July 4th, 1776 was an auspicious day in the history of our nation. It was the day the nascent American Congress declared their displeasure with the suffocating rule of the British crown and their desire for independence from British rule. It marked the beginning of a long and painful process that ultimately led to our formation as a sovereign nation — a nation that cherishes the God-given rights, liberties and freedoms of freeborn men and women.

But July 4th, 2011 marks a date unlike no other in American history. This Independence Day, or more rightly termed In Dependence Day, in 2011 finds the United States and its citizens at a critical crossroads and we are faced with a grave choice of how we are going to proceed in the future as a nation. And this choice…as well as the paths to be taken couldn’t be clearer or more contrasting in their actions and consequences. Do we embrace the present profligacy and the political, moral and social degeneration that we have encountered and endured since the 1960′s or do we reject the ever increasing spending and every onerous assault on our rights and liberties through an almost institutional, constitutional perversion?

Regardless of how it seems, it is OUR choice…that of the American citizens, and not that of our elected “representatives” and “leaders.” The current crop of liberal/Progressive equivalent of political snake oil salesmen to hold office only have sway over us, and are able to roll out their destructive ideology, if WE let them. And we let them do this if we cast our precious votes for them and become their enablers. Sure, it’s tempting and seductive to vote for someone who promises you this or that, and wraps those promises in “entitlements” and other “free” government-provided goodies. But it should eventually occur to even the most selfish and greedy among us that a free ride can only last so long before the money runs out and the game is over. July 4, 2011 is just as good a date as any to signify that realization and that end date.

If it were up to me, I would declare this July 4th as a date of personal introspection and as a day where each citizen is asked to reinvigorate their commitment to constitutional principles of government. We need such bold actions if we are to exist for much longer as a prosperous, viable nation. But unfortunately, such actions are only my dream given the rigid, destructive ideology of those, from top to bottom, who control the levers of power in our government.

I can, however, use the words of a young and vigorous 20th-century president, John F. Kennedy, a Democrat mind you, whose time in office came and went far too quickly because of an assassin’s bullet, to implore my co-inhabitants of this land to strive to change our present national circumstance:

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.

My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.

We have either consciously decided to turn our backs on the thrift, honor and virtue that was the hallmark and strength of our Founders, or we have decided, as freeborn men and women, to loot the largess and capital of our good nation in order to satisfy purely selfish motivations. And our actions, and inactions as well, have led us to this place of spiritual, moral and financial turpitude this July 4th holiday.

Is it too late for us to be saved as a nation? That question is unanswerable without the concerted effort of the majority of the American people. It can only occur if we break the bonds that bind us to the government…and demand that that government shrinks in power and size from its present state of being. It can only occur if we change our expectations to from within to from without. It can only change if we return to an embrace of and strict fealty to the Constitution. It can only change if we as individual Americans want it to change.

Human nature being what it is makes our challenge difficult, and perhaps impossible. Our experience tells us that the lesser angels of man’s nature are very powerful indeed. But mankind has encountered, endured and successfully fought off far worse scourges than those presently afflicting our nation. It took willpower, intense sacrifice and great upheaval to do so, but time and time again these lesser angels were indeed vanquished or sufficiently beaten back. The only things separating modern-day Americans from undertaking this challenge are the strength of character and the force of will to do them. Otherwise, we will succumb to the present malaise in virtue, morals and values and break, like no other American generation in history has broken, our inter-generational trust with our children and heirs. Will we be the first generation in American history that will leave our children and heirs poorer and more in debt than our forebears left us?

So let us take up President Kennedy’s challenge this July 4th and beyond — one that rejects a harmful individual-government co-dependency in favor of a return to self-reliance and citizen-centric government. And that means a government for ALL citizens, and not just for special interests and certain favored groups. We need to reject the sinful pull of profligacy, of ever-expanding government and of individual-government co-dependency. We need to go home once and for all, back to the Constitution and all that it, in it’s original form, means to each of us.

Really, it’s no big deal, after all the only thing riding on our success is the future viability and existence of our nation.