On July 4, America celebrated the 238th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. For most people, this meant going to a large gathering and watching a fireworks display. Others saw it as a day off from work.
As a veteran of the U.S. Navy, I consider it an honor and privilege for anyone to serve their country in this manner. Most people will never be in the armed forces. However, we are all called to be patriots.
Most fireworks were manufactured in China or South Korea. If you are planning to buy some, get American. Conduct the main bulk of your business with corporations whose assembly lines are not located elsewhere. General Motors almost went out of business because too many people decided to buy Japanese imports.
In closing, I will touch briefly on guiding principles. America is one of the few nations where one is allowed to worship as they see fit. If we are not careful, this right will soon go up in flames. Several countries have been attacked directly, or indirectly, by radical militants. There are strong indications that this madness is heading our way. Don’t sell your birthright.