Mouth That Roars

Bill Liblick has made a name for himself of National TV Talk Shows where he spouted his outspoken views from the front row. Now he offers you his opinion every week in the "MOUTH THAT ROARS" Column in the Sullivan County Post.

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July 3rd, 2009

Celebrating our independence and democracy that comes with it

As we gather for our BBQ’s and firework displays to celebrate our independence, we must all take a moment to be thankful for the freedom our Constitution and Declaration of Independence has granted all of us.

Although the true meaning of the holiday revolves around our independence from Britain, it is the democracy that was born with it that we must all celebrate.

Together with Democracy comes the American Dream, and that is continually being played out before us each and every day. It has even made it permissible for us to elect the first African American President, something that was once thought of as being an impossible thing to do.

We are certainly a diverse nation made up of vibrant people. It should not be difficult for us to understand why so many people leave their suppressed countries to settle in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

In Sullivan County we have an extra reason to celebrate our Independence as we also mark our Bicentennial.

Many towns and villages will be celebrating this weekend with firework displays, street fairs, and other festivities. The Liberty Chamber of Commerce will be holding their 16th annual Fourth of July Parade and Festival tomorrow on Main Street starting at noon.

Next Saturday former County Clerk Neil Gilberg along with the Town of Fallsburg will be holding their annual Francis Curry Day event at Morningside Park saluting those who fight to protect our Independence.

Time and time again we often take for granted the freedom and independence our constitution awards us. In other countries the media is controlled by the government, and expressions of diverse opinions are denied.

The publishers and editors of The Sullivan County Democrat fully understand the true meaning of freedom of speech. Twice a week, they provide us with an outlet to express our viewpoints in a forum that is open, honest, and uncensored.

I am grateful to be afforded the opportunity to discuss the issues facing us on a weekly basis. Hopefully my columns assist in creating honest dialogue throughout Sullivan County.

I only wish those who disagree with what I have to say would stick to the issues I am writing about. When they attempt to twist the truth and say I have a personal agenda built on self motivations it is not only pathetic but equally appalling and shameful.

But, then again, I do have an agenda, and that is Sullivan County and its future. And, those people who know me know I really do care about Sullivan County. That is why I guess I rock the boat a bit.

Although some of us might not understand our differences or disagreements, we must learn to tolerate and respect them.

No matter ones viewpoints, race, creed, color, gender, age, education, wealth, sexual orientation, or religious ideology, we all strive for the same goals and quality of life. Even though some of our customs, political beliefs, and the way we approach life may vary, we are all the same.

Every summer Sullivan County is inundated with diverse groups. Some of our summer residents dress differently and live life atypical from what we consider to be the norm. Understanding and acceptance can go a long way. Tempers need not boil over.

Let’s all give a positive impression of Sullivan County’s year round community to our summer visitors – it will go a long way.

Happy 4th of July and enjoy your hot dog!

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