It’s not the 4th of July, well it is literally, but it’s our Independence Day. That is what we are celebrating, not just some random day of the year. I don’t celebrate the 4th of July, I celebrate our Independence. I celebrate the men who in that Continental Congress that hot July 2nd 1776 voted unanimously to declare the following:
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Re-read that last sentence and let that sink in for a a second. These men were committing treason according to the British crown. Those men had we lost would have been hung for what they did. One man’s riot is another man’s rebellion. It is important that we all remember those facts.
As you celebrate our Independent with family and friends today, don’t forget about those men who took the ultimate risk to secure your liberty, both then and now. At the same time, you might want to ask yourself, “When was the last time I took a risk to preserve the liberty of myself and my country men.” Currently there is a man on the run who exposed a serious overreach by our government. Many in that government have called him a traitor. He gave up everything to expose the wrong our government was doing.
I know for the most part with this last statement I’m mostly preaching to the choir, but when was the last time you were politically active and engaged? When was the last time you contacted your legislators and expressed your opinions in an effort to make them represent you instead of themselves? When was the last time you spend researching a political topic and didn’t just trust the media for the information on the subject? When was the last time you shared the skill, joy, and freedom that comes with firearms with someone else? All of those items merely require the sacrifice of time, nothing more. If we aren’t careful though and we don’t start fighting back hard, the sacrifices that will have to be made in the name of liberty and freedom will be considerably higher and more costly.
"The price of liberty is eternal vigilance."
And given the day, you should at least watch this once…
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.