The United States celebration of Independence evokes many feelings. If interviewed, most Americans would equate the 4th of July with freedom or liberty as they eat watermelon or apple pie at a cookout before watching fireworks.
I thought it might be interesting to add some additional, if maybe thought provoking, reasons to be grateful on the day of our independence.
1. I am grateful for our Democratic Republic – Most people understand the concept of democracy, but cannot fully comprehend the concept of a republic. A republic is when power rests in the people who elect representatives to represent them to make and pass laws that protect or benefit the whole. This process of a republic amongst 50 states produces a checks and balance system with fair, democratic voting. No other country has as thorough of a system to ensure the power is driven down to local communities. For this I am grateful.
2. I am grateful for 3 divisions of government – The International community does not seem to fully comprehend that our government has three equal powers. We do not have a monarchy, though the Executive branch or President does receive the most attention – both positive and negative. The United States has an Executive branch, a Legislative branch (Congress) and a Judicial branch (Supreme Court) that create checks and balances. For this I am grateful.
3. I am grateful for a useful and motivational Constitution. The US Constitution is the oldest charter of laws in continuous use. It defines the rules and separation of powers among the branches. I am so grateful for a guide to help us make decisions rather than one person wielding power from one party.
4. I am extremely grateful for a group of revolutionary characters – leaders who sacrificed much for a dream of freedom. The founding fathers are great examples to all of us. Leaders like John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, James Madison and the first president, George Washington, are amazing examples of using their wisdom mixed with passion to steer this nation into existence. Without their effort and their willingness to trade their lives for freedom we would not have the best example of liberty that has ever existed in our world. For them and their legacy, I am grateful.
Each of you could probably add to this list. I simply wanted to give us something deeper to celebrate when we watch those fireworks whirling overhead. Enjoy your freedom on the 4th of July!Related posts: