Sunday, July 3, 2016

Independence Day

The Fourth of July is a federal holiday called Independence Day. That commemorates the day the First Continental Congress issued the Declaration of Independence, making the 13 American colonies a new nation independent of the British empire. That occurred on July 4, 1776. The declaration states:

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.

It took some hard work and some political changes to move closer to the goals spelled out in this declaration. The Second Continental Congress wrote a Constitution to describe how our government would be formed. In 250 years this Constitution has been amended 27 times, including the first 10 amendments known as the Bill or Rights.

Within 200 years of the declaration the United States of America became the most powerful influence in the world. Approximate 50% of the world population that wants to migrate from their home want to move here. Even in our current diminished capacity, this is still the “go to” place in the world. They want to come here for a better life.

Unfortunately, about half the population of this country want to change the United States into what most of the people of the world are fleeing from. Somehow this makes no sense to me.

Our poorest people normally have more than the richest people in many parts of the world. Why change that. It makes more sense to me to teach others how to make changes that will help them better themselves where they currently reside.

It is amazing to me how many people in this country resent being here. There is nowhere they can go that they would be better off. They all know that, that is why they stay here. Biting the hand that feeds you seems to be the order of the day among many. I find it sad.

If I want something better, I work for it and I get it. I have never found that complaining about my circumstance helped me. My actions did. My choices. I live the lifestyle I choose, because I worked hard to get it. Most of my friends did the same and feel the same as I do.

We are an independent people. Take advantage of it. Enjoy being alive.

Happy Fourth of July, friends.


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