It’s July 4th. It’s “Independence Day” in the United States. What is it? On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence to announce the colonies’ separation from the Kingdom of Great Britain, the Library of Congress says.

Today, I will not be celebrating.

I’m a veteran of the United States Army and I swore an oath to defend this country from all enemies. Foreign and Domestic. When the rights of 147 million people are stripped away by a corrupt Supreme Court, I cannot celebrate a holiday symbolizing “freedom”. That also includes my daughters’ rights. And mine.

This is how the Supreme Court and the GOP see us.

As tools.

Once they served their purpose, they’re discarded. I’m of course speaking of women, other people with uteruses, and the LGBTQIA+ community. Let’s throw in veterans of all statuses while we’re at it.

There’s nothing “free” about this country when we are more divided than before.

Today, I’ll be spending quality time with my daughter.