It’s Independence Day, Rather Than July 4th

This Fourth of July, don’t think about the date. The date on the calendar was simply the date that the Declaration of Independence was (allegedly) signed. But it could have been signed on the first, the second, or even the thirtieth of June. Imagine that, the most important national holiday for These United States of America, and it would be the last day of June.

Weird, right?

Things become a bit different, however, when the holiday becomes “Independence Day”. Then, the day takes on a very different meaning.

A child understands independence, even very young children. They want to be able to explore their world, and control their place in it, even though fear of it sends them back to their parent’s protection, after a while. As they grow older, they are taught to conform, obey, and crush their independence. Peer pressure, parental pressure, school pressure “molds” them (ever heard THAT phrase?) into what society and government want them to be. Any that will not conform or follow the rigid rules are considered outsiders, many times mocked, and treated as outcasts.

But independence keeps nagging at a person. People innately want to control their own destiny and their own lives. Government, however, does its level best to turn people back into children and dis-empower them, by making them dependent. Whereas religion promotes a superior that still ultimately lets the individual choose their path, government creates a maze of rules, quotas, and chasms to jump to escape dependence.

It has been famously said that, “Government breaks your leg, and expects gratitude for giving you a crutch”. But by being independent, by limiting the government’s influence over our lives, we can be independent, and free.

Our founding fathers thought so much of independence, they risked everything they had to fight the strongest empire in the world, to gain it from the British Empire. They risked their lives, their families, their property, and the future, because they did not want faceless strangers from far away to control their lives with arbitrary rules, regulations, and requirements.

They wanted the people to decide what they wanted to be, and to have the right to be DIFFERENT. Different in manner, different in location, different in the way they lives their lives, different in the very laws they would obey. The founders WANTED minimum government, so that everyone could have their own measure of independence, even from their own government.

That is why These United States are NOT a Democracy, but a Republic. A Republic, where each part has the right to be left to do what they want, as long as they do not hurt their neighbors, or steal their possessions. A Republic means a group where each member is not just “equal”, but “separate AND sovereign”, where even a majority is not allowed to dictate to the other sovereign partners of the group.

So, this Independence Day, think about the legacy we defend, the rights we have – From our humanity, not from some government agency, or document, or law, and remain…

Independent.

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