The Fourth of July is here and all Americans hopefully will embrace the day without fear, with total liberation and the American spirit.

On Sunday night, June 23, Nik and Lijana Wallenda, in crazy, outlandish, courage, extreme athleticism and faith loudly proclaimed the American spirit — pursuing life and overcoming fear.

Of course, it is sometimes easier said than done.

Walking a 1,300-foot high wire 25 stories above Times Square in New York City, they talked, sang, praised Jesus and made the palms sweat of millions of Americans who were frozen to their televisions.

They did what I would never even consider. My initial reaction to their wire walking was, “These people are crazy.”

However, the Wallendas are super-talented, phenomenal athletes who looked like Marvel comic super-humans as they wire-walked with mega-million-dollar billboards lit up behind them.

I can’t imagine the strength, rehearsal and nerve it took for such an accomplishment. I understand walking across an active volcano is their next goal.

Again, it sounds crazy to me — but hey, go for it, and I’m sure I’ll be watching with sweaty palms.

The Wallendas’ message to the world is overcoming fear. Lijana suffered from multiple injuries from another high-wire act where her family fell, that has been replayed on television numerous times.

Her brother, Nik, worried if she would ever be able to try another high-wire effort again. Before the world, she overcame her fear, proclaimed her faith in God and did what most no one else could ever imagine even trying.

Most of us cannot imagine what was going through the minds of 56 men on July 4, 1776, when they met in Philadelphia to pass a resolution declaring their independence from England.

There was fear of what lay ahead, and what they did that day would cost them greatly in the years to come.

However, they overcame their fear, moved forward and their new way of thinking about government would change the course of human history.

Visit almost any cemetery in America and you’ll find grave markers of American soldiers who faced cruel enemies on battlefields around the world.

Heroically, they embraced and put aside their fear to fight and die for you and me. They are the true American heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and embodied the American Spirit.

This Thursday, let’s be encouraged by the Wallendas. We live in a free country where we have the freedom to try and even do the impossible.

If fear is holding you back, it’s part of the normal process of living and trying. Our forefather’s paved the way, and millions of brave Americans have maintained the real spirit of America.


GLENN MOLLETTE, Ph.D., is the author of 12 books. His syndicated column is read in all 50 states. His email address is

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