Looking at the small world that social media and access to global information has created, we’re able to see that freedom and independence aren’t the global norm. For many, however, freedom is something they’ve grown accustomed to. It may begin to feel natural and as expected as having air to breathe however it didn’t come easily. We gained the right to our freedom through a long history of war, struggle, mistakes, sacrifice, education, growth, and collective effort. Our system of individual rights depends upon them being available to everyone.
Though battle-scarred and different from what our forefathers might have envisioned, this nation and the freedoms it stands for define who we are individually and collectively. It’s what sets us apart from the rest of the world. We should celebrate the freedoms that we have, increase our actions of personal responsibility, and respect, protect and support it continually.
John F. Kennedy said, ““…what really counts is not [just] the immediate act of courage or of valor, but those who bear the struggle day in and day out – not the sunshine patriots but those who are willing to stand for a long period of time.”
Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
Abraham Lincoln said, “Freedom is the last, best hope of earth.”
No matter our differences, America still stands for freedom. It’s what Independence Day, the 4th of July, is really about – honoring freedom, the sacrifices it cost, and standing up for it at every turn.