Independence Day |4th of July 2021

Tribute to the painting

When I was a kid, all my friends and I waited anxiously for the Fourth of July. There was something about July 4 which was special to everyone.
Of course, I was too young to realize the meaning of the day. Yes, I heard it was Independence Day. Yes, I knew we had fought the British and won our independence from them. The villains:

King George III, all the Red Coats he commanded to go to the colonies and hurt all the American settlers.
But here’s the thing, I really didn’t understand the meaning. I was too young to understand and really care.
You see, when people celebrate a holiday like Independence Day, we tend to eagerly wait for the day off, and the fireworks. We plan our menu and make sure we have enough charcoal or propane to keep the burgers and dogs coming.

However, we very seldom talk to our children about the real importance of the day.

Os Roca

We believe the Founding Fathers left in brass band after defeating their oppressors. Nothing could be further from the truth. They set that great day of July 4 to continue the incredible achievement that had been undertaken. They had defeated the most powerful country on the face of the earth. This victory ensured a free one-man society. If I may rephrase, the victory of the American colonies was more than colonies battling a tyrannical king.

It was a new, fresh, exciting and terribly fearful way of life for those who fought for their rights, to bring about the greatest change in human history right under the order of importance with Jesus the Savior walking on earth.

Os Roca

So we fast forward to 2020, where authoritarian governors like Newsom, Whitmer, Cuomo, Brown, Inslee and the rest of those who took on more executive powers without any taxation of money, and control of everything anti-Amendments of the Constitution….

This time, instead of Taxation with No Representation, it’s Oppression of Rights with No Equal Representation.

Oscar Roca

Now that I am older, and understand the great sacrifice made by most of the Founding Fathers, I appreciate it more and more.
Did you know that most of the people who signed the Declaration of Independence were left without most of their wealth? Nobody was interested in trading goods and services with a new developing country. The reasons include the following:

  • It was the first time that a country under a “sovereign” detached itself from the empire by violent means… and had the audacity to defeat the mighty empire! Think of countries such as France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and so on. The monarchs were closely watching this significant turn of events with a mind to stop the ensuing colonial independence, should it try to trickle across the pond to the colonies in Africa, Middle East, and Asia!
  • France helped the colonies, to spite Great Britain, as they were hated enemies. I think that king Louie XVI of France, had an ‘Oops’ moment. He helped the colonies gain independence, but was not aware of the implications of his actions. Thirteen years later, France lived through the bloodiest revolution of her time.
  • What the Founding Fathers did was unprecedented in its time. It is still unprecedented in most of the world.
  • This is why we need to preserve the individual freedoms we have…for the sake of our children’s children!

We can be like this picture—United for a bigger cause. United in getting rid of the pettiness of blaming others. United in bringing solutions instead of adding to the burdensome problems…

Os Roca

Happy & Blessed 4th of July to all of you!

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