Fourth of July Not Just An American Celebration
Don't let others ruin your holiday enjoy American independence while you can.
The fourth of July is not just a date in history to be celebrated by Americans. It is not just a smug and separatist holiday for an elite few to enjoy at the expense of others who suffered as a result of what this date in history signifies. This time in America during one of the hottest times of the year stands for more than just barbeque outside, boats at the lake, or fireworks in the park. It means more than the crackle of black cats exploding down the street. It is a time that references back to the creation of the greatest nation that ever formed on the face of the earth due to one major consideration, freedom and individual rights.
You will hear those complaining about the exploitation of slaves. They will tell you it means nothing but pain for Native Americans. That is the bitter and ungrateful murmur of the left, liberals, progressives, who think they are doing the subversive duty by mentioning the downtrodden so victimized by the horrible white man. Yet, they conveniently fail to acknowledge that American Indians were not indentured to fight in the War for Independence. Blacks were not recruited to serve in the Continental Army or Militia. However, the British did use mercenaries against the forces of the 13 Colonies. They used Hessians (German soldiers) and American Indians to a lesser degree.
The War of Independence was fought largely by Caucasian European descent soldiers from both sides who fought hard and valiantly. The Americans were ill trained, outgunned, and outnumbered by King George’s army, the greatest force on the face of the earth at the time. When the Declaration of Independence was signed by the Continental Congress everyman who drafted it knew that he would be subject to hanging, losing his estate, and perhaps having his family killed as well. Many of them lost everything including their lives in that long protracted war.
The War for Independence was waged along a huge wilderness front that stretched from South Carolina nearly to Florida all the way to Maine and New England. The only advantage the Colonial Army had was familiarity with the terrain and some friendly support from folks living in the countryside who could be loyalists or sympathizers subject to imprisonment or execution if found aiding the tattered Continental Army. The war dragged on for years with little in the way of good news other than the spirit of those who sought independence from Great Britain at any cost.
Even General George Washington revered for his skill as a field officer, cavalryman, and leader was forced to resort to guerilla tactics in order to engage the well trained British army with any chance of success. Washington, as a matter of fact, only won 3 of the 9 battles he led against the British, but they were the most important engagements of the war. At Valley Forge on the very brink of defeat during the one of the most bitter winters on record, Washington not only convinced Continental Congress to raise the funds necessary to pay the soldiers, he kept his men’s morale inspired, and also kept the troops drilled in order to meet the coming challenges in the coming spring.
There is no liberal, progressive, or leftist who can appreciate the sacrifice and suffering endured by the overwhelmed ranks of either the Continental Army or the Minute Men who were farmers and other civilians willing to take up arms at a last minutes notice and fight the formidable British Army. They liberals would rather reject or forget the contributions of these men who fought, died, were wounded, captured, tortured, and starved by the British as they pursued the pesky American resistance that continued to frustrate them for years until the tide of the war finally turned in favor of Washington’s army.
It is easy for may Americans to simply fail to acknowledge what our forefathers did for the future of Americans for generations to come. This seemingly hopeless life and death struggle against a seemingly insurmountable foe is little appreciated by the people of today when the only thing guaranteed by a victory over the British army was simply the freedom to continue their lives without tyranny. Unlike today where so many people expect the government to subsidize their existence with welfare, food stamps, and more, our ancestors were thankful simply to be left alone by the British and not being burdened by the tax demanded by King George of England.
With all the wards of the state today, illegal aliens expecting medical and educational aid, students who think their tuition should be paid for, it is very convenient for all of them to turn the clock backward and begin pointing out the inequities of the past where Indians and blacks were exploited. So in the interest of making political waves to justify the social unrest that helps them to cloud the issues and use these complaints of the past as justification for their obstruction of a great American holiday. They want to sour the true essence of just what this date in history means. just being unleashed from the chains of oppression doesn’t seem very impressive to today's American.
The Fourth of July is more significant than just an American celebration of independence that speaks only for our nation. It’s more than Caucasians acknowledging that their narrow interests were served by the historical events of the War of Independence. The Fourth of July represents the birth of a nation that supports freedom, liberty, the right of everyone to pursue their happiness. Even more than that, it’s about respecting human rights and sending that message as well as a blueprint of government to the rest of humanity through out the world not just in America. Where so many diverse cultures and nationalities have been blended without genocides we’ve seen in Africa and Bosnia, without government sanctioned pogroms such as the mass executions of Jews in World War II.
America has not been perfect or innocent of charges of discrimination in the past, but it has been the best example of tolerance and peaceful coexistence anywhere in the world because this was a government that was founded as one nation under God. That nation used its Christian guidance and ethical influence to mold a society that flourishes today despite the radical leftist element that minimizes success while trying to dig up the past in order to continue to remind us of hate, prejudice, and violence because this is the only way liberal politics can work.
No one could accept the pathetic payoff of socialist oriented society without being tricked into it with hate and envy for anyone who has worked harder and smarter and is more successful as a result. This is what the Fourth of July truly means for it is an acknowledgement of a society that has succeeded under the audacity of individual freedom.
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