Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Fourth of July

Second Thoughts doesn't go in for jingoism or false patriotism — but the anniversary of our nation's declaration of independence lo those many years ago is reason to celebrate.

If you saw the end of today's column, you know that my celebration is mostly about being thankful for the rights, freedoms and priviledges guaranteed by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the successive Amendments to the Constitution. It is those guarantees that make America a great nation, and those of us who call America home lucky, lucky people.

In that spirit, I offer the following one-question quiz (which, if you answer correctly without Googling for help, makes you one of a very select group of Americans):

Q: What are the five freedoms specifically protected by the First Amendment?

A: Tune in to the blog Wednesday to find out. 'Till then, have a happy Fourth.

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