Ask Jen about the Fourth of July

1
6
flag

Okay, folks. In light of the upcoming national holiday, I would like to ask you all to chew on this:

There’s been a lot going on in our country these past few weeks. Congress and the U.S Supreme Court have made some big decisions in D.C., individuals have made decisions in the Carolinas and in the southern part of our nation. This is all making national and world news.

Now, I’m not here to talk about my or any personal viewpoints on any of these matters. But what I would like to say is this: At the end of the day, when all of the decisions have been made and the dust has settled, I am darn proud to live in a country where we have the freedom to agree or disagree with those decisions.

If you’re on social media at all, I’m sure your notifications have been a whirlwind of comments — both positive and negative — about the decisions that are being made. How amazing is it that we can reach out to each other to share our viewpoints on these things?

When our forefathers fought for these freedoms, did they know that 200+ years later we would be gathering around a picnic table full of food with our closest friends and family to celebrate their sacrifices and the birth of our nation? Did they know that fireworks would fly in almost every city in the country, every Fourth of July? Did they know that the United States would ultimately become the strongest nation in the world? Did they eat Chicago or New York style hot dogs? Just kidding. Today’s hot dogs weren’t being enjoyed until the late 1800s. (I just wanted to see if you were paying attention.)

I say with utmost pride that I am an American. I fly my Stars and Stripes with pride the same way my parents do. The same way my grandparents did. Whatever decisions Congress has made (or has yet to make), and whatever flag any of my fellow Americans choose to fly, I am proud to know that we have the rights and freedoms to do so.

May God Bless my country.
May God Bless America.

Go make something awesome,
Jen

Get more "Ask Jen" in your inbox each week by getting Around the Table.

It's a FREE weekly e-newsletter all about food. Sign Up Today!

1 COMMENT

  1. Agreed, Jen!

    But the problem is, as Justice Scalia said in his dissent, now we have six people dressed in black robes at the Supreme Court, who are now the arbiter of our freedoms. And that scares the dickens out of him as well as me. Voters don’t count any more.

    Example: every state that passed a state law defining marriage as between one man and one woman was voted on by its citizens. Every state is sovereign.

    But now–SCOTUS says that all doesn’t count. Only “The Supremes” count. Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution does it speak to marriage–ANY MARRIAGE. This was a state issue. No more.

    The Supreme Court quite literally “invented” all this. THAT, my dear, should scare the living daylights out of any conscious person.

    Let me say something now applicable to us that was said on the eve of World War One, the “Great War:”

    “The lamps are going out all over America, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.”

LEAVE A REPLY

Receive emails as this discussion progresses.