Recently, I was asked if I was ready for the 4th of July. I wasn't asked about Independence Day. I doubt, sincerely, If the person actually understood that they are both the same day. I know what he meant by the question. He was inquiring as to whether I was stocking on food and drink and fireworks. If I knew where, and with whom, I was going to spend the day.
What struck me is that we, somehow, have stopped celebrating Independence Day.
Yes, I am a bit older, but not ancient. I come from the age of God and Country. Independence Day was full of patriotic music, speeches, honorings and history. Parades of red, white and blue with marching bands playing John Philip Sousa marches, and our National Anthem. We had concerts in the park and a feeling of well being and unity that our fore fathers had started a tradition of sacrifice to insure that we would, never again, be dependent upon any outside influence. We would increase, on our own and with our own resources, the greatness of the people living in the original thirteen States and all who wished to join them.
Of course, we also had the excessiveness of the day and over indulgences and the fire works. But the emphasis was still rememberance and pride.
We no longer celebrate "Independence Day". We no longer linger on the amazing sacrifice that some people made over two hundred and thirty years ago. They declared separation and independence from an oppressive outside influence who was raising prices (taxes) on them for their own gain and making life and living in the colonies too expensive for the wages earned. Does this sound familiar?
They deliberately worked to find a solution to their problem. They got together and discussed, debated and prayed together over their situation and determined the best course of action would be to become a sovreign nation. They would no longer be subject to outsiders who would not have their best interests at heart.
Some of them lost a a great deal in the process. Some lost their lives, some lost their wealth, some lost their families. The cost for doing the right thing is very great. But they gained honor and respect and started what has turned out to be the greatest country. They came up with the idea that the citizens should reign. Not completely novel, but with the correct tweaking the most workable government ever devised by man.
The "people" have given their government up to the politicians. These politicians do not seem to understand the sarifices of Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and John Hancock. They do not share their vision of independence. We have stopped being "We the people" and have become "what will the world think of us?". This what they think. We are no longer united. We are split, divided. United, we stand, divided we fall. The "greatest" country the world has ever known could be one of the most short lived.
Our founding fathers based our laws on the Laws of God as derived from the Holy Bible. They prayed in unity before setting down our Constitution. We claim to go to war to advance democracy throughout the world but cower in the face of religious fanatics who would like to destroy us. To our current politicians the United Nations is more important than God the Creator.
Independence is sovreignty, individuality, absolute and unyeilding. Over the last few years these qualities have been compromised. We have forgotten our heritage as a country.
We no longer display the will to be independent.
Yes it is only the 4th of July. Just another day on the calendar unless we all step up and start to unify. Let us become one country again. Let us stop being Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals.
May God, once again, Bless America as He blessed the children of Israel in the desert. Each time they went away from Him, He gave them a chance to ask for forgiveness. Each time they did, He blessed them again.
Let us ask for forgiveness as a people. He will then bless us as people.
Have a happy Independence Day.
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