I have published a new article on Associated Content about “Reflecting on Independence Day”. Below is an excerpt.
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
~ Declaration of Independence, as found on ushistory.org
Well, It’s July 1st. Firework stands are open for business, you can hear Piccolo Pete’s whistling that all too familiar tune, people are dusting off their BBQ’s and hosing down the lawn furniture getting ready to celebrate the 4th of July. Wait a minute, what was the other name for this holiday ? Oh yeah, INDEPENDENCE DAY !!. When was the last time you heard anyone refer to this holiday as Independence Day ?? [sic]
It used to mean a lot more than bbq’s and fireworks and I’m starting to wonder if, over time, that’s all it will be. Another day off of work (although it falls on a Saturday this year) to enjoy some great food, good friends, nice weather outdoors (hopefully) and some amazing displays of pyrotechnics. Don’t get me wrong, I look forward to days like this, but, What are we celebrating ? [sic]
~ ronbaca14. (1 July 2009). Independence Day or 4th of July. Message posted to http://conservilog.blogspot.com/2009/07/independence-day-or-4th-of-july.html