Independence Day

We all know the history of Independence Day. A relatively small group of free white males in the American colonies banded together to free the colonies from oppressive rule by Britain.

But that was a long time ago…

At this time in American history globalization is a given, as well as multinational corporations, nationalistic sentiment in a country where all of us (except Native Americans) share and immigrant past, a lack of knowledge of our American story and a continued rise in apathy. It’s hard to know what Independence Day means.

Today I have more questions than answers.

Are we independent. If we aren’t, what are we dependent on?

Energy sources, oil, large loans from other nations to keep us running financially, international good will?

What do we have to do to stay independent as a nation?


What are we willing to do?

Diplomacy or war?

Give in to xenophobia?

What about personally?

Are you independent and what does that mean?

I’ve heard people use the phrase fiercely independent, usually like it’s a good thing.But think about it, is it good to be independent in an extreme.

I freely admit, I depend on friends and family. It’s a lifelong intricately intertwined love affair. So many times I couldn’t have gotten along without them, and they me. And we have shared so many joys.





About Frances Wiedenhoeft

After a lifetime in nursing, anesthesia and the Army I now write, blog, attend school for journalism and massage, and watch my 3 grandchildren. I am a veteran of Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan and try to serve other vets such as myself, and to work for peace.
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