Celebrating a Legacy -- Not a Memory of What Used to Be (a 4th of July Essay)

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This 4th of July, America lies shattered, tattered and exhausted. Our flag, used and abused by those who have abandoned the ideas and ideals that once defined conviction and principles that helped to change the world for the better. Never perfect, but always striving and thriving to better itself, America was the land conceived by immigrants, and imagined by dreamers that dared to believe in the best in us. They were pioneers, romantics, idealists and optimists. And, with the exception of the last four or five years, America lived the idealism, trust and faith that had been the hallmark of its distinction and preeminence.

CELEBRATING OUR LEGACY – NOT A MEMORY OF WHAT USED TO BE

(A 4th of July Essay By An American Veteran)

By Al Garcia

This 4th of July, America lies shattered, tattered and exhausted.  Our flag, used and abused by those who have abandoned the ideas and ideals that once defined conviction and principles that helped to change the world for the better.  Never perfect, but always striving and thriving to better itself, America was the land conceived by immigrants, and imagined by dreamers that dared to believe in the best in us.  They were pioneers, romantics, idealists and optimists.  And, with the exception of the last four or five years, America lived the idealism, trust and faith that had been the hallmark of its distinction and preeminence. 

On July 4, 1776, a group of 56 delegates to the Second Continental Congress defied all rules, customs and practice, and endorsed and approved the final draft of the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming a sovereign, independent nation, separate and apart from the British Empire. 

By relying on their faith, trust, confidence and passion, a motley assortment of dreamers deposed the age of autocracy and the rule of King George III, and a new and promising concept of governance emerged in the codification of an alliance between 13 colonies inhabited by immigrants who sought refuge and sanctuary in a land that offered hope, expectation, possibilities and limitless dreams.  What was born on the 4th of July, 245 years ago, was the American dream.  What was born on July 4, 1776, was a Republic of choices and voices that would change the world.

For 240 of those years, Americans had passed the dreams of our forefathers from generation to generation, with each generation expanding and advancing the ideas and ideals that have inspired and astonished the world.  But, with the election of a self-anointed demigod and narcissistic grifter and hustler in 2016, the long-burning torch of freedom and independence was extinguished, leaving behind a smoldering flicker of the flame that used to burn bright and true.

We thought ourselves invincible, unbeatable, unconquerable, invulnerable.  America the beautiful.  Land of the free and the brave.  A government of the people and for the people.  A government formed with safeguards and guidelines to ensure the separation, and the balance of power.  Those ideas and ideals have echoed in our minds and hearts without conceit, superiority or arrogance, for generations -- the very ideas and ideals that have inspired us, and filled us with pride, dignity, nobility and decency. 

Our treasure and our blood, we sacrificed, on our soil and on foreign beaches and battlefields, to ensure the legacy of those who dreamed the majesty and splendor of our creation, and who, during the course of human events, chose a course, and raised their voice in unison.  And for almost 245 years, we as Americans, have lifted our voices in unison and proclaimed truths at home and abroad that are self-evident, just and moral. 

Words can have consequences.  And the profound and discerning words written down 245 years ago by great thinkers and dreamers, have withstood the erosion and corrosion of time, and the attempted manipulation by deceivers and schemers.  Words like “[a]ll Men are created equal.”  All Men “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”  These were the founding words of our Republic 245 years ago.  These were the words that set free the spirit, and defined the soul of the new Republic, but, unfortunately, not the bodies, the hearts or the minds of all who lived and breathed on the shores of our new-found nation.

Our forefathers saw, lived and suffered the indignities of abuse and absolute despotism before they realized they had a choice and a voice in 1776.  The history of our Republic over these many generations has flourished because of our ability to reach across the globe, and embrace the divergences and contrasts with grace, decency and dignity.  And even then, we were and are an imperfect creation by imperfect men.  Their words and ideas defined the eloquence of their faith, but their actions and exploits explained the reality and uncertainty of the times. 

