Can someone tell me where the heck this year is going? I can't believe that Jam In The valley is already over and that today is Independence Day. By the way, hats off to the crew at Buffalo Hill Village. Yet again, they put on a fantastic weekend and the fireworks show was even better than last year.I had a chance this weekend to think about what this whole weekend is all about. Why do we have the big parties? Why the big shows? Why the fireworks? It really comes down to one sentence that really describes every day we spend in this amazing Country.The fact that we are free from the pressures, rules and laws that keep so many people burdened and paranoid in other countries is a result of some brave men that wrote the Declaration Of Independence.  Just turn on the news at any moment of any day and you will see the way that some in others countries have to live.Most of them live in fear. They fear their government. They fear the persecution that comes with saying and doing what they believe to be correct. The fear the consequences that they face if they have an opinion that may be opposite that of the regime. They fear their lives in some countries because their religion might not be the one that the leaders have set as the religion of that country.It is basically the things that we take for granted that we are able to enjoy because of our Independence.

I can't say anything beyond what has been already said by scholars or historians about how big of a gamble it was for our founding fathers to make that move to declare Independence from English rule. I think every word of the Declaration Of Independence is simply perfection. But, I always felt that the first sentence contains the most inspiring and most courageous lines. True, the preamble describes the individual rights that humans are entitled to. However, I think that these first few words to use a cliche "cut to the chase."

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

These words kick butt. They are so motivating. I think every American should know these by heart and use them as a guide in everyday life. It says straight up...we are not gonna take your crap anymore and you can't take away what has been given by God. You won't disrespect a human being simply because of opinion. We won't be oppressed by a government that is set up to RULE rather than LEAD.

All politics aside. I think that we as Americans every day, not only today, should remember what it means to be an "American." Perhaps we should pull out these words more often and use them as sort of an operators manual for life in The United States. If we don't fight for what these words mean then history may truly repeat itself. If we don't declare our Independence every single day, then we face going back to exactly what these men faced prior to writing these most sacred words.We have been handed down this great country and it can only survive as a prosperous and free nation if "We The People," integrate the theories and attitudes described in the Declaration Of Independence!