It’s the Fourth of July and I’ve been out in the desert near Palm Springs for a couple of days, taking a break from the regular routine of life and using the opportunity to recharge the mental, physical and spiritual batteries. It’s been warm, 100+ degrees each day, but the mornings are a tranquil 85 or so and a perfect time to take a hike in the hills, work up a sweat, and collect my thoughts.
As you might expect, this morning at 5 a.m. those thoughts turned to the upcoming celebration that would consume every town in America, and that got me to thinking about the sad state of our Federal government and their inability to actually serve the citizens of this great land. So what are we celebrating on this Fourth of July?
The answer to that question came a couple of hours later when I was making a quick run to the store for breakfast. I turned on the car radio and listened to a reading of the Declaration of Independence. It seems the reason to celebrate relates to the wisdom of our founding fathers as opposed to the lack of wisdom present in today’s government, and that got me wondering if this passage should be tattooed on the forehead of every American politician.
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. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Declaration of Independence
Guess that idea would be a bit extreme, but you get the point. Maybe it would be enough if every one of them would at least read this passage each day before they went to work. Wishful thinking. Here’s to wishing all of you a happy Fourth of July, and to celebrating Life, Liberty and Happiness around the world!!