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2016-06-30

A Thought for the Week

by John M Grimes

The Proclamation of Independence of July 4, 1776, translated our forebears from being subject of a royal majesty into being free citizens of a nation that they themselves had created.
Citizenship is an active, not a passive condition. Citizenship carries with it responsibilities, as well as rights and privileges . . .
Couldn't it be said that it is the responsibility of the individual, rather than his rights and privileges, that gives him his strength and gives democracy its strength.
Unfortunately, too many Americans today are content to allow others to exercise the responsibilities of citizenship for them, taking but passing interest in the decisions being made locally and nationally for them.
On this Fourth of July, let us all breathe a solemn vow to commit ourselves to active, rather than passive, citizenship.
Let us remember that apathy is democracy's greatest enemy, and can do more to unravel our liberties than whole battalions of invading troops . . .