Here we are once again: awaiting the day that we have marked to celebrate our independence from England through the birth of a new nation in 1776.
To most Americans, Independence Day is ushered in with picnics, cookouts, or visits to the seashore or mountains. Whether in a park, on a city balcony, or from our TV screens, most of us will view the fireworks displays as the day’s culmination. But in celebrating the Fourth of July, how independent are we, truly, as a people and a nation?
In 1776, the people and nation experienced the dream of being set free from tyranny (taxation without representation in England’s Parliament). This was an era when men and women were responsible for carving out their own destinies. Then, America was wide open, a vast and as yet largely unexplored land holding the promise of unlimited opportunities.
From the wilderness, pioneers created log cabin homes, farms, and eventually, towns and cities. Basically, these hardy, brave settlers lived off the land for food, shelter, and clothing, with the raw materials supplied by Mother Nature. Those were the days when we were truly independent.
Two hundred and thirty five years later (the year 2011), how things have changed! America no longer has the unencumbered opportunity and land to equate to true independence. Government, major financial institutions, and legislation have all changed the true meaning of independence.
True home ownership will never exist in the land of the free and the home of the brave, because such undertakings are encumbered by taxation and interest charges. One would think that the freedom for which we fought as a new nation would protect honest homeowners from such situations. These situations include the Sword of Damocles known as potential loss of home due to a recession that is, in actuality, a lot closer to an actual depression. So much for the time-honored cliché, “A man’s home is his castle.” Or a woman’s, for that matter.
Since the birth of this nation, government has manipulated laws and taxation to created dynasties; they’ve dubbed these dynasties “Departments.” Each Department has a Head as well as lots of staff whose salaries and perks have added to our country’s financial woes. The taxation that we viewed as unjust, the taxation that stimulated the birth of the United States of America, has now become stifling to our independence. We have, you see, become more and more dependent for our very existence upon our ever-ravenous, tax-siphoning government.
On July 4th, 2011, as we watch the display of fireworks and other entertainment in Washington DC, try not to choke on your hot dog or hamburger when they hand you the bill. What bill? Why, the one that will incur more taxes for average citizens due to the cost of the DC celebrations, of course!
How strange and unjust and plain insane is it, to view such costly festivities on national TV, including patriotic songs, Old Glory waving proudly, and “bombs bursting in air” in a country that is going broke? When you have the answer to that, you’ll also have the answer to the question, “Whatever happened to our independence?”