By Linda G. Clements
Rightgrrl Contributor
July 4, 2000

If I hear "4th of July" one more time I'm going to scream !!!! C'mon people. Everyone has a 4th of July.

But we, Inhabitants of the United States of America, celebrate the birth of our nation on that day. We no longer have a 4th of July. We should proudly proclaim the day between the 3rd and the 5th as: INDEPENDENCE DAY.

That precious document, The Declaration of Independence, was signed by 56 courageous men who gave their blood, sweat and tears to secure our freedom. They did this despite the fact that they knew they would be considered traitors by the British Government that they sought freedom from. And they paid dearly for it. Some were captured and tortured to death by the British. Some lost their homes as they were ransacked and burned. Many lost family members and ultimately their very lives.

And for what? Take a look at what we've allowed our nation to become. What was once evil, is now good and what was once good, is now castigated and ridiculed. How far have we come from the foundation laid by the men who "pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor"?

Just look at the current inhabitants of our White House. We allowed them residence of that famed address not once, but TWICE. Even after it was determined that the head of that household was a law breaker, liar, fornicator and predator, we elected him again. How pathetic we are that we could sell our Patriotism for a few pieces of silver ("but the economy's good"). Pathetic indeed.

I just thank God that those courageous men are not around to see what we've done to the nation they died for.

And year after year, via television, print, radio, advertising, and the banners over the very picnics we attend, we further relegate our brave founders to the trash heap of forgetfulness, as we continually minimize the importance of the birth of our nation as merely "the 4th of July".

I believe the time has come for us to start a revolution of our own. EVERY time we are greeted with "have a happy 4th of July", we should always reply "and you have a happy celebration of our Independence Day".

We, as grateful citizens of these United States should forever, from this day forward, honor our founders for their bravery, by acknowledging the day between the 3rd and the 5th of July as INDEPENDENCE DAY !!!!

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