The Great Spirit and the search for America
The First Warrior looked out on the land and his Home.
He saw the hills
And the stars
And he was happy.
For giving him his home, the first warrior told the Great Spirit
That he would fight and win many battles in His honor.
But the Great Spirit said, “No, do not fight for me.
Fight for your tribe,
Fight for the family born to you,
Fight for the brothers you find.”
“Fight for them,” the Great Spirit said, “for they are your Home.”
-- Henry Standing Bear to Eda Black Kettle, Longmire Season 2, "The Great Spirit"
Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people. We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should. Happy Fourth of July.
-- President Ronald Wilson Reagan, July 4th, 1981