Independence Day is a relic that has little meaning in America today. It is like the Confederate flag; a symbol of a time far distant that most Americans have long forgotten. Independence Day has always been one of my favorite holidays, right behind Easter and Christmas, because it celebrated the valor and sacrifice of our forefathers as they embarked on a struggle for liberty, against impossible odds, in order to create the most unique and righteous form of government in the history of mankind.
Rejecting for the first time the Divine Right of Kings, which posited that God had ordained certain men to rule over us, our Founding Fathers declared that all men are created equal, and are endowed with certain unalienable rights simply by virtue of their birth as children of the Creator, and government was just only when acting by the consent of the governed. It cannot be understated just how revolutionary an idea this was.
Our forefathers fought and died to secure this idea of liberty. General George Washington, commissioned by the Founders, led a rag-tag band of ill-trained, ill-equipped farmers and merchants to victory against the far superior British, suffering far more defeats than victory, retreating more often than advancing, yet by the hand of Divine Providence achieved victory, accepting the surrender of Lord Charles Cornwallis and his forces at the conclusion of the Battle of Yorktown.
At this point though, it may be time to just do away with Independence Day celebrations. Considering the level of government tyranny we have accepted, it is farcical to continue to pretend that we are a free nation.
Beg to differ?