June14

Reflection

“On this Flag Day, in a country that is ideologically more divided than ever, let us remember our flag as a symbol of our founding principles, the struggle to keep the American dream alive, the history behind it and the principles for which it stands. Let us not just fly it thoughtlessly or with a shallow and false sense of patriotism. Our flag of red, white and blue is just cloth, but it reminds us of the countless unique individuals who, at great personal cost, have been the thread that has woven our country into “one nation under God… with liberty and justice for all.”

“This flag, which we honor and under which we serve, is the emblem of our unity, our power, our thought and purpose as a nation. It has no other character than that which we give it from generation to generation .Though silent, it speaks to us — speaks to us of the past, of the men and women who went before us, and of the records they wrote upon it.”
President Woodrow Wilson

Prayer

God guide and bless America.

Action

Try to look objectively at what is being said and written in the American political discourse of the present time. What is true to our stated principles? What demeans our values and integrity as a nation?  What supports them? Where do you stand?

Suggested Reading

America is much more than a geographical fact.  It is a political and moral fact – the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality.
Adlai Stevenson

This, then, is the state of the union free and restless, growing and full of hope.
So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith.
Lyndon B. Johnson 

This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.
Theodore Roosevelt

We need a new spirit of community, a sense that we are all in this together, or the American Dream will continue to wither. Our destiny is bound up with the destiny of every other American.
Bill Clinton

Standing as I do, with my hand upon this staff, and under the folds of the American flag, I ask you to stand by me so long as I stand by it.
Abraham Lincoln

Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
James Bryce

 

 

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