LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The upcoming weekend allows Americans to celebrate Independence Day - the day our founding fathers designated this country as free from the English rule with the right to pursue our own destiny in a new country.
The evolution of the country in the 238 years since that historic date has undergone extreme advancements - and setbacks - in many areas, depending upon your personal viewpoint.
Many of us are discouraged with the direction we’ve witnessed our country taking. Negotiating with terrorists, being so liberal that we’ve merged into an oblivious society that blurs the line of right and wrong, rewarding those who make no effort to contribute positively to society with handouts served over by the hard working tax-paying population, disregarding the teachings of our ancestors for the modern interpretation or poplar trend, tossing discipline and structure aside for “self expression” by the younger generation, sending our jobs to foreign countries who could call in their ticket and virtually own us - the list is massive and extensive.
This country - once viewed as the beacon of hope for the world - has been outclassed academically, technologically, financially and socially by nations that were once considered as near third-world countries. The United States has sat idly by and let this happen in the name of equality and opportunity for others while its native people suffer.
Our people are discouraged, disheartened and disgusted with our country and the American Dream has become a nightmare that challenges the working-poor on a daily basis.
Despite all these problems facing our nation and its inhabitants, the citizens continue to celebrate each and every July 4th. The National Anthem echoes over the ‘amber waves of grain’ and ‘purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain,’ accented by the boom of colorful fireworks representing the gunfire of the battles that moved the United States of America to its status of freedom - where dictators and tyrants are banned from deciding the fate of its people.