Today, we celebrate our forefathers declaring independence from the British Empire. To be honest, days have gone by in search of a topic. Minutes have passed sitting in front of my computer waiting for Calliope to tap my shoulder. I still have nothing to say. Oh, I could talk about my ancestors who fought during the Revolutionary War (there were many) or how proud I am to be an American.
The truth of it is I am proud to be an American, yet, I can’t help but feel our ancestors, who fought so fiercely for independence, would hang their heads in shameful defeat if they could see us today. The mental picture saddens my heart. I feel as if we let them down. As I wallow in my moodiness, a question comes to mind. Where did we go wrong? The pros and cons list of our country is lengthy. I am not interested in making lists today. Although, I have a sneaking suspicion things started to go downhill with President Woodrow Wilson signing the Federal Reserve Act. The decline gained speed with President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deals. Here we are today with a Brobdingnagian government that sees fit to micromanage the populace.
What can we do to stop the further decline of our country? Like everyone else, I do not have the answers. We have a big country and with that comes big problems. Am I in favor of a smaller federal government? Yes. Do I think we need education reform? Yes, badly. Would I like to see a flat tax across the board? You bet. I won’t even mention the ruling triangle of Pharma, Mega Corporations, and Government. That is a juggernaut all by itself.
On this 4th of July, we should ask ourselves what does it mean to be American? Is the Declaration of Independence from 240 years ago still relevant today? I think it is. We don’t need a bloody revolution to bring about change. As a people, we need to stand up and say, “No, no more.” Easier said than done, I know. Change is never easy. It takes fierce determination and one voice. However, there is a deep chasm in our country, ripping us apart. As long as the American people remain divided, any hope for real change is minimal at best.
So, on that note join me in raising a glass to those who had the courage to stand together for their freedom 240 years ago. May we endeavor to be more like them.
Thank you for reading.
J. R. Lowe