Keep independence part of holiday

Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“Do you celebrate Independence Day, or do you celebrate the Fourth of July instead? It’s the difference between celebrating insurrection, secession, and the violent overthrow of a tyrannical government in the cause of independence, or demonstrating your loyalty to an even more tyrannical government and its military. I know which one most people celebrate. Most holidays get corrupted and co-opted over time. Complaints about the commercialization of Christmas are as traditional as Christmas gifts. Yet, no holiday has changed more than Independence Day. It has become a celebration of the opposite of its original spirit. It would be as though Christmas had become a day of hatred and theft. This is probably why almost no one calls it ‘Independence Day’ anymore, choosing instead to simply identify it by the calendar date.” (06/30/24)