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04-JUL-2004 Michael Todd Thorpe

July 4th - Liberty

Some thought on this Fourth of July.

The word "patriotism" has been bandied about far too much since 9/11.
I fear people have lost site of what the word actually means and, more importantly,
people have draped themselves in the word, much as they have the flag.
Patriotism can slip into jingoism without even trying.

On this holiday, I prefer the word "liberty."
It's what was fought for all those years ago, what our country was founded on.
I think the word invokes personal responsibility as well as personal freedom.
It is what we should cherish. It is the light we should hold up, both as a country and as people.

Liberty is what we should remember before we trample about in the name of patriotism.

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Karen Stuebing05-Jul-2004 09:14
Unique capture of a flag. And excellent commentary to go with it.
Guest 05-Jul-2004 00:36
Great thoughts to go with a superb image. Very well done! Happy Fourth, Todd!
Dawn04-Jul-2004 22:16
Bravo! and wonderful image.
Don Northup04-Jul-2004 21:12
I agree with Nikki. cheers
petesie04-Jul-2004 20:52
I've been enjoying Fourth of July photos all day, and
have to say I really am impressed with your photo and
your words. Thanks, and here's to liberty for all of us.
Guest 04-Jul-2004 20:22
jude04-Jul-2004 20:15
Excellent shot. excellent words... Love the creativity there