Day 4— July Writing Challenge to Support Veterans; Please Donate After Reading

Happy Independence Day! Thankfully we celebrate our country in the most beautiful time of the year. I’m not sure what it would be like to slap some burgers and dogs on the grill in the middle of January, maybe I’ll try that on New Years.

Happy 4th of July and thank you to everyone who supports our freedom.

What does it mean to have independence? Well, it takes a lot of hard work to get it and it takes even more to keep it. Many people don’t know or forget that July 4th 1776 was a day that the Declaration of Independence was adopted, it was not the end of the Revolutionary War. Our first President didn’t begin his first term until 1789, almost 13 years after our independence from England. If anything, it was that ideal that continued our fight to be a self governed nation.

As a veteran, our country is by no means perfect, but it is still the best one out there. Where else can I join an Army sworn to protect our nation “from all enemies foreign and domestic” giving the citizens the absolute right to peacefully demonstrate against its own government and policies? If you tried that in any other place in the world, my belief is that it would not go over very well. Internally this causes some uneasiness, we should all get along and support one another, but we are allowed to have our selective opinions and demonstrate accordingly.

There has been quite a bit of talk about the media, the government, international leaders, who’s right and who’s wrong, and a whole bunch of mudslinging. Politicians and celebrities have no idea what the true day to day life is really about. When we allow Hollywood elites to chime in about real life, the message easily gets lost in translation. Our politicians need to hear from the people that are living life day in and day out. They need to hear direct from the source. We need to accept the responsibility to keep them informed and vocalize our message.

Everyone has an issue or topic that is near and dear to them. Take on the challenge of doing what you can to support your position on the matter. Don’t let others speak for you. We all have the support of the First Amendment, the right to free speech, but we need to utilize it responsibly. You can’t incite riot, you have to be factual or truthful, and it’s OK if people don’t agree with you. It doesn’t matter your position on a particular topic, you have the right to state your views. Does this piss people off? Yes, all of the time. But I challenge you to seek out other views and opinions and understand them. I didn’t say you need to agree with them, just merely understand their view. This will likely help you to craft a stronger argument for your opinion.

I’m going to close this out for today and figure out how better to keep engaging with you over the rest of the month. Do you have any topic that you want to talk about? I’d love to hear your thoughts and I’ll gladly share my opinion. Please remember I am doing this writing challenge to help support veterans. I need you to like, share, and donate to a good cause.

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Thanks for reading.