Donna K. Rice
Celebrating Independence Day in a Time of Fading Liberty
Updated: Jul 1, 2021
Let the inspiration of the past urge us on to a greater future.
It feels like American liberties have taken a severe beating in the last eighteen months. In a time of fading liberty, we're preparing to celebrate Independence Day. At times like this, we can take comfort and inspiration from a day to celebrate American Independence. It's a good time to reflect, be grateful, maybe do a little research into our national history, and enjoy being together with loved ones.
Reflections on Freedom
“The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” ~ George Washington
Just as George Washington suggests above, preservation and destiny are interrelated. Preservation speaks to something already in existence that we long to conserve and protect. Preservation of anything requires placing enough value upon it to provide the necessary care and work to maintain it throughout time. Do we value the liberties espoused in the great American experiment and enjoyed for almost 250 years?
And destiny. Here we look to the future. Mr. Washington understood something great was being entrusted to the American people. Would the people of the future value what they had been given them through the efforts of Founders and Revolutionaries of his day?
Celebrating Independence Day
Reflect on the past, present, and future as you celebrate the 4th of July this year. Our commemoration of Independence is not just an occasion to barbecue or a long weekend. Especially this year, Americans are being faced with difficult choices and policies. Decisions are being made that are affecting our liberties.
Where do we stand? What do we value about our nation? How do we move forward? Are the foundations of our nation irrelevant in our day?
At WYO Conservative we believe the foundations of freedom and liberty are more important now than ever. Our mission is to provide food for thought about the American foundations and principles. We believe Americans are independent-minded, mostly virtuous people who still love freedom. So take some time in the midst of your celebrations to be thankful for where you live. Look up something about our founding and spend a minute reading about our history.
Be inspired and look to the future with hope. Being hopeful can cause us to look for opportunities. In the instance of our nation's Independence, we each need to look for opportunities to engage and be an active part of the governing of the people, by the people, and for the people. Freedom starts in the hearts of each man and woman.
Washington, G. (2003). Quotations of George Washington. Applewood Books.