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 Independence article

Should We Celebrate #IndependenceDay?

By KrisAnne Hall, JD
Many are debating whether we should even celebrate this year.  One group says we should not because it is a "racist" holiday. Another group says we should not because there is no freedom left to celebrate.  I would like to give you a few reasons why we MUST celebrate the Anniversary of our Independence.
1. The accusation of the founding if America as "racists" needs to be defeated with facts.  Without celebrating our Independence the conversation would never come up and the lies would spread unchallenged.  A lie unchallenged will soon be accepted as truth.  Here is the historical truth about slavery and the foundation of America
2. It is true we have failed to secure the Liberty our Founders sacrificed so greatly to gift to us.  However, once again, without a celebration of that gift, how would we ever notice what we’ve lost; how would we ever recognize the difference between what is Liberty and what is overreaching government?  We didn’t go to war over a tax on tea, we went to civil war to rid ourselves from the rule of Kings!  This is our opportunity to remind the world that Liberty is truly worth fighting for.  Read this history and know-
3. The sacrifices our founders made are WORTHY of our recognition and our celebration.  
What a irresponsible loss it would be to boycott the celebration of our Independence because if either lies or frustration with our current situation.  This holiday is not about us; it’s about reminding us who were are supposed to be.
Frederick Douglass, freed slave and one of America’s greatest orators and abolitionist said this in 1852- 
“The 4th of July is the first great fact in your nation’s history — the very ring-bolt in the chain of your yet undeveloped destiny.
Pride and patriotism, not less than gratitude, prompt you to celebrate and to hold it in perpetual remembrance. I have said that the Declaration of Independence is the ring-bolt to the chain of your nation’s destiny; so, indeed, I regard it. The principles contained in that instrument are saving principles. Stand by those principles, be true to them on all occasions, in all places, against all foes, and at whatever cost.”
The slide to out of control Government in America has happened so gradually -- over a period of 176 years.  We cannot expect to change the course of our misdirected over night.  We must become educated and educate others in truth to dissolve the lies of the past century. We must engage theses discussions with boldness and persistence.
On July 3, 1776 John Adams gave these suggestions for our future celebrations: 
“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” 
So please, celebrate with passion what this anniversary represents.  Don’t be discouraged by our current condition, be inspired by what they did for us and know we can do it again!  Don’t give into public pressure and the lies of bullies; stand proud and know that no other place in the planet has the potential for greatness like These United States of America.
This is truth and principle you can stand upon. 

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