Today is a day on which we celebrate “independence,” and I believe it is appropriate, too, to call it a celebration of our current system of government. I have recently read criticism of our government because of high taxes. The rant goes “That was what the Boston Tea Party was about.” True, taxes were at the crux of the matter, and true, our taxes are high. However, the argument was about who levied the taxes. We were being taxed to support troops put in place by a government far away across an ocean. The people in the colonies had no say about what was taxed or about how much tax burden they bore. Would we want to do without the things our taxes pay for and support?
Today we send our representatives to the seat of government WE choose those people, who in turn, choose for us. Not a bad idea. If we don’t like decisions we need to look at whom we choose to represent us. That’s the bottom line, and it is a majority decision. Of course that means some of us won’t get what we want. We need to be patient and work on changing the representation, not protest the government we elected.
I am a member of the military, the Air National Guard. When I wear my uniform in public, I hear “Thank you for your service,” frequently. It makes me proud and humble. I have not fought. I have not faced combat, but I serve. There is one man who serves our country in a way that is harder than most. He may not face true military combat, but he directs all the military. I may not always agree with his methods or decisions, but our system elected him to be the supreme commander of our military. He has to make life and death decisions that could affect millions of people. I wouldn’t want the job.
As you think about our nation today, its humble beginnings and painful birth, remember what we are celebrating. Let’s set aside our differences and protests today. Let’s thank the ONE who put all leaders in power. Let’s remember our Commander-in-Chief and all who serve our nation and say THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!by