On Thursday, America will pause for a rare mid-week holiday to celebrate Independence Day.
Yep, the 4th of July is Independence Day, the day we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence that led to the Revolutionary War against England and the march towards the creation of the United States of America.
Unlike many holidays in this country, Independence Day is not relegated to the closest Monday for celebration. It is one of the rare days that is actually honored on the real date.
But while the day is real, the reason for celebrating the day may not be so factual.
Sadly, Americans no longer have any real independence to celebrate on July 4th.
Think about. Is America today really independent?
If so, independent of what?
America’s government, theoretically a government “of the people, for the people and by the people” is — in reality — a government controlled by special interests and dependent upon the money of fat cats whose agendas have little to do with “the people.”
Those “truths” that signings of the Declaration of Independence accepted when they put their names on the document on July 4, 1776, no longer exist — if they ever did.
Americans are not free or independent. They live lies regulated by that government, restricted by ever-increasing and more repressive laws. We are a people controlled by a government that neither cares nor responds to our needs. We are spied upon 24/7 by a hostile government that operates under the belief that any of us can be a terrorist and none of us can be trusted.
Our leaders lie to us so much that truth is a lost commodity and deception is an accepted part of business as usual.
Those who speak out against the tyranny are castigated and called traitors. Those who seek a return to freedom and independence have no leaders to back or parties to join. The system is controlled by two political parties with a singular purpose — absolute control by an agenda that has nothing to do with the best interests of the nation.
America today is a nation without principle, a populace without hope and a rotting corpse without redemption.
So what do we celebrate on this day set aside for an independence that does not exist?
Most likely, the populace will act like it usually does by ignoring reality. People will shoot off fireworks and make noise for invalid reasons. Politicians will lie about freedoms that vanished long ago and the media will act like America still stands for something and has reason to party.
When the Titanic sank, a group of musicians played on until the water engulfed them and the drowned.
At our home, the American flag usually flies on a pole in the front yard.
On Thursday morning, I will raise that flag but it will be displayed upside down — the universal signal of distress.
America is a nation in distress and we cannot, and will not, practice hypocrisy on a day set aside for a reason that is now invalid.