Happy 4th of July! It's been ten years since I lit up this town like a firecracker with my words.Did you know that my signature was requested by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper for the Declaration of Independence front page story which ran on 7/4/04? The headline:
INDEPENDENCE DAY reflections on Life, Liberty and the pursuit of HappinessI received a phone call from the publisher a few days before.
"We would like to include your submission to our request for readers' responses to, What the Declaration of Independence Means to Me in 76 words or less. Would you please fax your signature, so we can include your submission as one of the 14 signers?"
"Are you serious? My opinion was one of dissent. Are you sure you don't have mine confused with someone else's?"
"No, we need a variety of opinions and yours stood out."
without fear of repercussion,
the right to seek a comfortable
standard of living and the right
Our forefathers were well-intentioned,
but the right to pursue is no guarantee.
Many have suffered repression because
of their color, gender, age and class.
As America continues to erode from within,
I worry about the "inalienable" rights of my
elderly parents and my grandchildren,
all endowed by their creator.
Do we want a nation of Me-Me-Me instead of We-We-We, where the big dollar means more than the little person? I am hopping down off my soap box now.