I've always considered that one of the best things anyone can do in a civic-minded way each year on Independence Day is to re-read the Declaration of Independence... specifically the enumerated offenses by the Crown against the Colonies. That still holds true, but here's a little special something to think about for the 4th of July this year:
Attributed to Benjamin Franklin, 1787 ~ "A Republic, if you can keep it."
There's some keeping to be doing, fellows. Best get to it.