Freedom. When you think about that word, what comes to your mind? Is it the right to free speech? The right to bear arms? Today we celebrate so many freedoms that we all have but take advantage of on a daily basis.
But here are a couple of questions I want to pose to you? Do you think about how much it costs to afford such freedoms? Do you know how much blood has soaked its way into the very grounds you walk on every single day?
Today we celebrate America and her 241 year birthday from when the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. But what did it take for us to be given such freedoms as “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”?
Today I fear that the vision that these men strove for, fought and died for has become corrupted by the very same ideals that it gave birth to. For example, the Removal of the Robert E Lee statue from New Orleans; a symbol of Southern history, was taken away because it was said, as The Washington Post puts it, “They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, ignoring the terror that it actually stood for,” This was not so.
My friends and fellow Americans, these men who fought for what they believed was right was exercising the very same rights that give those who scream for “equality” in this modern day. They wanted to change slower and at their own pace; yes it was at the cost of lives but is that not what this whole country was founded on?
I do not defend the choices the Confederates made but it hurts to my very core, that we are trying so hard to eliminate our history just because it “rubs us the wrong way”. If anything, we should see such symbols as a reminder of something we no longer wish to be. Celebrate our Independence from ideals that are no longer tolerated and remember that we will never allow ourselves to be subject to our twisted beliefs.
Sadly though, “equality” is not being given to all is it? We criticize Christmas, a time that is meant to celebrate family, friends, and those we love because it “offends” those who don’t believe the same. Where is the freedom and equality in this?
This July 4th, can we remember what made this country great in the first place? Those men, women and children of all races, age, and religion who came together to battle the tyranny that chained all of us? Can we be Americans and not black, white, asian, hispanic for we have all shed blood to make Ole Glory what she is to this day!
America is NOT the government that runs her; she is the People who work the land, who fight for the under-privileged, who die overseas to protect her from terrorism!
Happy Birthday to our Stars and Stripes!
Happy Birthday Ole Glory!
May you stand as a symbol of hope as you did when the skies lit up with bombs and smoke and the cries of the men and women who fought to make you great!