“A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works.”
What a great quote!… and on the 4th of July it makes us think a little bit.
Independence Day is usually associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and various other public and private events meant to celebrate the history, government, and traditions of the United States.
What we are really celebrating is that, on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, which ends with these words:
“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.”
It’s easy to complain about politics and government… but Independence Day is a time to just step back and reflect on how good we do have it no matter what our political affiliation is. We can all come together and enjoy the freedom we have here. As we look forward to our day of celebration this year, let’s let it be more than a picnic or a barbecue, more than parades and fireworks. Let’s remember that liberty and freedom aren’t free. Let’s remember that we pay for them with the sacrifice of our personal agendas to secure the greater good. Let’s live up to the obligations each of us has toward our fellow citizens to guarantee we will remain a free society. Let us remember the meaning of the 4th of July, the meaning of the Independence Day.
And… if we find a parking ticket on our car at the end after the parade… let’s at least try to rejoice… at least a little…. that the system works.
Just a few 4th of July observations from Guy Calor, the Caulk King and CaulkWarmer