Tag: Independence Day

Happy Fourth

240 years of freedom*. Happy Birthday, America.

(*Note: “Freedom” does not apply to cigarettes, alcohol, sex work, guns, “hate speech”, insensitivity, salt, sugar, fat, raising children, education, farming, catering, baking, self-incrimination, privacy, papers and persons, driving, hiking, boating, fishing, hunting, flying and anything else we think of that should be banned or regulated for your own good.

It does however, include the freedom to pay for sports stadiums, drug wars, prisons, TSA beatdowns of disabled teenagers, SWAT raids, corporate welfare, “alternative energy”, bullet train boondoggles and faux FBI investigations.)

Declaration of Dependence

I hope you guys had a good Fourth yesterday. Knowing the readership of this blog, I’m sure you were well aware of the significance of the date and what it really means. What struck me last night, as I thought about it, is how little independence actually remains to us and how great an ongoing effort there is — cheered by various pundits — to squash what independence remains to us. In the world of the progressives (and some neocons) we would:

No longer have the independence to choose what we eat and drink. Our sugar and fat intake would be restricted or taxed heavily.

No longer have what little independence we have to choose our schools. Home schooling and private schools would be regulated like the public schools.

No longer have the independence to choose our healthcare or our retirement. Social Security would be expanded and single payer healthcare implemented, funded with taxes on wealth.

No longer have the independence to speak, thanks to speech codes and anti-hate-speech laws.

No longer have the independence of religion or conscience. For example, we could be fined $135,000 for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding, even thought we are not a public accommodation.

No longer have the independence of free press. Campaigns would be publicly financed; films like “Hillary: the Movie” would be illegal to show before an election and laws like SOPA would tightly control what we put on the internet. Not to mention “the right to be forgotten” and a crackdown on anonymous posting and commenting (see the federal investigation into Reason’s commenters). Hell, you might even find reporters happily submitting to being roped off like sheep and asking only milquetoast questions of a major Presidential candidate.

No longer have freedom of association. For example, we would be forced to do “volunteer” work to finish publish schooling.

Trial by jury, innocent until proven guilty, right to council … these would be outdated concepts. Our college campuses would be but testbeds for the legal regime they would like to impose on us. And entire communities, including poor ones, would be turned upside down and vigorously shaken to pry revenue from them.

We would live in a police state where the government has unlimited authority to spy on us, arrest us, detain us and harass us.

And that’s just the beginning.

Robert Heinlein famously said: “Political tags – such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth – are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.” We are overrun with the former. And the latter had better get their shit together.

Monday Music Mixer, Patriot Edition

No guessing about the theme for this week, bring us your Independence Day tunes, but points are awarded for creativity. Music about a new beginning, pursuit of freedom, even some monarch bashing, all applicable for today’s festivities.

Leading off to get you in the mood:

Something from my youth that speaks about a nation struggling with it’s values:

Something about our integrity and the spirit of equality:

And lastly, the world has much to offer, but there really is no place like home:

So put down that beer can, your Cabernet has time to decant, release that bouquet and give us some celebratory music, something that says ,”Hot damn, this really is the best place on earth”.

A Miracle, Indeed

Tomorrow we celebrate a declaration of severed ties between a sovereign King and the lawful subjects of that King, a document that dissolves all political allegiance and makes plain the intent of these ex subjects to go their own way. Here is the meat and potatoes section of the DOI:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

The common sense of the subject, articulated in terms so plain, so obvious, and rudimentary to any thinking person that it commands assent, here is Jefferson at his best. The people cede power to the government to govern, but with certain conditions, those being that the ruling body be beneficial and not destructive to it’s citizens.

When one endeavors even a cursory study of the American Revolution it becomes obvious that it took not just one miracle, but many, to make it happen. It is chilling when one considers all the events, moments when the patriot cause teetered on the brink of disaster, only to be resurrected by the most unlikely accidents or coincidences by the most unlikely of ordinary men:

Hancock and Adams not captured at Lexington.

