Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Flying Colors


Marine View ( Boston Harbor)
Thomas Birch ( 1779-1851)
oil on panel.

Independence Day. The 4th of July.

Sunday, July 1, marked Canada Day.

We are as closely linked on the calendar as we are by continent and by history.
By border, by breed, by blood.

And though our ships of state achieved independence by different methods - methods which have indelibly marked our separate identities - our counties both hold paramount the right and freedom of speech and expression.
In spite of the raucous claims of those who cannot distinguish the woods from the trees and who fail to understand that freedom of speech does not include the prerogative that others either listen or agree.

We live in a golden age.

We are free.

23 comments:

writtenwyrdd said...

How well put! I am sitting here at work today, so no fireworks for me.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Written.
Resist the urge to light a rocket up someone's....

writtenwyrdd said...

Ooh, some days, I'm sorely tempted...

Robyn said...

Amen.

Americans need reminding that our First Amendment gives us freedom of speech, not freedom from speech.

Bernita said...

It's amazing, Robyn, how often free disagreement with speech is taken as a denial of the right to speak.

LadyBronco said...

Here, here!

Alas, no fireworks in my hometown ~ only the big ones in the park.

raine said...

Well spoken!
God help those with blogs if this were not true, lol.

Charles Gramlich said...

I like the point that people are not required to listen just because someone has the right to speak. That's a point too often forgotten.

Bernita said...

But"the flag is still there," Lady B!

So true, Raine!

And they can get quite hysterical about it too, Charles.
Reminds me of those writers who feel publishers have an obligation to print their stuff, regardless.

writtenwyrdd said...

Freedom of speech seems to be so very often the freedom to insist you are right, to keep yelling and screaming, or proselytizing to convince/convert/confuse folks into agreeing with you. Form over substance, that...

ORION said...

Happy belated birthday Canada!
Hawaii goes crazy with fireworks and it's been so dry lately.
You make a good point. It seems the more vocal entities are the more credibility they are given.
We have a right to speech and we have a right to not listen...

Bernita said...

So true - and so tiresome, Written.

Thank you, Pat.
Really, our most dangerous censor is sometimes ourselves.

writtenwyrdd said...

Really, our most dangerous censor is sometimes ourselves.

So true! The meek do not inherit the Earth...they get trampled by those who like to yell.

Ah, enough cynicism from me, anyhow. I hope your Canada day was fun and full of family and whatever traditional things you do in your household.

Jon M said...

Best wishes from this side of the pond...from the independent Republic of Wirral...we can dream! :-)(it's the sticky out bit under Liverpool if you look on a map!)

Adrienne said...

Lovely little post.

Thanks for the Canada day mention too!

Donnetta Lee said...

Point well made, Ms. Bernita. Ah! Love the smell of freedom. Makes life worth living. Makes writing worth attempting.
Donnetta

Bernita said...

Thank you, Written,Jon, Adrienne, Donetta.

Freedom of speech means freedom of spirit...freedom of soul, too - I think.

Rick said...

Yes. Very gracious, too - it can't always be easy, sitting next to the really big kid.

Bernita said...

There are worse places to sit, Rick.

writtenwyrdd said...

BTW I nominated you for a Thinking Blogger Award. Just cuz I love yer stuff, lady.

December/Stacia said...

*applause*

EA Monroe said...

We've had so much rain, I imagine our fireworks might be duds this evening!

Bernita said...

And I yours. You're a Dear Girl, Written. Thank you.

Happy Indie Day, December!

Keep your powder dry, Elizabeth!