Dictionary.com goes on to say independence is "freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, from others."
As the mother of four daughters, I can relate to that, for each one was born so independent diaper changes became a tug of war, with Mom usually on the losing end. Two fought like banshees to keep me from changing their diapers. One flat out refused to hold my hand crossing the street. Each refused help climbing into a car seat and proclaimed some form of "Me do," as she settled in with a delighted smile.
Independence means many things: Self Government. Sovereignty. Freedom.
Had I birthed sons, I can easily envision them growing up and bearing arms to maintain this country's sovereignty just as the Army of the Revolution did in the War of 1812. Once they'd tasted freedom, those soldiers could no longer stomach the thought of oppression.
So why is it so many descendents of those soldiers no longer bother going to the polls? The foreign born lucky enough to legally immigrate to this country can not wait to earn their citizenship and be allowed to vote, while many of those born here don't bother to vote. Is it because they've never had to stand in line at polling places where men with guns watched their every move? Or is it because this country bestows so much freedom on its citizens they've forgotten what it's like to have those freedoms denied?
God willing, the citizens of this great country will never again lose our hard-earned freedom, but it will take every one of us speaking up for what we believe is right and casting our votes on election day to maintain our independence.