With Old Glory waving, our nation recently celebrated its independence. Our military forces marched through Washington and magnificence jets zipped over it. With bands playing in the background, our president took the time to explain that he is responsible for a large part of this independence. Nice of him to share it with us.

Not intending to beat a sick horse to death, how independent do you feel? God said we could always depend on him, but I wonder how he feels when he looks down and surveys his children—a world in chaos like it was when Eve took command of Eden.

Of course, I don’t know what your feelings are, but I depend way too much on what our government does each day of my uncertain life. Where do we go to get relief? I’ve tried the Internet and solitude. There is no place where noise doesn’t dwell. It’s like tinker bells constantly ringing in your head.

Thomas Jefferson gave it his best shot as he put the words together declaring our independence. Where are our Founders when we need them? They got it nearly right, but there are a few little hitches to it. How can you argue with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? And equality for all is another matter. One way to promote equality is to build a wall across our southern border. Another way is to tax the wealthy to finance the wall. But what happens when the Swamp declares bankruptcy, proving that money can’t ensure equality, but it can buy happiness up to a point. Where are you going? I’m going out to shop for happiness, which is a state of mind. How much does peace of mind cost?

Jefferson and the Founders didn’t dare ensure happiness, but only the “pursuit” of it. To grant happiness and equality, Congress would have to divide up Wall Street, which would eliminate welfare. Why should a citizen, who has it share it with one who doesn’t? Every citizen has the right to be a capitalist, but if you’re mired in mediocracy, your best bet, which is what life is, is to migrate to a country flourishing in socialism, where their government will take care of you.

Our government is desperately trying to do that, but the catch is that elite lawmakers must take care of themselves first. Then if anything is left over, it can trickle down to the commoners to lift them up. If you should rise to an elite status, you will fight a war to stay there.

Jefferson wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” which is a tricky statement. It seems that the longer we pursue these truths, the more divided we become. And he also proclaimed, “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men (women much later), deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed—That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it.” Does it mean that anti-Trump citizens should send moving vans to the White House?

Another thing, during Jefferson’s time, equality referred to the white-male race. My grandmother couldn’t legally vote until she became 36. Jefferson also owned slaves, and it took about a hundred more years to free them. And then it only took about 155 more years until Barack Obama became president. Be patient: Time will tell wonderful things. Equality moves at a crippled snail’s pace.

Is America still a land of the free and a place of independency and opportunity where all can dream? Or, is it becoming more of a nightmare where heads of state stay in office, at any cost to wield power, which must be something like an aphrodisiac to them?

When our nation was established in a wilderness, little did the Founders know what they were getting into, but they had a dream. As more and more people also had this dream, it’s why the cages are brim full at our southern border.

Does America have anything else other than independency to offer? Yes, we do. As I’ve entered the acute aging stage, there are times I need help tying my shoes. Flip-flops hurt my feet. Kinfolks, friends and neighbors come to my rescue since my government is too involved in self-perpetuation.

Despite its growing diversity, the American spirit is basically alive and well. That is, if the States find a way to re-unite again. Where is Jefferson when we need him?

— Contact Terry Cummins at TLCTLC@AOL.com.