I began to really think about other people and the very reason we celebrate Independence Day. I started thinking about all the hoopla surrounding this day of celebration and how hard it was for me. I looked into the eyes of my neighbors and saw their grief after their son died in Iraq two years ago. They have one less son to celebrate with this year. Our sons used to watch each other's fireworks go off and attend the local display. We are a close knit farming and ranching community. Always there to help one another. Then I began to think of all the grieving parents whose children have died in Iraq and how lonely they are at this time of year and every other holiday. Their lives have been changed forever. And I even felt compassion for the innocent Iraqi lives that have been lost. Lives forever changed.
I fear I have become complacent over the years. I have voted for the people I thought would do us the most good in government. I trusted these people; however, I have come to the conclusion not all of them have considered the good of the people. Many have cared more for themselves and their own personal gain.
The news was announced that former President George W. Bush was coming to Woodward to be a part of their celebration. Did he coming because he was lonely and has no one to celebrate with like many of the parents who have lost their sons and daughters in Iraq? Was he doing charity work? In fact, people were charged to attend this function. I think we need to think about some of these questions and remember the suffering parents, grandparents and siblings. Did Bush profit from this function? Would he come on any other terms?
I wasn't in Woodward on July 4 this year. I was quietly celebrating at home, but my thoughts and prayers were with many of these grieving parents. Let's remember what our founding fathers believed in and represented so many years ago. Let's get back to the roots of our country.