It is hard to imagine what life was like some 234 years ago.
Life was not easy, people had to work to survive and those who made a little money paid taxes to England, something they absolutely hated.
They called it taxation without representation and took up arms in protest to heavy handed British government.
July 4, 1776, some of the brightest and best minds in the world sat together to write a declaration that would launch a new nation, one based on freedom and a common good. They risked everything, including their lives, to craft a document that would withstand the test of time. That document, the Declaration of Independence, shows not only the determination of the people, but the true brilliance and clarity of mind of those men.
There can be little doubt there was much debate, soul searching and some rancor as like minds came together to formulate a plan that would last. There can be little doubt that God had no small hand in the creation of that document and those that followed.
So, the point of all this?
Today, Americans are faced with ever more government regulations and controls. Assaults are threatened from almost every quarter as radical terrorists see America as a threat to their way of life. They see our freedom, our independence, or rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as an affront to the control they exercise over their minions. They fear others will see and they, too, will rebel.
To the south, drug cartels are even more of a threat as they seek more money, more control. They perceive America is weak in that there is little done to stem the flow of drugs and illegal immigrants into this country.
Have little doubt, at some point the two will team together in hopes of sharing the spoils for which they are so envious and fearful.
The attacks of 9/11 should have sent a message to not wake the sleeping giant. Yet it did not. For once again America seems to cringe behind its borders, fearful of taking the necessary steps to defend itself from attack.
Washington is in gridlock with leadership more concerned with partisan control than the well being of the nation and the people represented.
One can only wonder what the Founding Fathers would think of such a situation.
Perhaps, one day, leadership will use the power of reason and responsibility to guide the country in the direction it must go.
It’s too bad those brilliant minds, the ones that left such a tremendous legacy and changed the history of the world, are gone, perhaps never to be matched again.
But we can hope — Happy Independence Day.