Although most are unaware of this, today, July 2nd, is the day the 2nd Continental Congress voted to sever the ties which had bound them to Great Britain for over a century and a half. Technically the war for independence was already underway, with shots having been exchanged between patriot freedom fighters and the standing army of King George which was tasked with keeping the peace and enforcing British law upon the Colonies.
I find it interesting that this year’s 4th of July celebration in Washington D.C. is going to appear much more like the former parades in Moscow or Beijing; with a strong military presence. Is this to honor and pay respect for those who serve, or is it to show the world that America is not to be trifled with? I suppose one can only guess as to what goes on in the mind of our President.
You can call me unpatriotic if you want, (I’m getting used to it), but I think this is simply a display of American Imperialism and not a celebration of what July 4 used to represent. Simply put, July 4th is supposed to represent the courage and sacrifices our Founders exhibited and displayed in standing up to tyrants to defend their liberty. They sought no conquest, nor riches; only to ensure that they would be free to govern themselves as they saw fit, and that their rights would be secured.
You may have never thought about this, but our first organized army as a country, (The Continental Army), did not fight to defend America from foreign threats, but it fought against the agents of their government who sought to impose tyranny upon them. Funny how time, and a thorough indoctrination at the hands of government run schools changes our perspective on things, isn’t it?
I know there are those who disagree with me on this, but the freedom they fought for lasted but a short period; 13 years to be exact. In less than a decade and a half the former Colonies had gone from the freest in the world to having established a system of government that laid the groundwork which has seen the rights they fought for taken from their posterity.
For better or worse, in 1789 a constitution was ratified, implementing a strong centralized government that could, and has, expanded its powers well beyond those that those who ratified it were promised it would exercise. In doing so it has almost abolished State sovereignty; reducing the States to mere subsidiary holdings of the central government. It has seen the federal Leviathan spread it’s slimly tentacles into almost every aspect of our lives; violating our rights and liberty as it goes.
Our First Amendment guarantees us the freedom of speech and religion, yet we are not free to speak our mind, with all the restrictions imposed upon us by hate speech and political correctness. We are not free to worship when and where we please; with the Supreme Court all but putting up signs saying that God is not allowed in taxpayer funded public places.
Our Second Amendment declares that our right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; yet it HAS BEEN INFRINGED; multiple times by the current occupant of the Oval Office. Yet we say no more restrictive gun laws, then back up a step and repeat ourselves the next time they enact another law that infringes upon that right.
Our Fourth Amendment states that we shall be free from unreasonable searches and seizures; yet try telling a cop that they cannot search your car without a warrant, and try telling the NSA to stop spying upon your private conversations.
Those are just 3 of the rights that our Founders fought to secure for themselves, and for you and I; and we allow them to be taken from us because we prefer comfort or security, or simply because we are too cowardly to stand up to those in positions of authority…myself included.
I know, deep within my heart, that if a revolution were to come to this country, which side I would be on. I simply lack the courage of a Patrick Henry to stand up and be the first to say, “Give me liberty or give me death.”
And it is that spirit that we ought to be celebrating on July 4th; and if we can’t then we ought to just cancel the holiday and treat it like any other work day…for liberty and the love of it is gone and there is nothing left to celebrate.
And that’s my annual Independence Day rant for 2019…