Whether you ate barbecue, watched fireworks, enjoyed a vacation, or simply relaxed on your day off... yesterday, many of us celebrated Independence Day!
Of course you've heard the story that the Declaration of Independence was signed July 4, 1776 and declared a new nation [the United States of America] FREE from Great Britain.
Buuuuuuut as we celebrated, I questioned if we're really FREE...
Within the US:
Almost 8 million people (4.9%) are unemployed.
Nearly 1.1 million homes foreclosed in 2015.
Over 45 million people (14.5%) live in poverty.
Over 97 million people (33%) are low income (income twice below the poverty line).
One suicide occurs every 13 minutes and total over 40,000 suicides annually.
Almost 80% of suicides are males... the head of our households - WOW!
The annual murder rate increased by 9.4% in my home state, TN, to total 406 murders in 2015.
Top 5 causes of death are 1) abortion, 2) heart disease, 3) cancer, 4) tobacco, and 5) obesity. Can we prevent any of this by our lifestyle and/or eating decisions? Hummm.
1 in 3 unarmed black people were killed by police in 2015...
Just a few more recent cases... Dontre Hamilton who was diagnosed schizophrenia (31, WI), Eric Garner (43, NY), John Crawford (22, OH), Michael Brown (18, MO), Ezell Ford who was mentally ill (25, CA), Dante Parker (36, CA), Tanisha Anderson who was diagnosed bipolar and schizophrenia (37, OH), Akai Gurey (28, NY), Tamir Rice (12, OH), Rumain Brisbon (34, AZ), Jerame Reid (36, NJ), Tony Robinson (19, WI), Phillip White (32, NJ), Eric Harris (44, OK), Walter Scott (50, SC), and Freddie Gray (25, MD).
And looking abroad:
Unprecedented, repeated terrorist attacks within 30 days...
June 7th in Istanbul, Turkey killed 11
June 8th in Midyat, Turkey killed 3
June 30th in Istanbul, Turkey killed 42
July 2nd in Dhaka, Bangladesh killed 22 (included 3 US students)
July 3rd in Baghdad, Iraq killed 215
Are you starting to scratch your head in amazement, squint your eyes in disbelief, or hang your mouth open in disgust???
After digesting those facts and statistics, there's really not much left to say! But I encourage you to personally check these three critical areas to judge your FREEDOM...
Just because we're PHYSICALLY free doesn't automatically mean we're FREE!
Leave a comment below and share what FREE means to YOU! I can't wait to read your thoughts.
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