God given unalienable rights

Happy Fourth of July Jonathan & Alice!
I remember spending several  Independence Days in the US, in my student days. As an internationalist I was initially disturbed by the rampant nationalism I saw, with stars and stripes everywhere. Nationalism is a divisive force, which has alienated minorities from Berlin to Belfast, and Jerusalem to Pakistan.

But beyond the glitz The American Declaration of Independence is a proclamation of truths that are self evident, that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

In three days time we will remember the bombings in London in 2005 when in the middle of the rush hour fanatics tried to indiscriminately maim as many innocents as they could. And on September 11 our thoughts will turn to the city you now live in, where fanatics from the same mould killed thousands in the twin towers.

Both attacks came from enemies of the spirit of the Fourth of July.

But as Bob Diamond walks away from Barclays with a cool £20 million, I’m reminded of Winston Churchill, who criticised a colleague who referred to the Labour Party as the enemy.

“No” corrected Churchill.
“They are our opponents. The real enemies are within.”

In the same way, there is no doubt that Bin Laden and the Taliban, no less than Hitler and fascism are opponents that had to be eliminated.

But a more corrosive enemy is the endemic greed within our society, characterised by Robert Diamond.

Have a terrific day. 
I recycle the Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr for Americans today:

God, give us grace to accept with serenity things that can’t be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed,
and the wisdom to distinguish one from the other. 
Living one day at a time, 
Enjoying one moment at a time, 
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did, 
This sinful world as it is, 
Not as I would have it, 
Trusting that You will make all things right, 
I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.

Published by Rob

Now 70, I'm getting back into website development and brand protection, as well as showcasing the delightful artistic talents of my beautiful wife Lynne. My projection will encompass a lifetime of database marketing, as well as the Christian democratic socialist ideals of my wife and I.

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