John Stark, a Colonel of the New Hampshire regiment , without orders, fortifies an isolated beach at Bunker Hill, realizing that the entire American Army could be flanked from this position, a battle ensues on that beach and NH sharp shooters hold their position defeating the greatest army in the world, and causing it to perform a frontal assault on the main body, causing grievous casualties.

Washington, acquiescing to his generals who talk him out of attacking Boston in 1776, he later learns after they abandon the town, that the British defenses there were sufficient enough to have wiped out his entire army.

Washington’s army is trapped on the Brooklyn Heights , no way out, Lord Howe, knowing that the Americans could not escape, rests his men for the decisive battle to end the war in the morning. A mysterious fog, not seen in that area in memory, envelopes the area allowing Washington to move his troops to Manhattan undetected. Howe attacks in the morning but no American Army is there to be defeated.

General Benedict Arnold disobeys a direct order and saves the day at Saratoga, France would certainly have remained neutral in things had gone the other way.

The caprices of weather assure American Victory at Yorktown, a storm prevented a rescue fleet from sailing out of New York harbor, and another storm the prevented the escape of the British across the York River, how different would the outcome of the revolution have been if the British escaped?

Even personalities played a major roll, from the feuding British commanders that did everything in their power to not cooperate and inhibit the other’s success, to Washington himself surviving numerous Congressional moves to have him removed, replaced by General Gates.

Considering how dis organized, impoverished, outmanned, out generaled, out supplied, and under trained The American fighting force was, going up against not only the richest, considered the finest army in the world who could buy mercenaries, who ruled the oceans and could bottle up our harbors, who could move whole armies at will by sail, it really makes no sense how things ended up the way they did.

Tomorrow is a day of flag waving, of drinking some good Kentucky bourbon, barbequing, and maybe a little reflection on how lucky we are. No doubt most people have a love of their mother land, but this post is particular to America since, well, it is July 4th.

I’ll wrap this up with some Lee Greenwood, he speaks for me:

Liberal bias clouds the mind..

And that’s precisely what’s at work when the idiots at Harvard make ludicrous and idiotic claims like this one here:

Democratic political candidates can skip this weekend’s July 4th parades. A new Harvard University study finds that July 4th parades energize only Republicans, turn kids into Republicans, and help to boost the GOP turnout of adults on Election Day.

“Fourth of July celebrations in the United States shape the nation’s political landscape by forming beliefs and increasing participation, primarily in favor of the Republican Party,” said the report from Harvard.

“The political right has been more successful in appropriating American patriotism and its symbols during the 20th century. Survey evidence also confirms that Republicans consider themselves more patriotic than Democrats. According to this interpretation, there is a political congruence between the patriotism promoted on Fourth of July and the values associated with the Republican party. Fourth of July celebrations in Republican dominated counties may thus be more politically biased events that socialize children into Republicans,” write Harvard Kennedy School Assistant Professor David Yanagizawa-Drott and Bocconi University Assistant Professor Andreas Madestam.

These morons are not even smart enough to understand that they find people that actually celebrate the 4th of July and take it seriously tend to lean right because the left has basically spent the last few decades making a mockery of both the country and those that are patriotic. It’s just another case of the self fulfilling and reverse problem we see with the massive over representation of and left leaning bias in media and soft academia which have “selected” out those whose ideology they don’t like.

Seriously, if you feel America is a shithole, replete with injustices based on the poor victim’s race, gender, sexual orientation, lack of the “right” morals, and is the reason the world isn’t united and singing Kumbaya all the time, you are not going to feel any interest or obligation to celebrate the 4th of July. Why would you want to celebrate something you don’t agree with or approve of? Especially along with those “evil fright-wingers” that thing America is actually exceptional, while not perfect has done by far the most good for the world compared to any other super power in human history, and that the celebration is about showing your pride and joy of being lucky enough to be an American. No, what you conclude is that 4th of July celebrations are just gatherings of the people you hate.

These idiots are the one that get to make parents spend upwards of $150K for a useless soft degree that leaves you barely qualified to query people at the drive thru if they would like fries with their order. No wonder they can say dumb shit like this and get a large swat of the morons to think they make sense. This just more of the stupid that thinks patriotism is thinking America is a bad place.