Charlie Daniels
By Charlie Daniels | July 4, 2013 | 8:40 PM EDT

As we celebrate the 237th birthday of the United States of America, I can't help but look back at the sacrifices that have been made to make us free and the selfish political ambition, sloth and greed that is being attempted today to turn America into a godless, hedonistic, lazy nation dependent on a monolithic central government for everything that makes life possible.

And no, I am not being pessimistic, just realistic. I love America with all my heart, and to see what has become of it in the past three quarters of a century that I've been a citizen is nothing short of heartbreaking.

The people who came here to escape the kind of government that would try to tell them how they are allowed to worship and what their moral values should be would not believe that the nation they fought a bloody revolution to free has fallen back into the hands of a government who would try to force the church and believers to go against their heartfelt convictions.

The ragtag Continental Army that stood against the mighty British Empire with little more than squirrel rifles and guts would never accept the fact that the nation they fought so hard to rescue from a tyrant would prop up dictatorships, support despots and arm nations who would eventually turn those arms against America.

The pioneers who crossed the mountains and settled the western parts of this nation, living off the land would never accept a government, which wants to disarm them.

The men who stood up on the floor of the legislature and pledged their lives and their fortunes to winning independence would be appalled at the panty-waisted loudmouths of today who care for nothing but their own political image and the next election.

The brave ones who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day would never accept a president who would leave their brothers at arms to be slaughtered in a Libyan Consulate without even attempting to send help.

The brave men who fought at the Alamo would never have envisioned that one day the border they died to establish would be nothing more than an imaginary line in the sand to be crossed with impunity by whoever wants to walk across to be rewarded with citizenship by vote greedy politicians.

The pilgrims who placed a cross on the beach when they arrived in America would have a hard time believing that such symbols of belief are forbidden in public places and even the mention of the name of the God they served is not allowed to be spoken in public schools.

Would Ronald Reagan be able to deal with the fact that after destroying the Iron Curtain and tearing down the Berlin Wall that Russia is again building up their military and becoming belligerent and disrespectful, and that the military he worked so hard to make the finest in the world is being systematically weakened by the current administration and that the Internal Revenue Service is being used to settle personal political vendettas and the Justice Department has become such an ineffective and corrupt agency?

Would he have left men behind?

I think not.

I take no pleasure at all in writing such a negative article on a day when we should be celebrating the greatness of our nation, but if America doesn't start facing the truth we will have no nation left to celebrate.

Happy Fourth.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops and the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels