I celebrate this 4th of July with mixed emotions. In fact, the only way I can stomach the 4th is by celebrating the American that was, not the America that is.

The America that exists today is a far cry from the one envisioned by our Founding Fathers. Freedom has become a disposable commodity under the Bush Administration’s unrelenting assault on the Constitution and the liberties that used to be the foundation for this nation. The Democratic-controlled Congress sits back and allows this to happen, making them willing co-conspirators in the dismantling of the freedoms we once enjoyed as a right.

America is no longer a country admired by other nations. Instead, it is an international bully despised by those who once fought with us as allies.

On this 4th of July, let us remember what we once were and pray that we may, one day, recapture that greatness. As things stand right now, there is little reason to celebrate.