A display of public celebration on the 4th of July was once common, yet that’s no longer a given.  Many American cities, towns, and burgs can no longer afford such gleeful events.  Stockton, California is one of many in that fold for it recently filed for bankruptcy protection; it’s the largest city in US history to do so.

A picnic with colossal fireworks has spiraled into little more than a sparkling fizzle for many.  For millions of Americans there’s little to celebrate.  The plague of unemployment has infected the land, and any spread one may afford would probably have to be done with food stamps.

A majority long for a spark of hope, but they’ve been given a delusional concoction of socialistic hemlock.  Some might say it’s a sophisticated, yet bureaucratic brew.  It’s a bitter pill to swallow.

A horde of Americans feel threatened by their representative government – that the entity is foreign to its citizens and not representative at all.

The United States of America has become a tarnished beacon.  It’s swiftly becoming a Ineqtocracy.  (in-eq-toc’-ra-cy) The Urban Dictionary defines the word as: “A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of the diminishing number of producers.”

In a recent Supreme Court ruling, that upheld Obamacare, Chief Justice John Roberts said: “Members of this Court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make public judgments.  Those decisions are entrusted to our Nation’s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them.  It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”

Oh … how telling that final line was.

In 2008, I told everyone who would listen that America was in trouble when Barack Obama was elected.  I was laughed at and clucked over back then, but few are laughing anymore.  I’d venture to say a majority of voters are experiencing buyer’s remorse.

Corruption is running amuck in the Nation’s capital – few would deny such an assertion.

One could very well say it’s a modern day 1776 all over again.

We’ve all seen those theatrical scenes set in the Wild West when a snake oil salesman rides into town.  There’s such a salesman in the White House today.   Nobody really knew who that salesman was when he rode in, but Americans are full of trust.  The Stranger always tells the crowd that gathers “What I have here will cure all your woes!”  Some are fascinated with the approach and the articulate rendering they offer, but others aren’t so impressed and just walk away.  In reality, what they offer is little more than fraud in a bottle.

Some are still listening to that sales pitch in the streets, but far more wanna run that charlatan out of town.

With another recent Supreme Court decision, handed down pertaining to immigration, the citizens of Arizona and its governor were left scratching their heads.  They, too, are now questioning their independence and sovereign inclusion in E Pluribus Unum (One of many).  It would seem the current administration has drawn a line in the sand with that state.  The Obama camp has virtually said, “You’re dead to us, Arizona” by inflicting the methodical tactics they’ve used.

Take notice of the infiltration of the tea party movement – it’s no fluke.  Some may claim it’s a dying fad, but it’s not really a movement at all.  By definition it’s a spirit.  It’s a Spirit that has welled up in many and refuses to be extinguished by any opposing force bent on its destruction.  One can never exterminate the American spirit, for it lives and is well in those who won’t relent.  “Give me liberty or give me death” isn’t some nuance; it’s a standard they’ll gladly wave.

Freedom should never be taken for granted.  Many, and I do mean many, lie in wait to take it.

The solace in many a sorrow is liberty dwells within.  It isn’t some brass ring one grabs for as life’s merry-go-round spins.  It wasn’t created by any man.  Although many may try to rob from us of that independence we embrace, they can’t destroy that which they didn’t create.  Freedom is indeed a fragile thing and there’s a lesson to be learned in it all.

Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, was published bi-monthly from 2009 to 2017.  He’s an author, a former nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit Ministries in Jamestown, Indiana.  He can be reached at www.builderofthespirit.org.

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