A Salute to Our Soldiers

The 4th of July is not officially the celebration of the sacrifices our soldiers have made for their country, but in reality, it always has been. Since the Declaration of Independence was signed, we have had to fight for our freedom, initially from a country that eventually adopted those same freedoms. In fact, in most cases, we’ve fought against regimes that claimed to be bastions of freedom, only to be anything but.

Oppressive dictatorships seem to like to disguise themselves in false titles: The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Hitler’s National Socialist German Workers’ Party, The People’s Republic of China, The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

A Republic is defined as a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them.

A Socialist government is supposed to be one where all the people own everything equally, and share in its governance.

None of the above mentioned dictatorships allowed, or allow their people such freedoms and rights of ownership as America does. None of them allow free speech, the right to bear arms, or the right to peaceful assembly, but all of them had, or would like to see those rights denied us. And that’s why honoring the sacrifice our soldiers make is an even more important a part of our 4th of July celebration than the fireworks, the eating, the family gathering, and dancing around the campfire.

We can enjoy these things because of the sacrifices of our soldiers, both present and past.

And that’s what it is all about.

Happy birthday America, and a big salute to those who made it all possible!

Clifford M. Scovell


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