“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
“You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police … yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home — all the more powerful because forbidden — terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.”
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”
The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.
From the Preamble to the Constitution
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Oath to Uphold the Constitution
For members of Congress
“I, (name of Member), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
For the President
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves”
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
“My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of Earth.”
“Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets.”
Be sure to vote! As Americans, we have a precious gift and an awesome responsibility to take part in our Democracy. Be sure to go tomorrow and vote!
This right to vote is enshrined in our constitution and has been fought for in many ways, both by soldiers in war and by civil rights activists. Honor their achievements and efforts.
I am very proud to have a former student of mine and her business partner present this guest post about their travel company. I hope all of you enjoy this post and consider using their business!
Allow us to introduce ourselves. My name is Laura Pezzulich. My partner Creed Hyatt and I run our company, Educated Wanderer. We are based out of Allentown, Pennsylvania and have been around since 2015, though we have been leading travel groups for the past 12 years. As philosophers and avid travelers, our life’s work has grown into creating small group travel experiences to places that we want to or love to visit. The idea is to design trips that WE want to go on in hopes that other like-minded individuals will be interested to join us. Of course, this means there are certain preferable criteria each of our trips must meet as we plan our travel. Aside from the all-inclusive price which includes airfare, accommodations, admissions fees, transportation, and more, the kinds of experiences we incorporate into our travel are reading, culture, food, local spirits, and freedom to explore. I want to emphasize that education is what makes travel useful and that education truly encompasses all of these criteria.
Allow me to explain. By education, we do not mean simply learning the history of a place through reading or guided tours, though they are absolutely necessary pieces of the puzzle. What we mean by education is taking the culmination of experiences you will have, reflecting on how they challenge and make you feel, thereby learning something more about the world and its people, but most significantly learning something about yourself. This kind of knowledge sneaks up on you. It is not easily acquired, however our philosophy of travel is rooted in a belief of the zenith of the tangible and the intangible, the describable and the ineffable, of which we know will change ways you interpret everything. We feel comfortable claiming that we know this because we speak from our own experience and the experiences of those we have traveled with in the past. We want to help you understand your own experiences, just as any good teacher will do.
The problem that interferes with such understanding is life, which typically includes a list of duties we must perform to maintain a comfortable living situation. There is nothing inherently wrong about that. When we are at our jobs and at home we tend to be doing things for other people, thus we often neglect our spiritual and emotional needs, as we do not actively challenge our routines. That is where we come in. Creed and I want to give you the opportunity to disconnect from the usual to make room for connecting with your Self. At Educated Wanderer, we do not take you on vacations. Our job is not merely to show you a good time, regardless of the fact that we do indeed have an utterly fantastic time! Rather, we find it to be our duty to encourage and facilitate learning experiences for people because the most meaningful part of our work is people and cultivating a sense of community. Essentially . . . you.
To that end, we have designed four trips scheduled during the year 2019 to Italy, Spain, Iceland, and Germany. Please visit our website at http://www.educatedwanderer.com for more information. Scroll through our online library of relevant texts to help acquaint you with your intended destination. If you have questions please call us, email us or visit our office. If you are really old-school, we also respond to carrier pigeons or balled up pieces of paper thrown at us while we walk down the street. We absolutely love talking with people about our travel ideas and about your travel dreams! We hope to hear from you and we hope you will join us in 2019!
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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
“Feelings, too, are facts. Emotion is a fact. Human experience is a fact. It is often possible to gain more real insight into human beings and their motivation by reading great fiction than by personal acquaintance.”
“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”
John F. Kennedy
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Robert F. Kennedy
I wish all a happy and safe 4th of July. Please celebrate safely, have fun, and take a moment to remember all those who sacrificed to bring freedom.
Let us also remember that freedom includes everyone of all races, religions, ethnicities, backgrounds, classes, sexual orientations, creeds, and neurodiversities–and any others I may have forgotten. Freedom demands inclusion, not exclusion. Let us remember that freedom for all is the basis and the promise, if not always the reality, of the United States of America.
Let us keep The United States of America a shining light to the oppressed of the world. Let us remember the words on the Statue of Liberty:
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
Let us remember that we, as human beings, are connected, that we all have a place in the world. Let us remember the value of freedom and democracy. The fourth of July is more than a day of fireworks–it is a day of the celebration of freedom. Let us never lose that freedom.
We must always remember that. We are all connected. We, all of us, are the people.