Independence Day Hangover

Now that another Independence Day has come and gone, and it’s important to remember exactly what the holiday actually meant, because there is apparently quite a lot of confusion as to why we celebrate the 4th day of July. Let’s start with what it’s not about.

The 4th of July isn’t about keeping poor people with slightly darker skin pigmentation and different nations of birth out of our country, just because they aren’t “useful” to us. That would make us racist bigots who think we’re better than everyone else.

The 4th of July isn’t about celebrating how great our military is nor is it about how willing we are to use that military to push our foreign policy on other sovereign nations. That would make us imperialist bigots who think we’re better than everyone else.

The 4th of July isn’t about protecting domestic workers from having to compete on an increasingly competitive global marketplace, while demanding more money for the same work. That would make us selfish bigots who think we’re better than everyone else.

The 4th of July isn’t about scoring political points in a partisan attempt to validate the presidency of an incompetent, narcissistic, loudmouthed, criminal grifter, especially when there were better alternatives. That would make us stupid and sort of pathetic.

Up until a couple of years ago, the 4th of July has been about the establishment of a nation imperfectly dedicated to the high ideals of universal equality and liberty for all humanity, free of the shackles of a grifter class, in accordance with its Christian values.

If we are to believe the Trump supporting right when they insist that ours is a Christian nation (and there is a strong argument to be made for this), then it is fair to compare Independence Day in the context of other Christian holidays, isn’t it? Let’s do just that.

On Christmas, we celebrate the coming of the Messiah to redeem fallen humanity from its slavery to sin. On Easter, we celebrate the death of our Messiah on the cross, completing GOD’s plan of salvation and establishing GOD’s kingdom on Earth.

If we really are a Christian nation, then our national holidays should be in accord with our Christian values, and not merely of Earthly concerns. No other kind of holiday is even worth celebrating in the presence of GOD. “Liberty and Justice for ALL!


Liberty is For The Win!

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