I have used this post for the four previous July 4th posts. I am using it again for two reasons -
1) I read it and I don't think I could improve upon it. Not that it is the best thing ever written. I just don't think I am capable of doing better and/or getting my point across.
2) I actually have had REQUESTS for it! (hey - more than 1 is plural)
I am going to preface this a bit more. I read recently that a study and a couple of "man in the street" type interviews showed that a LOT of people here do not know the who, what, why, when, and/or where of July 4th. When asked what it is, the most common response was "Independence Day". When asked to elaborate, most could not. When pointedly asked who we attained independence from, a LOT did not know. The answers ranged from China to Germany and a lot in between. When asked when it occurred that also was missed by a majority.
When you are having your gathering, cookout, picnic, or watching fireworks with friends and/or family take a moment to go over the meaning and history of Independence Day / July 4th, especially with any children present.
I am an American. Like the majority of
those living in this country, I was born here as were my parents and their
parents. Like the great majority of those living in this country, my ancestors
were not born here. A direct descendant on my paternal side immigrated here in
1789 from England. However, I am not an English-American or even a
European-American. It bothers me to see people described (by self or others) as
Irish-American, African-American, Asian-American, or any other hyphenated
American. Hyphens do nothing but separate us from what we truly are: Americans.
Like my father and
his father before him; I speak English. In the not so distant past, every
immigrant that came to this country learned to speak English. It was a point of
pride for them to master one of the most difficult of languages. Since this was
(and is marginally still) an English speaking country it was expected and
usually accomplished relatively quickly. Expectation and hard work made it so.
To immigrate to this country was, and is, a desire that burns brightly in the
hearts of people worldwide. However, it seems now that it is expected by some
that we should welcome their "diversity" in language and culture at the expense
of our own. Merriam-Webster defines diversity as:
1: the condition of being diverse : variety ;
especially : the inclusion of diverse people (as people of different races or
cultures) in a group or organization.
Inclusion does not mean domination or
extinction. One could make the argument that diversity by its very definition
requires the original to remain as a part of the whole.
As I said above, my ancestors
immigrated here. They came by accepted means and according to the laws of the
land. It makes me very angry when I see the illegal aliens in this country
called an "immigration" problem. I have said before - calling the illegal alien
issue an immigration problem is like calling bank robbery a withdrawal problem.
We have a very serious and growing problem in this country of providing and
maintaining social services for our citizens. When these services are offered to
and overwhelmed by illegals, it makes the problem that much greater. We must
address the problem of illegals in our country. It is one of the defined
constitutional responsibilities of our government to secure our borders. The
government has failed at that responsibility. Amnesty is not the answer when
solving a bank theft spree. Nor is it the answer to our illegal alien problem.
People must be required to follow the laws of the land when it comes to becoming
a citizen. We also must stop now in providing social services and any medical
care beyond that which is needed to save a life to illegals.
States of America has a great heritage in its two hundred and thirty plus year
history of offering freedom, liberty, protection, defense, and support of all
kinds to the people of the world. A large portion of the world owes any freedoms
and liberties it has to the armed forces and the diplomatic minions of the
U.S.A. Americans have helped to free and rebuild Europe twice. We have helped
free those behind the Iron Curtain. Most recently we have brought the light of
freedom to the Middle East. American might has not been used for building an
empire. We freed these countries and turned them back over to the indigenous
people, while providing the funds necessary for rebuilding. It sickens me to see
and hear cries of "Imperialism" from detractors of the U.S. That claim is
ridiculous when history is reviewed. The U.S. has won in battle or by diplomacy;
Japan, Germany, Italy, France, the Philippines, Haiti, the Dominican Republic,
Cuba, Grenada, Panama, and more. Did we add them to our country? No, they were
all returned to their people who in some cases still decided the U.S.A. was the
States of America is a beacon of freedom and light for all the world. We offer
support, hope, and ideals of life that are envied by a large portion of the