Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Independence Day.

Well, once again it is the 4th of July. Independence Day...isn't that great!!! Most of you may be shocked to know this is not one of my favorite holidays. In fact, it is one of my least. Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday. We haven't been able to mess that one up yet.

Oh, don't get me wrong. I like the fact that it is a summertime holiday, and that it is a summertime party filled with beer and explosives....ha...how can you beat that...beer and explosives! I also like what it stands for which is the signing of the Decleration of Independence, which may be the best written docuement of all time. So, we celebrate the day; Independence Day.

Independence from what though??? Oh Britian you say... OK that is true, but we have since lost much if not all of our independence that was handed to us since then to our own government.

Many of you may be surprised to know that we actually have less independence and freedom today in America then what we did when we deciced to fight the British.

Americans love to say how they love freedom and independence, but it is not true. Americans, as a whole, no longer have any real love of freedom. It has been proven over and over again. Americans want security not freedom.

Oh sure ... we Americans want to be free to chose where we work , where we live, where we worship and what movie we are going to go see, but no one wants the personal responsibility to take care of ourselves and live with the consequences of our choices. We have government for that.

All too many of us our way to happy to let the government step in and relieve us of the responsibilities and consequences of choice.

We shouldn't have to decide our own salary, let the government decide what we should make with minimum wage. We don't want the freedom to choose our destiny and plan our own retirement, let the government do that with Social Security. Health care...It shouldn't be our responsibility, the government should take care of all of it...but I digress.

This is all I post on the blog today... I know none of you want to read this today...So just go out and have a great day, have a party and watch some fire works. If the oppurtunity arises maybe think about and ask yourself is it Independence and Freedom I am celebrating today or am I in the majority that celebrates Security.

Leave you with a couple Country Boy's suggested reading about what this great day is suppose to be about....

Go buy the book "1776" and read it. You will read about how the patriots where in the minority. That is right, those who wanted freedom from Britian where a minority in the colonies. At not one point during the Revolution War did the majority of the colonies want Independence. So, if you want security over Freedom don't feel bad you have always been in the majority.

You will also read about American patriots, who in 1776 marched across frozen ground without shoes --- leaving a trail of blood --- just to fight for independence from Great Britain. Do such men that would make that kind of sacrafice fall in our ranks today? You bet they are serving in Iraq and Afghnistan, unfortunately they make up about 1% of the American population.

Here is an awsome essay about the signing and signers of the Decleration of Independence. Read this one and then ask yourself; are you worthy of the sacrafice that these men made for us to live in the greatest nation ever handed over to man?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love it when you realy, truly make me think...I have never thought of it like that...good stuff.

Cassandra said...

Well Damn Tony I loved the essay you but on your reading list. You always give me something to think about in your righting and this time was no different. Keep up the excellent work.