After the beautiful Grove City fireworks display, I find myself thinking...
- Do the people watching fireworks displays across the country know why they are watching fireworks displays? Is it just a custom? Or are they fully aware that Independence Day is the name of the holiday, not "4th of July"? Do they look on with reverence, imagining the barrage of Fort McHenry during the war of 1812, which inspired Francis Scott Key? Do they think of the men and women who have fought and died to secure this country and its liberty?
- The left freaked out about George W. Bush supposedly eroding liberty, yet they are absolutely silent as Barack H. Obama actually does it. Are these people so bitterly partisan that they can't see the destruction of America within? Or maybe they are rooting for it. Or maybe they are secretly wishing that Clinton was back in office. At least Bill understood that the people are right most of the time. Obama simply doesn't care when it comes to his promise to transform America. The problem with the leftists and the sheep is that they never stopped to ask "Transform America into what?" Ah, Bill Clinton...where are you? Heck, even Jimmy Carter was better than what we have now. And that's terribly sad.
- When was the last time you thanked a veteran for his or her service? Patriotic holidays are nice reminders to do so, but don't forget about the hundreds of other days throughout the year! You don't need to make a big production out of it. Chances are, he/she will be humble about it, anyway. But take the time to say "thanks for serving" the next time you see a young man or woman in the uniform, or a veteran with a hat, patch, or shirt that notes his/her service.
- Finally, when I think about Independence Day, I recall history and the efforts of a handful of men crafting the Declaration of Independence - and using it as a clarion call across an ocean that tyranny is no longer accepted. As I type tonight, I also think about personal independence. It is quite necessary to have family and friends in your community, but America is great because individuals choose to step forward and do incredible things. You can't do incredible things if you are shackled by burdens, whether it be the government, poor decision making, bad finances, or the like. I've made plenty of mistakes and I use them as guideposts for what not to do. I'll continue making them, as I am human. But I encourage you to look past your mistakes, grab onto what is good instead of focusing on the negatives, and take a bold step to better your community.