Land of the free because of the brave

It’s our Independence Day, not just the 4th of July.

It’s a day which shall live forever, as a tiny band of just over 200 men declared their independence from Great Britain, and King George.

What caused this desire for independence, later referred to as a revolution?

Control, taxes, oppression, and a deep down desire for exactly the opposite. A desire so fiery that the flame would never be extinguished.

Two-hundred-thirty-eight years the Continental Army was organized, with over 10,000 men to engage the British in our fight for independence.

Today, 238 years, our Independence Day is celebrated with Bar-B-Ques, flags, parades, and travel.

At a time when we need to take time to reflect on what the 238 years have brought forth, we would rather party, and say “all is well”. Any problems we have are someone else’s problem.

We Four Country Gals are here to tell you that no… our country’s problems belong to no one but us.

Now, we’re more fortunate than many. We have a little piece of land in a very peaceful valley. Our problems here deal not with control, taxes, or oppression. Our problems deal with how best to manage our little farm for our own self-sufficiency, and how we can help others in their efforts to do the same.

As for the rest of the citizens of the USA, only time will tell, as to whether or not they will awaken to the control, taxes, oppression, and the desire to have true freedom.

Sure, you say you are living in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

You’re free, as long as you abide by every single rule, action, law, and judgement produced by your local, state, and federal government. As for your bravery, well, that’s something you’d rather entrust to less than 3% of the nation… our highly trained military forces.

So, on this Independence Day, which is celebrated on the 4th of July and conveniently a three-day weekend, ask yourself this…

Are you really free to enjoy your life as the Declaration of Independence declares…

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.

Reflect on these words. Digest these words. Commit them to your heart, for it is once again time for a Declaration of Independence.

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