Miller on Monday: What Are You Really Celebrating on July 4th?

If you think that July 4th is about something other than secession, then you’ve probably had one beer too many or are suffering from acute hot dog poisoning. Either way, this is a good time of the year to reflect on the true meaning of what should be celebrated on July 4th.

July 4th is celebrated as Independence Day. It is not Second Memorial Day, Pre-Veterans Day, Lather Over Lincoln Day, Yet Another Flag Day, National The Federal Government Can Do No Wrong Day, or Remember When We Actually Had A Constitution Day. Days celebrating independence are common. Texas has one. For non-Texans, it’s on March 2nd. Dozens of countries around the world have them. In every instance, they are to commemorate the anniversary of their country’s separation from another union or country, and taking their place as a nation among nations.

Yet here in the good ol’ American Union, the real meaning of the holiday is steadfastly avoided. Even the name “Independence Day” has been systematically replaced with the exceedingly plain and generic “Fourth of July”. Any discussion of the roots of the holiday and its modern day political implications is met with blank ...

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