Independence Day: Earning the freedom to BBQ

Independence Day 2013 is now but a memory. It is Monday and it is back to work. Photo: File

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2013 – Independence Day 2013 is now but a memory. It is Monday and it is back to work.

American independence from British rule should be celebrated with pomp and circumstance, bells and whistles, and, of course exploding fireworks. It should be a time to reflect and remember all those that put their lives and fortune on the line for the freedom to explore the uncertain future of a new republic.

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That new Republic, which we know as the “Early Colonies,” had a vision of a new land, a new land that would be carved out by hard work, and their faith in God.

Those colonists asked for nothing more than the freedom to govern themselves, and build their own lives, without any outside influence from any power other than that from their creator.

These early settlers had a dream, and a purpose that was far greater than them, and to realize this dream they knew that it was going to take blood sweat, and tears to realize the dream of freedom from Great Britain.

On the 4th of July 1776, with Thomas Jefferson as the principal author, through the Declaration, the people expressed its desire to be a free and independent people, free from repression, taxation and, yes, abuse.

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Subsequent to this declaration, on July 2th, 1776, the Second Continental Congress approved the resolution which inspired John Adams to write his wife, Abigail: ”The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.  It ought to be by solemn acts of devotion to (God almighty).  It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parades, with shows, games, sports, guns and bells, bonfires and illumination from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

I think for the most part we have followed this pattern of celebrating that which John Adams envisioned. In his letter to Abigail, John Adams first thought was that the people should give solemn acts of devotion to (God Almighty). It’s sad that from the highest offices of this great Nation to our homes, we are encouraged to have our BBQ, fireworks, and days off, and all the other pomp and whistles, but seldom do we ever hear our leaders encourage a solemn day to give God and praise and thanks for the freedom we enjoy.

I have written many times that we Americans are “A Can Do People,” but not all of our freedom is derived from the hands of the people. We have been greatly blessed by our creator, and I might add, we will continue receiving these blessing, if, we the people, choose the Right Path, and follow the example of the founding fathers by keeping, and respect in soul and deed the wise words of wisdom which have been passed on to the American People.

For many generations to come, the Declaration of Independence will be celebrated and the people that have immigrated to this great land will hopefully gain a greater understanding of the blood, sweat and tears that those early Americans willingly gave, in order for us to have the freedom to dream, and BBQ.


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