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American freedom is slipping away

Out on a Limb
Ross L. Talbott
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Another July Fourth celebration has passed, and I am finally feeling rested after an intense weekend. It’s amazing how much work it is to have fun.

We started doing the big display in 1976 and haven’t missed a year since.

In my younger years growing up in the Palisade area, I remember the Palisade fire department shooting fireworks from our orchard overlooking the Colorado River south of town. They would spread the rounds out on a tarp on the ground to organize them.



One year a long delay ensued when a skunk appeared out of the bushes and spent considerable time walking through the fireworks and inspecting them. At the time, I didn’t realize that it was God giving us a prophetic look at government inspectors.

On another dark night my brother Lyle was backing away from a lighted fuse. He suddenly disappeared and we realized he had backed off the cliff. He landed on a brush pile and was uninjured, but we had a great laugh.



In the early ’50s the Ground Observer Corps parked a bus on that same location and manned it for several weeks anticipating a Russian invasion.

My how times have changed. Nowadays we have licenses and inspectors around every corner.

It’s a little incongruous when a young public servant comes around who has never fired large displays and lectures someone who has been successfully doing it for 34 years.

Getting a government title or pinning on a badge does not convey instant wisdom.

Each year that we celebrate American freedom won at a great price by our God-fearing ancestors, we realize it is slipping away at an increasing rate.

In the simple act of shooting celebratory fireworks we now must have an explosive storage license, an explosive handler’s license, a Fireworks Display Operators license, and a permit from an authorized authority all with annual fees and expenses. There is also required oversight by some public entity.

Oh, I almost forgot liability insurance.

This loss of personal responsibility and freedom is happening all across the board.

There is hardly a thing you can do anymore without permits and some form of government oversight.

Sort of like the critter wondering among the fireworks and sniffing everything. Try to stop them and you can really raise a stink. (Pun intended.)

The net result is that progress is incredibly slowed down, expenses are significantly increased, creativity and innovation are discouraged, and liability and legal expenses sky rocket.

The risk of any undertaking is significantly greater and the whole concept of consequences has been dramatically altered. Maybe we just need to rethink the terminology.

It seems we can justify killing unborn babies by calling it freedom of choice and create free medical and other benefits for an intrusive segment of society by calling them undocumented immigrants.

Maybe if I became an undocumented vehicle operator I could get free gasoline and maybe even help with insurance and car payments.

I just had a great idea. Let’s turn the fireworks into a religious service cursing and driving back the spirits of global warming.

It could become a tax-deductible entity and even get great support from the ski resorts.

Coming back to reality I am really grateful for this great country. I also have deep gratitude for those who have sacrificed in our military to give us what we have and to protect and preserve it.

We owe it to them to stop this political slide toward entitlement and socialism.

Fight for self-reliance and personal responsibility and freedom of opportunity.

II Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

It’s never too late.

Ross L. Talbott lives in New Castle.


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