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  • Jul 04 / 2011
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Your Weekly Politickle: REPUBLIC

"A republic," said Franklin, "if you can keep it!"

Feel free to publish, post, or pass on Your Weekly Politickle by F.R. Duplantier:

REPUBLIC
Our Creator has blessed us a lot
Since the sound of that round-the-world shot,
But how long will we be
Still the land of the free
If the people don’t know what we’ve got?

From the archive:

INDEPENDENCE DAY
All the fireworks exploding on high,
Celebrating the Fourth of July,
Symbolize how we fought
For that world-changing thought:
If we cannot live free, we shall die.
2008

REVOLUTION REVERIE
I attend every fireworks show
With the spirits of men you may know:
General Washington,
Thomas Jefferson,
Adams, Madison, and Monroe.
2006

ANTHEM FELLOW
With Bates, Berlin, and Key,
I salute this “land of the free,”
This “land that I love . . .
With the light from above,”
Stretched “from sea to shining sea.”
2002

FLAG POLL
As a gift for every descendant
In a Pledge of Allegiance amendment,
Would it be permissible
After “indivisible”
To add “sovereign and independent”?
2001

Last week’s limerick:

DREAM JOB
“How things change from day to day,
What’s taboo becomes okay:
Though once arrested
For having molested,
I now work for TSA!”

Teach your kids “The History Chant” and they’ll know more about America than our president!

  • Jul 02 / 2010
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Inverting the Bill of Rights

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was intended to protect our right to practice our religious faith freely; and yet, the Supreme Court has often invoked this amendment to justify decisions restricting our freedom of religion. The nation’s highest Court has prohibited the teaching of religion in public schools, even when students have parents’ consent and a choice of religious denominations. It has also outlawed the recitation of prayers and the reading of the Bible in public schools. On the other hand, the Court has done nothing to curtail the promotion of secular humanism in the public schools, notwithstanding the First Amendment’s prohibition against “an establishment of religion” and the Court’s own ruling that secular humanism itself is a religion. – F.R. Duplantier, “Stifling the Free Exercise of Religion”

Gun Rights & Privacy Rights Targeted

Fair Trials and Due Process Threatened

  • Jul 01 / 2010
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Celebrate Independence!

INDEPENDENCE DAY
All the fireworks exploding on high,
Celebrating the Fourth of July,
Symbolize how we fought
For that world-changing thought:
If we cannot live free, we shall die.
2008

REVOLUTION REVERIE
I attend every fireworks show
With the spirits of men you may know:
General Washington,
Thomas Jefferson,
Adams, Madison, and Monroe.
2006

ANTHEM FELLOW
With Bates, Berlin, and Key,
I salute this “land of the free,”
This “land that I love . . .
With the light from above,”
Stretched “from sea to shining sea.”
2002

FLAG POLL
As a gift for every descendant
In a Pledge of Allegiance amendment,
Would it be permissible
After “indivisible”
To add “sovereign and independent”?
2001

  • Jul 08 / 2009
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Choose Your Master

It has been said before, but it bears repeating, that freedom itself is not free, and that eternal vigilance is the price of it. What needs to be said, however, is what freedom really is. In truth, there is no freedom but the freedom to serve. Freedom consists of nothing but a choice of masters. We will serve God, or we will serve Mammon. We will obey the promptings of our hearts, or we will follow the dictates of our livers. There is no other choice; there is no other freedom. And if we do not make a conscious decision, we will serve the devil by default. – “Free to Serve,” F.R. Duplantier

Monday I posted a politickle entitled “Non Serviam.” Perhaps it was the July 4th weekend that prompted me to write on the subject of rebellion, distinguishing between the legitimate and illegitimate versions. The week and a half between Independence Day and Bastille Day is a good time to reflect on that difference. Yesterday I posted a video of the oldest living Congressional Medal of Honor winner, a wonderful example of a man who served well. Tomorrow’s post will be devoted to his antithesis.

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