July 4th in Costa Rica by David Rushton

From Canada Free Press:  Marcia and I sat this evening in the garden of an Indian Restaurant in the Escazu section of San Jose eating Tandoori chicken and listening to the sound of fireworks coming from the American Ambassador’s residence two blocks away. But not all the 4th of July fireworks were in the Ambassador’s garden. They were all over the capital city of Costa Rica, because Costa Ricans are very much pro-American.

As we ate I could not help thinking of my own first July 4th in the United States. I was not yet a citizen, but I was visiting from just over the river where I lived at the time in Canada. It was not easy for me to become a citizen back then. 

I was British, but I had always wanted to be an American. There was a very stringent test for immigrants back then. You had to really want to be an American and be prepared to learn what it meant to be an American. And then you were expected to stand up for the principals that made America great.

You didn’t just walk in and start demanding that Americans pay your bills, educate your children and pay for you to go into hospitals for free medical care, and be treated like royalty.

There was a quota system when I applied to come to the United States and it took a few years for me to get to front of the line. I remember that I was grilled by the Immigration Officers and made to prove that I understood and agreed with the form of government that the United States enjoyed.

Today it seems that it is a Federal Crime to be what was then considered a loyal citizen. How on earth did all that come about?

The first settlers in the “New World” came to escape persecution in Europe, mostly England. They founded a Nation based on Liberty and Equality, where they did not have to fear the King. They were united in their determination to live free of big government and overbearing dishonest rulers. They chose honest citizens to represent them in making laws that were fair and just. And most of them were happy to abide by those laws for the good of all. But one of the most important foundations of that Nation was a belief in Almighty God and in His laws as presented in the Bible.

Now, more than two centuries have passed and I wonder what the founding fathers would have thought of their United States today. No, honestly I do not wonder. I know what they would have thought of that strutting Kenyan peacock who has usurped the authority of “We the People.” I know what they would have thought of a Supreme Court that flaunts the Constitution and rules in favor of the enemies of righteousness and against God. I know what they would have thought of the self serving politicians who will do anything to get votes in order to keep their positions for life. I know what they would have thought of the Police who break down doors of innocent people in the middle of the night and the Prosecutors who ignore truth and justice to make a name for themselves that will eventually get them into high political positions.

What would the Founding fathers have done if they could have looked into the future and seen the sick and self hating society that they fathered all those years ago?

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