Kids grow to independence, but only if they and their parents work toward it every day of their life until they are adults.
Students become independent thinkers, but it takes work and preparation- on the part of the student as well as the teacher.
Citizens have independence from tyranny, but they must work to preserve and deserve status. It rarely comes without sacrifice and compromise.
As you gather with friends and family on this US Independence Day, take a moment between the burgers & beer and the fireworks to think on the sacrifices that allow you to gather in this way and speak your mind. Think on the freedoms you are most thankful for, and what you would compromise or give up to maintain them. If you think none of them are at risk and those freedoms are guaranteed, think again. Our freedoms are constantly at risk of erosion from people who want to take the safe and easy route. Be prepared to work hard and speak out so that your children and grandchildren can continue to enjoy those freedoms you cherish most.
Happy Independence Day to all my freedom loving friends around the globe!