While you’re enjoying fireworks, barbecues, and the company of family and friends, remember what this fabulous holiday is all about:
I give thanks every single day for the blessing of being an American citizen — something only made possible by the courage and sacrifice of men like John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and the rest of the Founding Fathers.
I’m going to see what appears to be an extraordinary film about our exceptional country tomorrow night with my dear friend and patriot Harriet Baldwin, and two new wonderful friends who share the same love and appreciation for the greatest country in the world. Yeah, I’m a jingo and damn proud of it. That’s why I fight so hard to restore the nation birthed by the greatest political act in history.
Is it perfect? Of course not. But as life on earth goes with fallible humans, if you are blessed to be an American you are very blessed indeed. I’ll post a review of America by Dinesh D’Souza on Thursday. God bless the USA, D’Souza and everyone else involved in the making of this film. Visit AmericaTheMovie.com for more information.
I’ve gotten a bit behind on blogging here, as I’m involved with another major website project and internet radio network, aside from Writestream and ghostwriting duties. If you’ve missed an episode with hosts Lisa Tarves, John D. Gresham and me, click on the Writestream Show Page on Blog Talk Radio to listen to the archives.
To our readers and soon-to-be Blog Talk Radio listeners, we hope you have a happy and safe Independence Day! I avoid referring to it as “the 4th of July” because it tends to cloud the significance of the holiday — independence. It’s also a commemoration of the most courageous, important and world-altering political event in history. How sad that in our dumbed-down culture people tend to lose all sense of Independence Day’s significance.
Part of the reason for this is also human nature. We’ve all heard true adage, “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.”
When you’ve always had your freedom, it’s easy to take it for granted. It’s way too easy to get comfortable and lulled into complacency — and into the false belief that liberty is a natural political state.
As any history buff knows, this is definitely NOT the case. Governments since the dawn of time have mostly been comprised of some sort of centralized control — whether it’s a monarchy, oligarchy or dictatorship. While God endows every human being with unalienable rights, flawed human nature consolidated in the form of oppressive political systems has trampled all over them throughout the centuries. While freedom is a natural state of man, it’s not a natural state of government.
Which is exactly why what America’s Founding Fathers did on July 4, 1776 is the greatest political event in history. Knowing that by signing the Declaration of Independence they were also signing their death warrant, our Founders nevertheless stood strong and united against tyranny and in defense of every individual’s God-given right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. (Note: it’s pursuit of happiness; not a guarantee of it). That is what we celebrate every year on July 4 as the blessed recipients of their legacy.
So yes, have a blast watching fireworks, eating burgers and hot dogs and hanging out by the beach. But remember to bless the memory of America’s Founding Fathers who made it possible for all of us to live in freedom. Then rejoin the fight to preserve it.
We live in the greatest nation the world has ever known — an exceptional country founded upon the unprecedented principles of governance in which the the individual and his or her right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness reigns supreme. A country founded not upon shared nationality but upon the shared ideals of God-given rights, individual liberty, religious freedom, personal responsibility, self-reliance, spirituality, faith and morality, where government would necessarily be limited. Living in a world in which governments consisted of centralized control in one form or another — whether monarchies, oligarchies, dictatorships – the USA’s Founding Fathers truly were the “radicals” of their day for rejecting centuries of historical precedent and forging ahead at great peril to life and property to establish one nation under God where each individual was free to worship (or not) in their own way, fulfill their life purpose, pursue their dreams and find their own happiness.
And were it not for the courage, honor and heroism of America’s military — from the American Revolution to the War of 1812 to the Civil War to World Wars I and II to the current fight against radical Islamic terrorism — none of us would enjoy the blessings of freedom in these United States. On a personal level, the fact that my own great-grandparents and grandparents willingly left behind their country, culture, family, friends and way of life in order to cross an ocean to settle in a foreign land where they’d have to learn a new language, work long hours, assimilate into the culture and start their lives over is a compelling testament to the superiority of the American way of life. They wanted to escape big government to come to a place where they could freely pursue their dreams and lay the foundation for a better life for their children, grandchildren and generations to follow. Many also wore the uniform and served honorably.
To all who have lost their lives in the defense of freedom and the United States of America, I salute you. Thank you for your willingness to defend this nation and to pay the highest price for doing so. May you rest in peace in the presence of God. And may all of us in our own way fight to preserve the United States Constitution so that your sacrifices may not be in vain.