Before I begin, I know that some of you might be saying, “But didn’t you just say that your last article may be your last?” You’re right, I did say that, but some of you know me better than I, apparently, know myself. Writing is in my blood, and once an idea springs up in my head it rolls around and builds until I can no longer take it and I am forced to put those thoughts down on paper. So disregard any mention I may have made about giving up writing, or just take it as the frustrated ranting that it is.
In July of 1776 fifty-six men affixed their signatures to a document that was an open declaration of treason against their government. On this day, July 4, we celebrate what they did. But, are we truly celebrating Independence Day, or is it just another excuse for us to get a day off from work, barbecue some ribs or chicken, or even go buy something at one of the many sales going on to ‘celebrate’ Independence Day?
To me, to celebrate something means I must first understand what it is that I am celebrating, and what it is about it that makes it worthy of celebration. From my perspective I don’t see that we have that much to celebrate.
Our Founders did not want to severe the ties which bound them to England, but they were forced to because the King would not respect the colonies and enacted laws which the colonists felt deprived them of their God-given rights. The Declaration of Independence states, “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” That is the underlying principle for which we celebrate July 4th every year.
My question therefore is this, why are we celebrating a holiday which honors a group of men who took a stand against tyranny, while two centuries later we let modern day tyrants run amok all over our rights and the limits of power we have given them? Doesn’t that seem just a bit hypocritical to you?
All over the world people are rising up against their governments, and OUR government, for the most part, support these people as ‘freedom fighters.’ Yet we, those of us who stand for limited government and a respect for individual rights, are labeled as terrorists or traitors here at home.
My God people, our government is giving millions of dollars to Syrian rebels and arming them with weapons to fight tyranny, yet those same weapons are deemed illegal for American ‘freedom fighters’.
In Egypt right now an estimated 17 million people are in the streets protesting/celebrating the removal from office of Mohamed Morsi. With a population of 82.5 million people that is roughly 20% of the population of that country in the streets protesting their government. Yet can we find 20% of the people of THIS country to take to the streets and stand against the tyranny that is going on before our very eyes? I think they might actually listen if 60 million pissed off Americans descended upon Washington D.C. and demanded they get their shit together, adhere to the Constitution, and leave our rights alone.
But there is a cancer that is eating away at this country, and it may be too far spread for us to save it. That cancer is the turning of the principles that founded this great nation into words used to define treason. But that IS what we are celebrating today, make no mistake about it. Therefore if my words often sound treasonous to you, then so be it. As Patrick Henry once said, “If this be treason, make the most of it.” I would much rather celebrate this nation’s birth with the spirit and sentiment it deserves than to dishonor it by accepting the politically correct nonsense that passes for patriotism these days. But that’s just me.
So go on, celebrate as you see fit. But just keep in mind that were the very people who signed the Declaration of Independence alive today, they WOULD NOT be celebrating what we have done to their gift to us.
Good day to you all.