A prophet of old once said “my people perish for lack of knowledge.” Today, our stunning lack of knowledge of what it is we’re really celebrating this weekend means we could be the generation that sees liberty perish in America.
Look at what happened this week. Arguably our biggest “win” since the Scott Walker recall came from the Supreme Court abiding by the actual wording of the First Amendment in the Hobby Lobby case, but only by a scant 5-4 margin. The fact we even had to win the argument at all that government can’t force you to do something that violates your moral conscience, like directly pay for the killing of innocent persons for example, is proof positive large pockets of Americans really have no idea what Independence Day is all about.
Our Founding Fathers intended this holiday to be about much more than barbecues and camping trips. They intended it to be a commemoration of American Exceptionalism. Consider this excerpt from a letter Founding Father John Adams sent to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776:
“(Independence Day) will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. 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 shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other. From this time forward forever more. You will think me transported with enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means. And that Posterity will triumph in that days’ transaction, even though we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not.”