What the Fourth of July Means to Me

The founding fathers and the Fourth of July.

Happy Fourth of July

In school, we all learn about how and why the Constitution came to be. We learn about how John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington, and others I have failed to name, were revolutionary thinkers and dreamers. They not only conceived this idea of a free nation, but then also had the courage to take action to make that idea a reality.

I always liked the idea of these guys. These heroes of the generation. They stood for something.

But I don’t think I understood what we are really learning about at that age. As I get older, the more I realize what a risk these guys took. They were not perfect people. They had their flaws like the rest of us, many of which I’m sure were left out of the history books. But what they DID, what they stand for, what they actually accomplished, the ideas that they implemented that have lasted, those are also to be remembered.

I learned about what these men built in school. Then I started interacting with what it has become as an adult: What different stations and committees have developed within the branches of over the years, what the government takes out in taxes has become all too real, how politics and politicians work in this age, the things that can get tacked on to a bill just to get it passed. The shifting to and fro of what is acceptable and unacceptable in society over the years reflected in our governing and laws Many many things that are far from outlined in our constitution. It makes a girl wonder what they would think about the current climate and state of our nation and how it is being handled, just like any child can’t help but wonder what their parents think about the decisions that we make…or in this case, great great great++ grandparents in this case.

I also can’t help but wonder how they would fair if such a thing were to happen today. How dangerous, outrageous, and utterly crazy the ideas that they wanted to spread were. There was no way of knowing that what they men even stood for would last for as long as it has. This day in history 241 years ago was an anchor point for a new era and a completely new nation.

We were created to be a nation of opportunity and choice, free from oppression.

Today, we are facing a new chapter of this country’s history that is very uncertain. A chapter, I  feel, that is another anchor point in our country’s history. That means that this time in our history requires more thought before we take action, more compassion and open minds for those ideas that are different than what we know. I also think it requires going back to our roots. Our founding fathers roots. We were created to be a nation of opportunity and choice, free from oppression.

No matter your party, or your beliefs, your thoughts about today’s president and government, or how you feel about the current status of the man who doesn’t speak perfect english next to you, I think we can all agree: Today is a day when it matters less about what divides us and more about what unifies us. The founding fathers put their lives on the line to strike out on their own. Today, we are a nation of strong proud people, who come from all over the world, who love our red, white and blue no matter where in the world we are now, and honor the fact that we have a right to say whatever we want publicly. We can raise our cups to the people who started it all and laid the foundation for where we are today. All because they signed a little piece of paper. 

Happy Fourth of July everyone! 

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