To see the deliberate disengagement by our Republic of national alliances with nations that have stood with us and fought with us during the trials and tribulations of an unravelling world, offends me, and betrays the ideas and ideals upon which this nation was founded, and for which so many gave their lives.  To see the deliberate creation of barriers and hurdles, and made-up obstructions, be them religious, political, or racial, also offends me, and betrays the very essence of our nation’s character, strength and integrity.  To be told that the very agencies that have for generations protected us, defended us and represented us, can no longer be trusted or believed, demeans me, and betrays the very foundation of our nation and the very government that we have celebrated and hailed for generations upon generations.  It is with dismay and distress, that I see and feel today -- on this day of independence – the diminishment, vulnerability, silence and stagnation of a once great and confident America. 

Today should be a day of celebration.  Today, should be a day to dream and to pass forward the torch of freedom to the next generation of Americans.  Today, we should continue to believe in the American dream, and of the continued dignity of and for all men, and to reconfirm the continued freedoms that have made this nation great.  And today, we should join hands and hearts with the marchers and protesters that are filling our streets, and help affirm their dreams of a unity of spirit and mind, premised on the foundation that was laid out 245 years ago, but never fully realized.  Let us finally fulfill the eloquence of their faith and the words they wrote 245 years ago. 

A return to a semblance of normalcy, and firework displays will not keep the American dream alive.  We must observe the things that made 13 colonies come together, and a motley group of settlers unit – faith, trust, respect, and a quest for common decency and justice for all.  Our Founding Fathers realized their power and strength when they united and spoke in a united voice and uttered, “We the people.” 

For far too long, America has fumbled and stumbled with its greatness and its influence.  On this Independence Day, let us rediscover what “We the people” means, and the power and strength that comes with a vision and a voice that sees beyond the darkened hearts of hate, manufactured conspiracies, and outright lies.  We must reclaim our voice and regain our strength, and drown out the rhetoric and pomposity of deceitful and manipulated counterfeit patriots.   

I see wisps of America's strength emerging again.  I hear echoes of our powerful voice rising again.  And I feel the will to reclaim and reaffirm our independence again.

Words do matter.  Truth is not subjective.  Empathy defines our greatness, individually, and as a nation.  Demeaning our own institutions and the people of those departments and agencies, erodes the foundation upon which this nation was built.  Hopefully, this 4th of July will reignite the potency and vitality that fuels the spirit and soul of this great nation and the people that have made it strong and true.

It is hard to see false patriots flying our flag in front of their homes, especially today, and displaying fabricated glee for the very democracy they are attempt to overthrow.  They have already exposed themselves, and they continue to overtly and obscenely betray the very country they once themselves believed in and loved.  Why have they closed their minds, their eyes, their hearts, to the very ideas and ideals that inspired the imagination and the dream of America? 

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among them are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”  Let us all begin to breathe again – the fresh air of freedom, truth, justice and equality, without the corrupt and degenerate words and actions of those who cannot see beyond their own-serving arrogance and greed.

This 4th of July, let us feel the radiance again, of what America used to be and means.  Marvel at the firework displays, and listen to the music that celebrates and acclaims the pride, the dignity, the fulfilment, and the joy that inspires, motivates and stimulates a nation of dreamers.

July 4th is about celebrating our continuing legacy, not a day to remember a memory of what used to be, or what soon may end. 


Submitted: July 04, 2021

© Copyright 2021 A.Garcia. All rights reserved.

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Spyguy

I agree with almost everything you say here, Nancy Pelosi & her band of thieves, rogues, and traitors have brought this Country to the hideous place it now lies because of the evil designs of their hearts & the lies they have force-fed the American people through the puppetry of their controlled media!!! Americans need to unite, draw back the curtains and find out the truths that have been hidden from us!!!

Sat, July 10th, 2021 6:37am

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Wow -- guess you just didn't get it, did you? Instead of drawing back the "curtain," why don't you just open up your mind and see and hear what is going on around you. Read my "Hail to Chaos" That will explain what you didn't get in "Celebrating a Legacy".

Mon, July 12th, 2021 6:31am

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