Today is Independence Day in the United States – a day that is unfortunately referred to more commonly as the 4th of July. Addressing this day as its date each year rather than by its proper name seems to have distracted many of us from what this day is truly about. I’m confident an unscientific poll, if one were taken, would reveal that the first things that come to peoples’ minds when asked about Independence Day / 4th of July would be things like fireworks displays, grilling out, spending time with friends and family and a day off of work. How sad.
While pondering these thoughts for a few days now, my disgust was re-sparked just last night while watching the NASCAR race at Daytona. A pit-side reporter, wrapping up his commentary, referred to today as Memorial Day before catching himself and “fixing” the issue by saying the 4th of July. We Americans seem to be on a path of destruction, one which is no one’s fault but our own. Ignoring, rejecting or just being plain ignorant to our Nation’s history will, if it has not already, lower us to a worldwide standard or rank never before known to this fine nation of ours. I recently posted this on my Facebook status:
I am thankful to God to be an American. We are the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, One Nation under God. Indivisible with Liberty and Justice for All. It’s about time we start acting like it.
I have never been an outspoken advocate for much of anything. I’m quite a passive guy, Live and Let Live could have been my official motto. With the swiftly-changing landscape of our beloved country, I’m beginning to feel, more than ever before, a burden to step up and do whatever I can to somehow help open the eyes of those around me to the fallacies of our nation’s government. There seems to be an idea of Government is Good and No worries, they’ll take care of it for me in way to many aspects of our daily lives. Big government spells big trouble folks. A brief look at any of the other major countries around the world would easily show this.
For whatever reason, we are or have become a Dependent nation more than an Independent one. I’m not speaking in terms of outsourcing our manufacturing to nations capable of mass-producing acceptable products for dirt-cheap prices. I’m referring to our (used collectively here, I fully realize such is not true for each and every American citizen) reliance and ultimate dependence on our federal government to get us to tomorrow. When I say tomorrow, I don’t mean 30 years from now. I literally mean tomorrow, the day after today. If I can’t afford the home I live in, or that nice fancy boat I just had to have or the sports car in my garage, as an American I have two options. 1. Work harder so that I can in-fact afford these items or 2. Sell these items, downsize, liquidate my possessions until I am able to live within my means.
Unfortunately, it seems many Americans do not hold this same viewpoint. After some thought, it’s becoming clear as to why. Human nature dictates that if someone (in this case, the federal government) is willing to continually extend its hand in unemployment benefits, where is the rationale that I should get off of the couch and find a job? This is only one example, but I’m confident you get the picture. Our government seems to prefer our nation be a welfare state instead of a free-thinking productive conglomerate of able-bodied, able-minded forward-thinking people who use their knowledge and talents to do good for humankind. I’ll say it again – how sad.
As you enjoy today’s cookouts, fireworks displays and whatever else you may have planned, please consider the purpose of the holiday – a celebration and recollection of our nation’s Independence. Many brave men and women gave their lives so that we may live as a nation, independent of others, blessed with freedoms and liberties not found anywhere else in the world. It’s time we quit taking these freedoms and liberties for granted. It is also time we step up as individuals, citizens of the United States of America, and let our displeasure in the path which has been chosen for us be heard very loud and very clearly. God Bless America.