Ponder the reason we celebrate Fourth of July

To the editor:

Every year we celebrate July 4 with parades, picnics and fireworks, without stopping to think what it is, exactly, we’re celebrating.

We are not celebrating the fourth day of the month; rather we are honoring the most important day in the history of our great nation, when we declared to King George III that after “a long train of abuses and usurpations” we would no longer be subjects to his tyrannical rule (U.S. Declaration of Independence).

Those who signed the Declaration of Independence were accused of treason and became the objects of vicious manhunts. Some were taken, and some, like Thomas Jefferson, had narrow escapes. All who had property or families near British strongholds suffered, and many died fighting for freedom so that future generations would not have to.

Yet we find ourselves, once again, under tyrannical rule. The NSA collects phone records on law-abiding citizens, the IRS is used to target groups with opposing opinions, the State Department lied about Benghazi with false information provided by the White House, the Justice Department sold weapons to NARCO terrorists just south of our border through Fast and Furious, the president authorized his attorney general to spy on journalists, the secretary of health and human services pressured insurance companies to promote the Affordable Care Act and most recently, Obama asks librarians to promote the Affordable Care Act to children. As a result, 17,000 libraries will be promoting the Affordable Care Act to your children. This means that when your children use the library computer they will be redirected to the Obamacare website and will be strongly biased toward accepting Obamacare. Our younger generation is being manipulated into believing that they must rely on their government for their health care needs instead of being self-sufficient. The libraries could better spend their time and our money connecting their computer to teach our children American history and family values.

As with King George III, the history of our current administration is a “history of repeated injuries and usurpations” with the intent of “an absolute tyranny over these states” (U.S. Declaration of Independence).

This Independence Day, renew our Declaration of Independence and read it to your children and grandchildren, so they may understand that it is not the fourth day of the month we are celebrating, rather the declaration of our independence from a tyrannical ruler. We are celebrating the day that we declared ourselves a sovereign nation of free men, men “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 deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” (U.S. Declaration of Independence).

Happy Independence Day!

Lisa Nancollas