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My View: Finding the Cost of Freedom on the 4th

Some of us don't really take the Fourth of July as seriously as we should.

It's become a family tradition.

Each year, we head to Old Navy and buy T-shirts symbolizing the Fourth of July.

Each year, there's a different color and a logo of the with the year listed on it.

Time is ticking away on this tradition, days away actually, and we have yet to get our T-shirts for this year. That would be a shame too since I have T-shirts like this dating back more than a decade.

So another is upon us and it doesn't really have the same old ring to it. Things just don't seem that patriotic.

I'm not sure why. Yet maybe I really do know why.

People take their freedom for granted.

It's evident in most of our communities these days. The Fourth represents a day off from work and a great chance to go shopping and grab all of those store bargains.

You don't see many flags hung up with pride outside of homes. There's no big push to honor our military.

Nope, the day is spent having a barbecue, lounging on the couch watching a baseball game or hitting the beach or the pool.

Does anyone really participate in a holiday parade? Fat chance when you can sleep in.

Yes, this is the Fourth of July circa 2012, a holiday with the significance it should have.

Long gone are the days of the American Revolution when George Washington was fighting for our freedom while the Continental Congress was rebelling against the King and England.

is no Continental Congress. The Board of Supervisors has canceled the next day's meeting because it won't have a quorum. The members are all celebrating summer vacations. Hey, that's the township's right as a free governing body.

You don't even see many municipalities conducting any Fourth of July events. Where's the memorial dedication? And, most important, how come are no longer a Fourth of July staple?

It's because towns have saved the "Ooohs" and "Aaaahs" for their own community celebrations throughout the summer.

Bah humbug!

The cost of our freedom was a high price that many people paid with their lives. That's the ultimate sacrifice.

And through the Civil War, the world wars, the Vietnam War and the War on Terrorism, we as a nation continue to be free.

Osama bin Laden may have caused us great pain, but he didn't take away our right to be free.

And maybe that's what the holiday is really about: the right for each and every one of us to celebrate our freedom the best way that we want. Heck, we've earned it.

So enjoy that shopping trip, a barbecue or some pool time. We're all free to live our lives how we want.

Happy Fourth of July!

Saddie Lansford July 04, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Gerald Celente of Trends Research Institute, (www.trendsresearch.com) said the same thing during a recent interview. He is calling for a 2nd American revolution, and that no one go to vote, which will, he says, render the election 'invalid'. Not sure of the accuracy of that, but at least someone is stepping up with a plan. He predicted a revolution years ago, and has an accuracy record that is unbeatable. It may not happen this year, but if he predicted it, there is a good chance of a revolution in our future.
Saddie Lansford July 04, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Seems to me that you two watch more Fox News than the people you're accusing of using it as a source. LOL, funny.
Rosemary B July 04, 2012 at 03:39 AM
David, Their might not be people banging down our door but their are consequences to excersising ones free speech. I know many teachers who hide the fact that they are conservative or pro-life for fear of repercussions affecting their career. That just is not right, but it is the America that we live in today.
Tony July 05, 2012 at 01:24 PM
@ Saddie ....remember got hear both sides... I couldn't say for sure what Fox says or reports, unless I hear and see what it is they do.
Peter July 08, 2012 at 03:43 PM
if you want to be taken seriously, you have to drop the whole "Stop listening to Beck and Rush" thing. When liberals get frustrated they love to invoke those names to discredit whoever they're arguing against. stick to the facts and you won't seem like such a joke on here.

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