Though roughly one mile from the beach, instead I gladly choose to goad my fellow Americans from the comfort of my computer desk to consider what Independence Day truly is about. Don't get me wrong; I'll be in the backyard later cooking up some burgers, too, but please, right now, I urge you to consider whether you are satisfied with the state of affairs of our nation.
What are you going to do to make it better?
Nothing? It's out of your hands? Beyond your control?
Or in the pit of your gut have you discovered something whispering: take action in some way -- at some point soon -- to help preserve what's left of our liberty and to possibly restore what's been lost.
If the answer is no, or if you shrug your shoulders and say What can I possibly do that could make a difference? then all I can say is that I'm glad George Washington and the Founding Fathers didn't do that, or we'd be in a significantly worse predicament than that which we now find ourselves.
Bigger government is not the answer. Indeed, a more intrusive government that spends our money with reckless abandon all around the globe is part of the problem -- as is our tendency to spend inordinate amounts of time pursuing today's pleasures and planning tomorrow's luxuries.
What am I doing? rightfully you may respond. Well, I investigate -- reading, searching, questioning, connecting the dots when possible. We all have something we can contribute. Investigative reporting is what I do best, so that's what I do to help my country. Shining light on what is hidden in the dark. That's what I intend to continue to do here at U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor and at other news outlets such as WND and The Revered Review that frequently buy my articles.
Don't just light that grill, people. There's work to be done. Sure, enjoy the barbecue. I know I will (and don't get me started on the homemade potato salad that Jen just created -- incredible stuff!) But when we're done with the festivities, let's plan on getting down to the business of figuring out what else we can do to make our country better, without making our government bigger and menacingly stronger.
Happy Independence Day.
-- Steve Peacock, July 4, 2012