Earlier today I came across a Facebook post by Connor Boyack. Most of you probably don’t know him, but he’s a blogger, author of multiple books, and President of the Libertas Institute– “a public policy think tank”. Boyack is a strong advocate for Liberty. Part of his comments really got me thinking:
“How many Americans today are thinking about secession, revolution, tax protestation, civil disobedience, armed insurrection, treason, and the natural rights of life, liberty, and property on what has turned into the neutered ‘4th of July’?
“Amid our fireworks, feasts, and fun, do we pause to consider the meaning—the substance—of what the celebrations are all about?” To me, these are powerful words. Could it be that we are so far removed from what our Founders stood for – what made our nation the greatest and most prosperous upon the face of the Earth – that we’ve lost our way and drifted into a state of complacency? A state that has us in a position worse than the one that the Founders of this nation gave their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to break away from.
Is Boyack right? Have we “neutered” the 4th of July? Unfortunately, I think we have. The very things our Founders stood for are today thought by many to be archaic, old-fashioned, and even extremist. We use the imagery of the Founders and the Revolution, but that’s about as far as most are willing to go in embracing the value and meaning of Independence Day.
Nevertheless, I choose to believe that there is hope in returning to the Spirit of Liberty established for us over 240 years ago.
“… I hope that consideration bleeds over into the other days of the year, when plenty of opportunity exists to (peacefully) fight similar—or bigger—problems than those faced by our founding forebears.
“Independence Day is about more than Brexit 1776. Because what’s the point in celebrating historical independence when today’s government has cultivated a system in which millions are dependent?
“Independence Day should not be a fleeting celebration of superficial frivolity, but rather a motivating opportunity to consider the state of the state in our day, and apply our patriotism on a regular basis to remedy the injustices around us—giving us more cause for next year’s celebration.
“Let’s all have some fun today, and remember and honor the past—while pondering and preparing to improve the present.
“We’ve got work to do.”
Roll up your sleeves, America.