As the 4th of July, America’s Independence Day, comes and goes, we should take the time to remember why we celebrate that day from 1776. The fight for freedom from an oppressive government with imperialistic goals was a risk that many chose not to take, and many of those did so only because it became popular, which turned the leaders of this freedom fight into who we now call our ‘founding fathers.’ Without their courage, determination, and ideals of equality, we would never have had the America that has lasted 230+ years. What we should be able to recognize is the similarity between the tyranny of late-1700s Great Britain and post-2001 American-brand tyranny. The rights and freedoms that have come to define America are slowly, but gradually being taken away in favor of a false sense of security. Benjamin Franklin had the right idea when he said, “Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” So as you watch fireworks or light some off yourself this year, remember why our country exists, what it used to stand for, and what our ancestors have gone through to ensure its survival. This should be on the minds and in the hearts of all Americans this 4th of July. Have a good one!