"What to the Slave is the 4th of July?"
One of the most notable US abolitionists, Douglass was an outspoken advocate for the rights and liberties of African Americans who, at that time, had very little rights and liberties to speak of. Times have changed much, but still his question holds much weight in our current socio-econo-cultural context.
It is certainly worth thinking about on a day like today and I would add the following questions to consider, from multiple perspectives (take 'em one at a time, lest your head expode). Politically, economically, spiritually -
ARE we, as US-ians, truly free?
If we are NOT free, then who or what oppresses us and how can we break free from the shackles?
If we ARE free, then whence do we derive that freedom and to whom (or what) do we owe our thanks and allegiance?