American Independence: what is it really? For two and a half centuries men and women have fought for American Independence. But why? What is independence and why is independence so important? More specifically, what is American Independence and how has that set us apart from the rest of the civilized world? Why is the American notion of our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness so fiercely sought after?
If we Americans were paying attention in our history lessons, we know that in 1776 at the behest of the Continental Congress that Thomas Jefferson and four others were appointed to draft a declaration of Independence. Seventeen days later a rough draft was presented to Congress and it only took them six days to ratify it. However, the fight for freedom and independence would wage seven more years and end with American Independence in 1783.
That same freedom has been fought for many times over as dictators and nefarious regimes around the globe have attempted to trample the rights of humans. For example Hitler, Stalin, and Castro.
What is American Independence? As mentioned, American Independence is our basic human rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But it is so much more. It is our rights as laid out in the American Constitution and Bill of Rights. American Independence is also the intangible spirit of its people. The innate sense of purpose, liberty, and goodness of Americans. American Independence is the notion that once we have chosen our path, we may follow that to pursue happiness, to achieve our dreams, to become better.
Which leads us to the why. Why has America fought so hard for its independence and the independence of others? Because it’s the right thing to do. The unalienable rights referred to in the Declaration of Independence, the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, do not belong to just Americans. They belong to humans. To every homo sapien that roams the earth. As humans we should not be repressed by those that crave power, glory, and riches.
For me independence means what it did to our Founding Fathers. Freedom to worship, freedom to move freely without censorship and constant monitoring, the ability to convene en masse without fear of retribution, and basically to be able to do whatever I bloody well please as long as it doesn’t infringe upon someone else’s rights.
Today is the 4th of July, the day when all Americans celebrate Independence. Unfortunately we have lost much of what made America great. Power hungry megalomaniacs have nestled into their Congressional seats and sold themselves to the highest bidder under the guise of keeping Americans “safe”. A two-party system has managed to divide us and keep us distracted from the true issues threatening to burst this country apart like the volcanoes bubbling under Yellowstone National Park.
The spirit of American Independence is still alive and well, albeit changing directions. It takes visiting foreign countries to make one appreciate what we are still able to do here.
What does American Independence mean to you? Do you think that our Independent spirit is still strong? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.