Independence Day

Hi everyone! Young Patriot Rising here! I’m mainly a conservative blogger, but I also write about other varying topics. Kara and I decided to do guest posts on each other’s blog in honor of Independence Day. Be sure to check out my blog, and subscribe!

This Saturday is the 4th of July (aka America’s birthday). This is the day we declared ourselves a free nation. Actually, it was July 2nd that Continental Congress decided to declare the U.S. an independent nation. For the last 244 years, we have celebrated the signing of the Declaration of Independence with fireworks, family time, and more. Remembering our independence is great. In the hustle and bustle of life, we sometimes forget these things. What does it mean to be an American? For me, it’s simple.

Independence means freedom from the control of others. America has no rulers. We have elected officials. We have control over our destinies. That is one of the great aspects of the U.S. We have freedoms unlike any other country. The Founding Fathers with their great wisdom knew that a people were not meant to be controlled, but free. That is why they left England. To create a nation where their descendants could live in peace and harmony, without the tyrannous rule of a King/Queen. No other country has a great rule book like the Constitution. Some people believe the Constitution is outdated. I don’t. What is written in the Constitution still applies to the present.

What does it mean to be an American? I think there are going to be various responses to this question, but this is what I think it means to be an American. The first is to always work for what you want. Don’t take what you have for granted. Determination is the key to success in America. To be an American is to live the American dream. Anyone can succeed in this country, no matter how poor you may be. My father didn’t have a dime to his name, yet became a major success. The second is to be an American means realizing we are all different. We don’t have to agree on everything (politics or otherwise), but we should be able to respect one another. That’s our freedom of speech. “All men created equal.” The day we lose that is the day our freedoms will die, and that’s already happening.

The last thing I believe makes someone American is knowing our history. You don’t need to watch the news for more than 5 minutes to see how people don’t know U.S. history. They are tearing down statues of abolitionists, yet claiming to “fight racism.” Certain people are trying to erase our history, and reform it into what they want. And certain people are allowing it to happen. We have to continuously educate children, teenagers, and college students even about this country’s history. Our history is our lifeblood to this country.

Appreciating our veterans is an important aspect of being an American too. I can’t stand how this generation disrespects our flag, ultimately spitting on the graves of our veterans. We did not get to where we are because of political correctness. We did not get here because of the virus known as Leftism. We got here because of the brave men and women who gave their lives for this country. Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” has one of my favorite lines: “And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.” No matter your political ideology, our veterans should receive the utmost respect. This is the home of the free because of the brave. To any veterans reading this, thank you for your service! God bless our troops!

This is what I believe it means to be an American. As the daughter of immigrants, my parents taught me something important about the U.S. Never take what you have for granted. John F. Kennedy said it best, “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” Appreciate this nation, as it is a wonderful place to live in, despite its past mistakes. No other country has what we have. I hope everyone has a great 4th of July!

-Young Patriot Rising

You can read my guest post on Young Patriot Rising's blog right HERE.

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