Celebrating Independence Day

By Lynnette Hoffman

Celebrating Independence Day

July 4 is the day we celebrate the United States independence from the British. This day has been celebrated for nearly 250 years, but we live with independence every day. Men and women have given their lives for our freedom. Let's look at what their lives have given us.

Even though there are times we felt the government overreached during COVID, we for the majority of our lives have not been forced to live as the government tells us. We are free to go out, start your car and go anywhere you want. You are free to choose what you do on Independence Day.

Independence Day is a day we live everyday. We don't see it this way, but we really are free to live how we want. You can own a home in America and pass it to your heirs. If you can't afford a new home, then you can rent, if you can't afford to rent, then you are free to live on someone's property or municipality public property. We know that prices of homes have skyrocketed, but usually we see a market correction after a huge increase, as we saw in 2008.

Our freedom's are still available today as they were 10 years ago. You can hop in your car, go to Idaho, Oregon or anywhere in the country. We do not have checkpoints at every state line, you are free to roam around. Each state is allowed to govern themselves as well. Who you elect is what will happen in this state, please don't forget this at election time.

The dictionary describes freedom as "the quality or state of being free, such as the absence of necessity, coercion or constraint in choice or action, liberation from slavery or from the power of another, boldness of conception or execution for opinion." We don't have a lot of constraints either, we can buy the food we like, go to a restaurant or even drive your car on the beach.

Everyday we wake up to freedom, we are free to wake up, go to a job we chose and come home to even more Freedom's. We are free to use a lawnmower, free to plant trees, free to have different hairstyles. If you lived in North Korea, these freedom's are not an option. You can not do what you want in communist countries, they can even tell you what to wear. They can force you to work in a hard labor camp. These are things we take for granted every single day.

You are free to protest against your government. You are free to vote for your favorite politician. What most don't know (as they don't have a history in politics) is that political parties in control are cyclical, for a while you will see the Democrats in control, when they screw up, the next election will go to Republicans. When Republicans are in control and they screw up, then the next election goes to the Democrats. Wouldn't it be nice if we had politics we used to when every politician reached across the aisle to what was best for the Americans. We now have a far left or a far right, what happened to the left or right? Because of this, you are free to vote differently every time.

We are free to travel, either by car, boat, plane or whatever you decide. If you lived in South Korea, you could not travel outside of the country, but Americans are free to travel to a majority of countries. We are also free to make our own money, several of the riches in the tech business did not start with a billion dollars, they were free to make it. We are free to read a newspaper, with stories that are approved by the Editor and not the government. We can listen to whatever music we want. There is so much we can do that others can not.

So, this week before the 4th of July, please remember to see all your freedom's you have every day. In fact, you are free not to see freedom every day. Oh, what a great country the United States of America is, we are truly free!