Where we once fought for independence, we now lie down and surrender our freedoms. The masses of sheeple have forgotten what it means to live free, and they have allowed a tyrannical government to treat them with the same disdain that the British empire once dealt out as routine.
The situation has become so perverse in America that the very act of being "patriotic" is now considered a fringe idea, almost smacking of so-called "home-grown terrorism." In the same vein, some Big Government advocates are even suggesting that celebrating Independence Day is, all by itself, some sort of evil. The editor of one prominent progressive magazine (I'm not linking to it because they don't deserve the link credit) even said recently, "My heart does not beat faster at the strains of the Star Spangled Banner, much less at the sight of F-16s flying overhead to kick off the show. You see, I don't believe in patriotism. You can call me unpatriotic if you'd like, but really I'm anti-patriotic."
In one sense, this editor makes a valid point that mindless patriotism as some sort of worship of a warped government agenda (a la Hitler's patriotism) is a destructive thing, indeed. But Independence Day isn't about mindless patriotism; it's about recognizing the sacrifices our forefathers (and mothers) made to deliver a free republic to us that we might hold on to for more than just a couple of centuries. Sadly, what was once a free republic has now become a Big Government police state. And the 4th of July has, for nearly all Americans, become nothing more than an excuse to eat cancer-causing hot dogs while watching pretty colors explode in the sky.
Paul Revere once warned, "The British are coming!" What he probably could never imagine is that, in 2011, a far more appropriate warning might be, "The government is coming!"
Batten down your doors and shutter your windows; bring in the dog and dim your lights. The government is coming to your home next, and they need no warrant nor even any justification whatsoever to shoot you in your own hallway, or kidnap your teenage daughter simply because you refuse to medicate her with a dangerous psychotropic drug.
At the same time, the federal government is the criminal element that's arming Mexican drug gangs with tens of thousands of firearms that are now being used in crimes back in the USA. This has now been openly admitted by ATF agents who were ordered to do so by Washington officials, and NaturalNews will be publishing a detailed account of this story soon.
The bottom line in all this is that celebrating Independence Day used to actually mean something, but today it is a shallow display of fireworks to a populace that has forgotten what any of it means -- a population that grovels at the feet of its masters and welcomes yet more tyranny with each passing election. Who will they vote for in the next election? Unless the candidate's name ends with "Paul," it hardly matters, because nearly every politician in Washington today is a traitor to the founding principles of America -- and a traitor to freedom itself.
Nearly all of them voted for the Patriot Act, for example, and they keep voting to extend it every chance they get. There' never enough security, it seems, in a nation that propagandizes a falsified "war on terror" as its primary strategy for enslaving its own people. The corruption of Washington D.C. -- and the name Harry Reid comes to mind for some reason -- is truly legendary.
We are living through the final days of the Roman Empire, just as it began to collapse. History will wonder how so many of us could have been so blind to what was happening right in front of us. The answer, of course, is that the people were too blinded by the fireworks to stop and think about what they are meant to symbolize.
And yes, in case you were wondering, the feature picture for this article is a picture of me standing behind an American flag that blocks my mouth. The symbolism here should be obvious: That in today's Big Government political environment, we're all supposed to believe that being "patriotic" means shutting our mouths and saying nothing.