Morning Coffee – Extended Weekend Edition

Yes, it's even Independence Day Weekend on the Moon

You know, I think the one thing that everyone needs, aside from a share of the obscene stacks of money that one candidate has amassed while the majority of the state suffers through a recession, is a long weekend.

I mean, why the heck not?

We’ve been working our patooties off and we need some time for R&R to keep from getting stabby, or worse.

And what better time than the celebration of our nation’s birthday. 234 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed, and we’re still kicking along. It’s good to be an American.

I don’t know about you but my weekend is filled with cookouts, gatherings, and all sorts of celebrations of our 234 years since telling the British Crown we’ve had enough.

But like all celebrations, no matter how joyous, Independence Day is an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices that got us here, what it means to be an American today, and how we want to shape the future of our nation going forward. In my view, in order to really appreciate all that we have, and have become, a little reflection is necessary. It helps reset your mind and your expectations as well as gives you some perspective on where we are and where we need to go.

The Declaration of Independence is such a document. Not only does it set forth the future philosophy of a nation, but looks back at the conditions that set the beginnings of our nation in motion.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

This is, perhaps the most quoted portion of the Declaration. But if you continue on down the document, you see that not only does it set the philosophy, but also a lists 27 things the British Crown had done to illicit the ire of the colonials, and eventually completely lose their trust.

It doesn’t take a revolution to make change, but it does take a thorough examination from time to time and merely waiting until election day is too late. We have to make our own change by defining the goals and principles to which we aspire.

In my mind, that’s the greatest contribution the Declaration of Independence has made to our nation. It defined those BIG goals, goals we are still aspiring to, and has served our nation well as a mission statement for the past 234 years.

So take a little time this weekend and reflect on our republic. Where do you want it to be, and how are you going to help get it there? I’m sure there will be as many answers as there are readers, but somewhere within all those answers is a kernel of consensus that will drive us forward and maintain a nation that has been a beacon of freedom for our world.

Happy Birthday America, and God Bless.

The Politico is talking TN-09, which brought some commentary from Zack at the CA politics blog and Mediaverse.

The flap over a Mosque to be built in Rutherford County has gone beyond a fevered pitch. Now Republicans are looking at tweaking the state law, proposed by Republicans and passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support, that helped the Mosque glide through the local zoning process. The changes will, no doubt, result in the law being unconstitutional. The problem with pushing religious freedom is that its also freedom for religions you may not like, guys.

Keeping the books is harder than you think, but a 5 month delay is troublesome.

Here in Memphis, the debate on the number and makeup of legislative districts for the proposed Metro Charter is heating up. I’m not going to add my voice to the debate just yet, but I have said my piece on the subject back at my blog.

The Memphis Daily News reports that The MED has a shiny new website. Looking good guys, but some email contacts would be nice for lazy people like myself.

Finally, our buddy Steve Steffens holds up the hot dog of truth for his childhood home of Weiner, AR. Folks, this is what small town America is facing.

Have a great weekend!

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