Happy Independence Day! – Remember, the revolution is ongoing

About 229 years ago, a people who were sick and tired of living under a faraway king’s laws, taxes and fruity-looking powdered wigs, sacrificed their lives, and in many cases, fortunes, and staged a daring fight for independence.

The fight for independence goes on, and now mostly against threats from within our own borders. This struggle needs to continue so that the Revolutionary War, and all it was fought for, doesn’t end up being just another failed experiment in history. America, Americans and the cause of freedom deserve better than to end up as an Edsel-style example in some social-studies class. Ensuring that this doesn’t happen will take time, patience, a huge plunger and a double-flush of the gigantic inside-the-beltway toilet.

Court decisions of late, such as the “eminent domain” case where private property rights were ruled non-existent so long as the community can take in more money if there’s a strip mall where your house is, are reminders that the battle for independence wasn’t over in 1776… it was only the beginning.

Taxation, one of the reasons there was a revolution in the first place, is another thing to watch. In his book, “Democracy in America,” written in the 1830s, French traveler and writer Alexis de Tocqueville said, most likely in a highly pompous tone, that democracy “can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse out of the public treasury.”

Oh, how we’ve discovered it.

How much longer we stick around depends upon our willingness to stage another revolution. Fortunately, I think we’re still at the point where this “revolution” can be staged at the voting booth… except for southern Florida, who may someday intend to start a revolution and only end up accidentally voting for Buchanan.

We also could use a new revolution against teachers who fill the heads of kids with mindless leftist fecal remnants disguised as “progressive thinking,” leaving any student blind enough to believe them with the only career option of being a college professor. This travesty foists tons of “widget anthropology” majors upon the nation yearly to do nothing but whine about the poor job market, discover that it’s tough to get a date when you’re 34 years old and still live in your parents’ basement, and help fulfill de Tocqueville’s prophecy as to what would cause the extinction of democracy (or, more accurately, our “constitutional republic”).

Take in the parades and fireworks today, thank those who help keep us free, and ponder those who would take that away and realize that the revolution is never over. It also can’t hurt to read the Declaration of Independence, either.

Monday's column: Bringing capitalism to Africa doesn't involve Madonna singing "Like a Prayer"

The Live8 concerts, which are trying to convince G8 countries to devote a greater percentage of their GNP to African aid, concluded Saturday afternoon. The first thing I noticed from post performance interviews was that a lot of starving egos seemed to have been fed, but was anything else accomplished? Read my attempt to answer that question, along with what Africa really needs, here.

By the way, I’ve heard from a couple of people concerning the opening line about Oprah believing that she’s a Zulu. Some thought that was a joke. It wasn’t.

It was a joke, however, to Zulu leader Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who has basically replied to Oprah’s “I’m a Zulu” by saying “No you’re not!”

Seems like the Prince would have held off on breaking this news to Oprah at least until after she built a new multi-million dollar Zulu Rec Center or something like that.

Monday’s column: Bringing capitalism to Africa doesn’t involve Madonna singing “Like a Prayer”

The Live8 concerts, which are trying to convince G8 countries to devote a greater percentage of their GNP to African aid, concluded Saturday afternoon. The first thing I noticed from post performance interviews was that a lot of starving egos seemed to have been fed, but was anything else accomplished? Read my attempt to answer that question, along with what Africa really needs, here.

By the way, I’ve heard from a couple of people concerning the opening line about Oprah believing that she’s a Zulu. Some thought that was a joke. It wasn’t.

It was a joke, however, to Zulu leader Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who has basically replied to Oprah’s “I’m a Zulu” by saying “No you’re not!”

Seems like the Prince would have held off on breaking this news to Oprah at least until after she built a new multi-million dollar Zulu Rec Center or something like that.

Live8's funniest moment

The Live8 concerts are now history. I’m working on a column about it for Monday, but until then, I wanted to share a picture of the performer who had the best look of the day.

That award has to go to Michael Stipe, REM’s singer. Michael looked like his tour bus suffered a head-on collision with the Blue Man Group just before taking the stage– either that or there was some sort of bizarre Ty-D-Bol accident:

Live8’s funniest moment

The Live8 concerts are now history. I’m working on a column about it for Monday, but until then, I wanted to share a picture of the performer who had the best look of the day.

That award has to go to Michael Stipe, REM’s singer. Michael looked like his tour bus suffered a head-on collision with the Blue Man Group just before taking the stage– either that or there was some sort of bizarre Ty-D-Bol accident:

Ted Kennedy's Freudian inability to say "proliferation" out-funnied by the head usher at the theater of the absurd, Barbara Boxer

Laura Ingraham played a clip the other day of Ted Kennedy trying to speak, and fumbling like a Detroit Lion after eating a bucket of KFC. As usual, when you see any Ted Kennedy speech on C-Span, you find yourself pushing the “SAP” button on your remote and hope it’s able to translate, but this slip-up is particularly curious.

The text of Ted’s attempt is on Laura’s website. Here’s what Ted said:

This action contradicts the spirit of our obligations under the
nonproliferation….nonprorifelat…..er, Nuclear Non-Prolifablah!

It occurred to me that, this time, it isn’t just the Chivas talking… it’s just that Ted is genetically incapable of saying any word that begins with “prolife”. Keep trying, Ted!
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Speaking of sadly hilarious pro-abortionists, get this one. The senate has voted to ban EPA pesticide tests on humans. Hold on to your gag reflex, folks… here’s why:

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who proposed the measure as part of the spending bill that funded the EPA, said it would protect children and pregnant women from being exposed to toxins without adequate controls or review.

Unfortunately, the babies will still be exposed to Barbara Boxer and her pro abortionist alleged do-gooder buddies– all of whom are greater fetal toxins than have ever been put out by all the chemical companies combined.

Ripping the arms and legs off a fetus with an iron hook is a “very personal choice that every woman must make”, but spray Roundup anywhere near that woman and you’ll go to jail, you inhumane bastard!

What a joke.

Ted Kennedy’s Freudian inability to say “proliferation” out-funnied by the head usher at the theater of the absurd, Barbara Boxer

Laura Ingraham played a clip the other day of Ted Kennedy trying to speak, and fumbling like a Detroit Lion after eating a bucket of KFC. As usual, when you see any Ted Kennedy speech on C-Span, you find yourself pushing the “SAP” button on your remote and hope it’s able to translate, but this slip-up is particularly curious.

The text of Ted’s attempt is on Laura’s website. Here’s what Ted said:

This action contradicts the spirit of our obligations under the
nonproliferation….nonprorifelat…..er, Nuclear Non-Prolifablah!

It occurred to me that, this time, it isn’t just the Chivas talking… it’s just that Ted is genetically incapable of saying any word that begins with “prolife”. Keep trying, Ted!
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Speaking of sadly hilarious pro-abortionists, get this one. The senate has voted to ban EPA pesticide tests on humans. Hold on to your gag reflex, folks… here’s why:

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who proposed the measure as part of the spending bill that funded the EPA, said it would protect children and pregnant women from being exposed to toxins without adequate controls or review.

Unfortunately, the babies will still be exposed to Barbara Boxer and her pro abortionist alleged do-gooder buddies– all of whom are greater fetal toxins than have ever been put out by all the chemical companies combined.

Ripping the arms and legs off a fetus with an iron hook is a “very personal choice that every woman must make”, but spray Roundup anywhere near that woman and you’ll go to jail, you inhumane bastard!

What a joke.