— John Adams, toasting the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence
As Americans celebrate Independence Day this weekend, a pause for reflection on the current threat to freedom is warranted.
History teaches that Islamist murderers are not the first terrorists we’ve been forced to fight. Barbary pirates attacked U.S. vessels in the 18th and 19th centuries, and virtually alone among nations — sound familiar? — the fledgling United States fought back and prevailed. A century ago, terrorists from Mexico, masquerading as revolutionaries, crossed our border to kill Americans. U.S. forces stopped the attacks.
Our current foe, dispersed worldwide and intent on acquiring weapons of mass destruction, is more formidable to be sure. But there is every reason to believe they will meet the same fate as the murderous pirates and the Mexican terrorists commanded by Pancho Villa, provided Americans retain the defiant spirit that motivated the Founders to issue as radical a document as the Declaration of Independence.
Islamist terrorists, while uniquely savage, are no match for the power of a free people moved by the revolutionary idea that all men are created equal.
Anchored in liberty and the knowledge that the United States remains a surpassing symbol of the superiority of democratic ideals — the bowing and scraping of our current president notwithstanding — we will prevail in this dangerous clash of cultures. And in so doing, we will remind the rest of the world that the ideals set forth so eloquently on the first Independence Day are indeed worth fighting for.
Read more on the Outlook and Perspective pages of CSI's Walworth County Sunday e-edition on pages 8A and 9A. and add your comments below.