HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY EVERYONE!!!!!
Today is one of my favorite days of the entire year. Right up there with Christmas. I just love the idea of celebrating the birthday of the best nation in the history of the world by eating way too many brownies and blowing things up. AMERICA.
237 years ago today, a group of rebels and dreamers risked their lives to found a country unlike any other. They were committing treason in Britain’s eyes, punishable by death. However, that didn’t matter to them. They were determined to be free from oppression. They wanted to have the liberty to govern themselves and worship their Creator freely without being told how and when to do it by the state. They didn’t want to be subjects anymore, they wanted to by free citizens. That was worth dying for.
There are so many things to love about America. One of my favorite things is the mix of different cultures that make up the greater culture of America. America is the only country in the history of the world where you can walk down a street and see white, black, Chinese, German, Irish, Russian, Mexican, Indian, Canadian, Cuban, Swiss, and so many other ethnicities living together under the pretence of wanting to be free. You see, America is the only country to ever be founded not on a specific people group, but on an idea. French people live in France. Japanese people live in Japan. But in America, it doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like as long as you are committed to liberty and equality. There are no hyphenated Americans. I’m not an Irish-American. You’re not an African-American, German-American, or Asian-American. You’re an AMERICAN.
Another thing to love about America is our type of government. People often confuse the United States as being a democracy. However, the Founding Fathers didn’t want a democracy or anything like it. They knew that a democracy would be dangerous to liberty and the idea of America. Thus, they instituted a Republican government. There is a huge difference. In a democracy, every citizen gets to vote directly on laws. Therefore, if 51% of the people thought that all women should be enslaved, it would be law. In a Republic, we vote for our public servants who then go to DC to vote on laws. The beauty of a Republic is, if we don’t like the choices our representatives are making, we can just vote in someone else. That way, the power still stays in the hands of We the People, but we don’t run the risk of mob rule.
The Founders had lots to say about democracy:
“Democracy is the most vile form of government…democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property: and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.” ~James Madison
“We are a Republic. Real Liberty is never found in despotism or in the extremes of Democracy.” ~Alexander Hamilton
“A simple democracy is the devil’s own government.” ~Benjamin Franklin
“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” ~John Adams
“Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine percent.” ~Thomas Jefferson
These concerns are what led them to found our Republican nation. It is because of that precaution that we haven’t been overturned by mob rule. I think that’s something to be thankful for.
Lastly, the best thing about America is our Christian heritage. Yeah, I said it. No matter what people want to believe, America was founded on the idea that all men are created equal and are blessed with rights from their Creator. Many of our founding documents and amendments were based on values from the Bible. America is a place of virtue, life, equality, freedom, peace, acceptance, and liberty…all straight out of the Bible. Truth is, a huge amount of our Founding Fathers were Christians and believed that our nation would not last long if we shunned God.
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God?” ~Thomas Jefferson
“Religion is the basis and Foundation of Government.” ~James Madison
“Here is my Creed. I believe in on God, the Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by His Providence. That He ought to be worshipped.” ~Benjamin Franklin
“The Christian religion is above all the Religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of Wisdom, Virtue, Equity, and Humanity.” ~John Adams
Even though no one is forced to conform to Christianity, we are a country founded by Christians on Christian values. And honestly, what’s wrong with being a country that stands up for virtue? I don’t see a problem here.
So, today, celebrate the birth of your country with your family and friends. Celebrate our heritage and values. Celebrate the fact that we are a free nation with a wonderful culture, the best form of government, that was built on and has preserved Christian values and rights. Have fun today, but try not to set your neighbor’s bushes on fire. 😉
God bless America!!!!!