Happy Independence Day 2013

Mari and I hope everyone is having a wonderful 4th of July!  Please keep safety in mind when you light up those fireworks 🙂

There were many sacrifices during the American Revolution and thanks to those courageous individuals, today we celebrate independence.  But it’s difficult to celebrate when there are so many people still oppressed.  What could we learn from the historic events that led to July 4, 1776 to stand up for those who had their rights stolen and are voiceless?

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. ― Robert F. Kennedy

The Declaration of Independence bent our history in the United States and continues to shape the American Dream:

Life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. ― James Truslow Adams

It’s unfortunate that the most wealthy individuals feel the need to limit a richer and fuller life for everyone.  I have to give the 1% props though since they manipulate the system so well, the 99% will continue to support them despite an increasing gap in economic inequality:

Wealth Distribution in 2010

I give even more props to those members of the 99% who stands up against all odds to run an independent locally-owned business.  These entrepreneurs send off a tiny ripple of hope for everyone else who aspires to some day live the American Dream.  They are competing against the unfair practices of national chains and big-box retailers that take advantage of American tax money in order to maximize profits.  These profits only get distributed to the top executives and shareholders of the company.  However when independent locally-owned businesses thrive, more money gets recirculated into the local economy, generating more funds for public services and making a dent on the walls of oppression.

Let’s celebrate Independence Day today by making a commitment to stand up and fight for everyone’s freedom.


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