Let Freedom Ring
Not long ago I wrote I Am Free - a post about freedom and how much it means to me. Today is a day to celebrate freedom on a much larger scale - the incredible blessing of living in a country where I have the freedom to be me in almost anyway I choose - as long as it doesn't infringe on the rights of others to do the same. Do you ever stop to realize that's not true of folks living everywhere? The harsh reality is that opression abounds in our world.
As writers and bloggers in the USA, we have one of the freedoms I cherish the most - freedom of expression... to say and write what we think on anything, and to do so publicly without fear of punishment, imprisonment or even death. We can even write about the faults of our governement! See how long you stay free in some other countries doing that! We have the right to believe what we want, and to share those beliefs, no matter how different they may be from mainstream thought. If you don't appreciate what a gift this is... you don't deserve to have it!
I wish this wonderful day of celebration wasn't better known and more often referred to as "The Fourth of July". Of course it is that, but far more importantly, it's Independence Day! I wonder how many school kids, and indeed some adults, could tell you the significance of this day. Remember that our independence didn't come without a price, it came after a hard-fought war... freedom is never free.
Take a moment to actually read The Declaration of Independence today, and think about those brave men who dared to sign it. It was an act of courage, and devotion to freedom. Freedom which we, as Americans, tend to take for granted. As you are either watching or participating (as we are) in shooting off fireworks tonight, remember what a precious thing it is that we are celebrating. Happy Birthday America... Let Freedom Ring!!