July 4, 2020
Thank you, God for Letting Me Grow Up in the Greatest Nation on Earth
Thank you God, for letting me grow up in the greatest nation on earth. This is what I am thinking about on this Fourth of July when in 1776, some very brave men signed the Declaration of Independence stating that we were no longer a colony of Great Britain where King George III was taxing goods being sold to these colonies without proper competition from other countries who could sell us these same things cheaper and without taxes. It is strange that a lot of people do not know the real reason for the revolution. The revolution was a bloody affair in which people of different opinions such as the Tories who were loyal to the crown, were burned out of their domiciles and hanged. Meanwhile British troops sent to squash the treasonous rebellion against the crown, treated the prisoners rather harshly, often executing them rather than put them in stockades and since these men were traitors according to the king.
Our economy also depended on slave labor supplied by the peoples taken from their African homes and brought to the colonies to work on farms raising tobacco and cotton. Their legacy is one that needs to be recognized as well as the indigenous peoples who were removed from their homes on presidential orders like the Trail of Tears because of a policy of Manifest Destiny. The Japanese American citizens who were moved to internment camps after Japanese Imperial Navy bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. What about President Widrow Wilson’s Red Ark where citizens with affiliation to the communist party were moved to Russia in 1919. This is our history. Some of it is good and some of it was not so good and we can choose to honor it on this day of liberty or we can condemn it
While we may be viewing history from a much different perspective than in the past, we must acknowledge the things that make us who we are. While we struggle with the monuments that do not always show our better side, we must also keep in mind that we are governed by the will of the people, not just the will of a few who happen to be louder and more voca. Let your voices be heard. Make sure you register to vote. Voting is the best way to show the value of our hard fought freedom. While the controversy rages on about mail in votes, make sure you vote however you feel is the best way.
Now I want to list some of the things I am thankful for. You may see one or two that are missing, but I did my best to thank those who make this country the greatest country on this our 244th anniversary of our independence.
Thank You for...