FERS Disability Retirement: 4th of July, 2022

A “demarcation day” is important for every nation — that date of national identification; of a time when the nation’s birth is first recognized.  We moderns can only imagine what the Founding Fathers went through — of declaring independence from the greatest power on earth; of an uncertain future; of an uncertain war.  Countries were once bounded by borders certain; today, it is not borders which define a nation, but rather, ideas, opinions and beliefs.

Thus, in America today, the physical borders no longer define our nation; rather, it is the disputatious character about our history, politics and cultural self-image which formulates our national definition.  Is this a good thing?  Is it a positive thing that disaffected and fractious groups look defiantly upon the 4th of July?

Perhaps — or not; but one thing is certain: in America, we can dispute and freely engage in speech which voices a thousand different opinions without fear of imprisonment, and that alone was something which the 4th of July remains as a symptoms of freedom and liberty.  And, moreover, we all have an extra day to enjoy the family gatherings, the small parades, the waving of flags and setting off of fireworks.

In the end, however each family celebrates this blessed 4th of July, 2022, we can at least enjoy the brief respite from the toils of everyday life.

Happy 4th of July, 2022!

Sincerely,

Robert R. McGill, Esquire

 

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