“colony 1) a group of people who settle in a distant land but remain under the political jurisdiction of their native land 2) a territory distant from the state having jurisdiction or control over it”
– Webster’s New World
Oh, how I would love to wish you all a happy Independence Day.
That’s the name for this holiday, by the way, Americans. It’s not just the Fourth of July. It’s not just the day we shoot off Chinese-made fireworks. It’s not just the day we barbecue burgers. It’s not just the day we go to the beach. It’s Independence Day – so named because on or about this date in 1776, a group of courageous men risked their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor for a dream of freedom and sweet autonomy from an imperial power.
It wasn’t just the birth date of American freedom. It was the birth date of freedom around the world. That’s why the French called George Washington not just the founding father of the American Revolution, but “the father of freedom.” He was truly the inspiration for freedom fighters everywhere.
Like I said, I’d love to wish you a happy Independence Day. But it would be disingenuous of me to do so. You see, I don’t believe Americans any longer celebrate, cherish or appreciate independence.
Independence is not considered an ideal. More often, today, we hear about how our world is “interdependent.” This is considered a good thing. Keep in mind every time you hear that word glorified that interdependence is simply another form of dependence.
The sad truth is the American dream of independence has been betrayed. Americans are worse off today, in terms of individual freedom, than they were before the War of Independence. In fact, take a look at the dictionary definition of “colony” and see if it doesn’t apply to us today.
Aren’t Americans, in a sense, all colonists of the great imperial throne in the District of Columbia? We all pay tribute to this faraway empire. We are, in reality, little more than serfs doing the bidding of those in the federal corridors of power in Washington. We’re taxed without real representation. We’re forced to support a growing standing army of federal police in our communities. And we face a growing threat of disarmament – one of the great fears of the colonists who touched off the American Revolution at Lexington and Concord.
What we are witnessing, sadly, is the decline and fall of the American Empire. The sun sets on every empire established by man, and ours will be no exception.
One of the most popular books of all time is “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,” written in 1788 by Edward Gibbon. The book set forth five basic reasons why great civilizations wither and die:
The undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home, which is the basis for human society;
Higher and higher taxes and the spending of public money for free bread and circuses for the populace;
The mad craze for pleasure – sports becoming every year more exciting, more brutal, more immoral;
The building of great armaments when the real enemy is within – the decay of individual responsibility;
The decay of religion – with faith fading into mere form, losing touch with life, losing power to guide people;
The average age of the world’s civilizations has been 200 years. Civilizations and empires tend to progress through this sequence, say historians:
from bondage to spiritual faith
from spiritual faith to great courage
from courage to liberty
from liberty to abundance
from abundance to selfishness
from selfishness to complacency
from complacency to apathy
from apathy to dependence
from dependence back again to bondage
America is 226 years old. Where do you think we, as a nation, are in that sequence?
Happy Dependence Day, America!