We are becoming a country without history, a country without heritage, a country without a past, and perhaps this may be the last year we have the opportunity to show respect to our American Patriots and the best country of them all.
While the colonies may have established it, “America” was given a name long before. America is named after Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian explorer who set forth on the then-revolutionary concept that the lands that Christopher Columbus sailed to in 1492 were part of a separate continent.
Thomas Jefferson was one of the most important and prominent figures in American history. He was a Founding Father and one who was responsible for writing the Declaration of Independence as well as the third President of the United States.
John Hancock was one of the Founding Fathers and the president of the Second Continental Congress. He is remembered for signing the Declaration of Independence with a very large signature. After the war he was governor of Massachusetts.
John Dickinson was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States who worked heavily to reconcile the American colonies and Great Britain in the run-up to the American Revolution, particularly in the Continental Congress. He also helped to write the Articles of Confederation that governed the country before the Constitution was written.
John Adams was the spokesman of the American Revolution, playing a central role in convincing the Continental Congress to vote for independence. He also worked with Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin to write the Declaration of Independence.
Regardless of what history tell us about what Jefferson, Hancock, Dickinson, Adams, Jefferson, Franklin and many other patriots have done; regardless of what sacrifice any of them may have made for this country, in the eyes of today’s so-called patriots and socialist groups who want to take down the statues that different states have erected in their honor, when those statues come down, it will be diluting the memory of them and eradicating their sacrifice for the nation.
Only those who are on the side of the new revolutionaries will have any effect in today’s life and be accepted as the right people for the new world.
Those who do not agree with the Black Lives Matter groups will be named enemies of the country; those who do not want to get involved with the agitating ideas of those groups will be targeted and labeled whatever those groups want to label them, but they all will be considered enemies of the country.
As controversial as John F. Kennedy may have been, he was a duly elected president, duly elected by the constituents of this great nation. Cape Canaveral was renamed Cape Kennedy in honor of him, after the assassination, but then it reverted back to its original name.
John Wayne was a famous actor, a well-known entertainer that someone had the idea of naming the Orange County Airport after, but now after who knows how many years, someone wants to strip the airport of the John Wayne name.
Here, in Nevada, socialists such as Tim Segablom will try to force corrupt politicians like Harry Reid on the community while forcing his name on the local airport.
Harry Reid is as corrupt as Pat McCarran may or may not have been, so why strip the airport of McCarran’s name to name it after another fellow as corrupt as McCarran?
If county commissioner Tim Segablom has the urge to kiss Harry Reid’s butt, he can do it in some other way but not with the most visited airport in the nation.
The best thing to do is what this newspaper has been advocating for many years: do not name any school, airport, park, or any other building after a living human being to reduce conflict.
Democrat Senator Floyd Lamb had a park named after him for all the good things he did for our community; but later he went to prison and then after that, someone wanted to strip the park of the name of Floyd Lamb.
Floyd Lamb was a good Nevadan, a good elected official who served the community regardless of anyone’s party affiliation, race or sexual orientation, but just because he made a mistake — and he paid the consequences — we have to forget all the good he had done?
According to the new revolutionaries we have to forget all the good that our past has given the country.
That is why we have to enjoy this 4th of July because perhaps next Independence Day we will have to honor people with criminal records, people that pass funny twenty dollar bills, and people that do not respect the American flag — if we still have an American flag.
Happy 4th of July, America!