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Opinion: Randy Brown – The 4th of July

The 4th of July

I hope that you all had a very happy, safe and fun July 4th celebration. July 4, 2016 officially marked America’s 240th birthday! It was on July 4, 1776 that Congress adopted our Declaration of Independence (though history shows that our Declaration of Independence was actually voted on and signed in the Second Continental Congress on July 2, 1776). July 4th has always been one of my very favorite holidays because of what it stands for.

When I was a teenager in junior high school, I vividly remember the celebration of America’s Bicentennial on July 4, 1976. I remember the months and months of historical celebration and promotion leading up to our Bicentennial. And, I remember exactly what our family did on that very day. And, I also remember that we attended a celebration on the Shreveport Riverfront that evening. Wow, the fact that it has now been 40 years since that time seems to me to be an impossibility.

If you had a flag to fly on July 4th, I hope that you displayed it proudly. If you were able to attend church this past week, I hope that your church celebrated patriotism both in message and in song. And, I hope that your church gave thanks to God for the many freedoms that we enjoy in our country. America is truly a blessed nation. As such, we should all give constant thanks and praise to God for the greatness that HE has bestowed upon our blessed nation. We are mighty and we are free.

Of course, not all nations can say this. And sometimes, I wonder about the erosion of some of our freedoms in this country. In many ways, it seems that we see some of our freedoms and privileges slipping away right before our very eyes. As U.S. citizens, we are guaranteed certain rights and privileges by our Constitution (the most important of which are specifically outlined in The Bill Of Rights). To say that our Constitution is a “work in progress” or imply that our rights and privileges can be taken away based upon a certain political leader’s aspirations or beliefs is not at all the direction that our Founding Fathers intended for our nation to follow. That line of thinking/philosophy goes directly back to the tyrannic King from which they were fleeing.

If you research our Declaration of Independence, you will find that it begins by stating:
“The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America – When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. 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 these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Well, to me, this says it all. Our nation was founded upon these principles and without a doubt, our nation was founded upon God. I shiver when I think about all of the ways that so many in our nation are trying to take God completely out of the picture when any issue or tradition of a political nature is discussed/debated.

Our Founding Fathers were very religious. They wanted our nation to be directed by God. Separation of Church and State does not mean that there is to be no religion at all. It means that our government can not tell us which religion that we have to be – as was the case in Great Britain (and one of the many reasons they were at war with the government of tyranny established by the King).

We are the United States of America. We are mighty and we are free!

Randy Brown is Publisher of the Bossier Press-Tribune.  He can be reached at rbrown@bossierpress.com

Randy Brown is Publisher of the Bossier Press-Tribune.  He can be reached at rbrown@bossierpress.com

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