On the 234th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence from the Brits it is worth remembering that the Declaration was the culmination of the War of Independence. Our sons and daughters continue to put their lives in harm’s way so that we can preserve the outcome of that war. We celebrate the weekend with fireworks, fire up the barbecues, watch the parades, and hope that that peace will find its way into the hearts and minds of people who will agree that it is time for an interlude.
War loses its meaning when it is perpetually fought. To have meaning, war must be punctuated by peace much as sound is punctuated by silence. Yet peace comes at a price, and if it’s cost is freedom then we have not only the right but the obligation to bear arms. War can be abused, but so can civility. Celebrating our independence reminds us how dependent we are on the day to day civilities in this country that seem increasingly at risk.
Have a safe and joyous Independence Day.