I am a Patriot
What the 4th of July means to me
To me, the 4th of July is more than just rhetoric to watch fireworks, and wave the stars and striped flag. Although both of these activities are symbolically important, I think that the Fourth of July represents something much deeper than these outer symbols.
To me the 4th of July celebrates freedom. The founders of our country came to this land to practice freedom, to seek freedom. They did this amidst rigid, authoritarian rule of their British ancestors. Because of this, they knew the values that this new land provided for them.
They wrote these values into the Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States of America, Bill of Rights and the other constitutional amendments.
The second sentence in the Declaration of Independence in particular highlights the freedoms that our nation upholds:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The First Amendment to the Constitution commonly referred to as the first of the Bill of Rights says,
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
I see this amendment as securing the gospel of the United States. Our Founders realized how important Freedom was to them that they wrote it into the Constitution as an afterthought.
Today our nation exists as a beacon of that freedom, drawing peoples from across the globe over every decade and Century to make what is the populace of our country, the United States. We are not strictly a nation of one race, we are fitted together colorfully and diversely. It is this multifaceted nature of our people which gives us our greatness. We bring together traits and qualities from around the globe and we meld them into our culture.
Our freedom has given us great strength. Our borders extend to far corners of the globe by way of our military bases and our political influence. Our dollar stands strong as an economic standard and our language is one of the most commonly spoken, if not the most common one on Earth.
I believe that we need to protect our freedom from the fruits of its own making. We need to carefully examine the outcomes that it has provided over the decades and centuries. We need to be willing, and strong as any strong nation would be, to discard the outcomes that aren’t working for us.
For example, does it seem logical that we would allow any one entity to donate as much money as they wanted to to get laws and candidates to our government elected? In other words, would the common person agree that we give the golden key to draw out our laws and decide our elections to the wealthy few who can afford to buy it? Of course they would not!
And yet that’s exactly what our high court, the Supreme Court, did in their decision of Citizens United.
Probably most people don’t even understand what that means. Because if they did I’m sure they would not allow it. Because freedom is built in to the DNA of United States citizen. And the United States citizen will not allow for the select few to make the decisions for the overwhelming majority. We live in the land where we are used to our voice being heard, and we will not stand for it being taken away. That is why as common citizens we need to end Citizens United, and restrict the amount of money that individuals and entities can give towards any election.
Otherwise, we are giving that entity or individual the right to mold our minds and make our decisions for us.
I’m so grateful that I still have the right and the privilege to speak my mind here in these United States. My goal is to make a country and our world a better place. I strive to see the common individual getting what they need, and for the individual and our country collectively to share our bountiful wealth to assist those who have less.
That is the ultimate value Freedom brings.