Independence Day

“We are not moved by the gloomy smile of a worthless king, but by the ardent glow of generous patriotism. We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in. In such a case we are sure that we are right; and we leave to you the despairing reflection of being the tool of a miserable tyrant.”

– Thomas Paine

Enjoy the 4th, everyone. And remember what it meant then — and what it means now.
Image from Animation Factory via www.theflagpole.com. Quote via Dave’s Patriotic Quotes.