Our Independence Day is a day set aside to celebrate America’s freedom. Initially, freedom from British rule. Then, freedom from communism and socialism. Freedom from slavery. Freedom to express ourselves. Freedom to disagree. Freedom to gather our fellow Americans to affect change.
Regardless of the nation’s history, the fact is we are a freestanding and free governing nation, not run by or directed by a parent nation. That is worth recognizing and celebrating!
This social and political move toward minimizing the sacrifices made to free our nation is reprehensible. America’s conviction to continually fight to stand against tyranny, communism, socialism, and terrorism cannot be overstated. Brave volunteers have died for the freedoms we enjoy today; freedoms that have unbelievably been used to protest the very people who fought and died for their right to protest!
Make no mistake, our armed servicemen and women are not obligated, forced, or compelled to lay down their lives for our nation and its people. They courageously and resolutely step forward and volunteer for the position. And, frankly, for any American, who absolutely and comfortably benefits from that service, to even begin to think about speaking a harsh word, fail to support them in any way, or minimize the celebration of their acts of brave service, ought to be fully and utterly ashamed of themselves.
It is our American honor, privilege, and duty to celebrate our nation’s freedom, despite our horrible history of bigotry and slavery, despite our history of suffrage, despite our history of inner city murders, drug abuse, and gang violence; despite our systemic degradation of the family unit; despite it all … we are still a free nation with the right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, right to free speech, right to bear arms, and right to fair trial. We must not lose sight of our victories … our freedoms. They did not come easy, and they do not remain without courageous vigilance, commitment, skilled servicemen and women, and love of country.
Let’s put it this way: just because your child got an F in science in 5th grade doesn’t mean you can no longer celebrate his A’s and B’s in 10th grade does it? Every victory and success has merit and should not and must not be overshadowed, minimized, or erased by prior failures. Not only that, but victories absolutely must not be played down and replaced with repetitive reminders of old failures. So, why are people doing that with America?
Our United States military are high caliber human beings who put others above – way above – themselves and sacrifice more than any of us can truly imagine. They deserve our admiration, support, respect, and unwavering gratitude. So, celebrate the 4th day of July with a smile on your face and gratitude in your heart.
Thank you to all our brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces and the amazing families that support them. I am personally and eternally grateful for each and every one of you. May God bless America.
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