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Fighting for Independence in 2008

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While the commercialization of yet another national holiday gets under way this weekend at lakes, community centers, churches, picnics and backyards, the newspaper that "Defends Truth and Freedom" will remind our readers and those from around the globe that monitor our Web site of just how much of a fight we still have left in this nation.

We have suffered eight years under one of the most Constitution-butchering presidential administrations in recent memory.

We have suffered countless trips to the county courthouse and to our city halls to fight for the right to place on our property what we want – only to be either outright denied or forced to pay – we call it a ransom or rental fee – a silly permit.

Our children and grandchildren are sitting atop over $1 billion in city/school/county/hospital district debt. We’re confident our paper has brought to light the principles of what it means to be truly free, either in the pages of these editorials or on the front page.

It’s unpopular to make a stand for freedom and individual liberties.

But the fight must be fought even today.

Our soldiers coming home from deployments in Iraq were sold a bill of goods that on the surface sounded right, but ultimately were proved to be another farce.

We’ve exchanged more Constitutional protections for the Department of Homeland Security, wiretaps and unreasonable searches and seizures, to Karl Rove’s "Defense of Marriage" and "secure our border" bumper sticker slogans.

We’ve thrown heaps of entertainment-soaked, sex-crazed garbage on our nation and its precious Constitution.

We don’t need hot dogs, fireworks, picnics and barbeques to make us celebrate some sort of commercialized "freedom" day.

We need our Constitution back.

It’s 2008 for crying out loud.

We shouldn’t be reminded of just how many freedoms we don’t have.

Though this country is blessed beyond any on the face of the planet, we’ve come a long way from Thomas Jefferson and a real fireworks show called the Revolution.

It’s time to stop and think about what we’re doing to this nation and what our government keeps doing to our Constitution.

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