Martin Luther King Day, 2014by Fred F. Farkel, Monday, January 20th, 2014
Guest editorial by Stan Stahl, Ph.D.
I publish 6 or so essays a year in honor of the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, etc. My objective is to write in ways that bring us together around the ideals of America, rather than in ways that separate us. I am proud that readers often tell me they find my essays inspiring, for it means that I have captured that inspiration which is America.
My website The Agnostic Patriot provides a platform for my essays, which, as my readers know, are about America’s search for common ground as we the people continually co-create America’s more perfect union.
Why the name The Agnostic Patriot? My sole axiom is the Declaration’s self-evident assertion that we are all created equal. On all other matters, I strive to be politically agnostic.
America to me is not about “winning;” it is in steering that course of liberty between the tyranny of the King and the tyranny of the mob.
Like my essays, The Agnostic Patriot is a work in progress. In addition to holding all of my essays since 2005. I continue to populate a “Favorites” page, containing various writings and links that I find particularly meaningful. I also have a “News & Commentary” page which contain my “Let Freedom Ring” Twitter feeds broken into categories ranging from politics to philosophy. I have recently added a page to hold the writings of my son, Jonathan, as he thanks the veterans of the vietnamese war, one soldier to another. His is a reminder that freedom is never free.
This essay begins my 13th year of writing these freedom essays. I wrote my first essay on the Thanksgiving after 9/11, giving thanks to the the fundamental principles of the American dream: freedom, liberty and a civil body politic.
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If you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against.
– Sent ts’an, c. 700 C. E.
Martin Luther King Day, 2014