"God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it." - Daniel Webster
Вот скинешь штаны, тогда и я тебя поздравлю.
«Ох как тяжко жить в России, в этом смердючем центре физического и морального разврата, подлости вранья и злодейства».
- Иван Аксаков, Письма к родным. (1849-1856)
спасибо, Лисса!
"This is a new event in the history of mankind. Heretofore most governments have been formed by tyrants, and imposed on mankind by force. Never before did a people, in time of peace and tranquility, meet together by their representatives, and, with calm deliberation, frame for themselves a system of government."
- Samuel Huntington
весьма независимая особа. Я бы ее тоже... поздравил.
А вот какую поздравиловку я видел к 60-летию Израиля, 2 года назад:

а как решаеЦЦа в США проНблема, если праздник падает на воскресенье?
С праздником!
Артур, а почему она в военной форме?
спасибо, Тата!
"A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government." - Edward Abbey
спасибо, Ольга!
"My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!"
- Thomas Jefferson
Спасибо, Маша!
"Self-government involves self-control, self-discipline, an acceptance of and the most unremitting obedience to correct principles... No other form of government requires so high a degree of individual morality."
- Albert E. Bowen
щиро дякую, nazavzhdy
"This nation came into being only through freedom of choice, sacrifice, labor, and struggle. Brave Americans gave their lives in the settlement of this nation - and in its preservation. Let us remember our heritage and recognize that the day of courage, labor, and sacrifice is never done. For the welfare of America, each citizen must develop a keener sense of responsibility for the solution of public questions - all public questions.
Our people must think. They must discuss. They must have the courage of their convictions. They must decide on a course of action and they must follow through. All this must be done freely, in the open, without government dictation or control."
- Ezra Taft Benson, "Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson"
спасибо, Шимон!
"Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it."
- John Quincy Adams
Cпасибо! и Вас тоже С праздником! классное фото!
thanx, Raechka!
"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."
- George Washington
спасибо, dimon_trigger
"This government never of itself furthered any enterprise, but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way. It does not keep the country free. It does not settle the West. It does not educate. The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way. For government is an expedient by which men would fain succeed in letting one another alone; and, as has been said, when it is most expedient, the governed are most let alone by it."
- Henry D. Thoreau, Civil Disobedience, 1849
"What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling seacoasts... our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in us. Our defense is in the spirit which prized liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands everywhere."
- Abraham Lincoln
С праздником Вас, ваших родных, близких и дальних.
Желаю счастья!
спасибо, adelynna, и Вам того же!
"Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains on their own appetites... Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon the will and appetite be placed somewhere, and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters."
- Edmund Burke
Артур, с праздником!! И чтоб этой независимости было - ну просто завались!! :)
С праздником, Орегоша! Независимости и свободы никогда не бывает слишком много.

"A people may prefer a free government, but if, from indolence, or carelessness, or cowardice, or want of public spirit, they are unequal to the exertions necessary for preserving it; if they will not fight for it when it is directly attacked; if they can be deluded by the artifices used to cheat them out of it; if by momentary discouragement, or temporary panic, or a fit of enthusiasm for an individual, they can be induced to lay their liberties at the feet even of a great man, or trust him with powers which enable him to subvert their institutions; in all these cases they are more or less unfit for liberty: and though it may be for their good to have had it even for a short time, they are unlikely long to enjoy it."
- John Stuart Mill