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The United States of America turns 236, and it all started with this:

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

In the Declaration, read the list of complaints against the King. This one sure sounds familiar:

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

I was just writing about this kind of thing yesterday.

Or this one:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

Obamacare
, anybody?

Not to be a downer on Independence Day, but this country needs a renewed focus on its founding principles so that the sacrifices made for its formation and subsequent security don’t end up being in vain.

The White House website is wishing everybody a happy Independence Day, which is refreshing considering they spend the other 364 days a year pushing dependence.

Now the positive part. In closing, God bless the United States Armed Services for being there to secure this great nation every step of the way during those 236 years. They’ve helped win and maintain freedom not only for America, but for many other countries as well.

The left is, as always, keeping it classy. Wasn’t the coronation of Obama supposed to bring about a newfound love of country among these idiots?

Inaccurate Independence Day Fun Fact: After everyone had signed the Declaration, John Hancock, the first to sign, looked at all the smaller signatures and said to the rest of the Continental Congress, “thanks for making me look like an arrogant ass!”

I hope you enjoyed my most disjointed 4th of July post ever. Later tonight I’ll be lighting off fireworks (seabirds be damned) and hopefully waking up Thursday with ten fingers intact.

Update: Good video from the Romney campaign, by way of The Right Scoop:

Comments

11 Responses to “Happy Independence Day!”

  1. backwoodsconsr on July 4th, 2012 1:08 pm

    Here's a bit of inspiration for you on this special day, courtesy of Kingsjester.
    http://kingsjester.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/kjs-s

  2. clu seatoe on July 4th, 2012 2:20 pm

    “For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent”

    Zero’s economists can see that the tax ‘bell curve’ of the middle class has not yet reached its apex.

    Nor has the intelligence ‘horizontal (and sometimes seemingly dipping below the horizon) curve’ of those who, after four years of daily evidence, believe the beneficiaries to be themselves and not Zero and his cronies.

    Nor has the ‘arrogance curve’ of the 1% who thinks ‘it’s not going to affect me.’

  3. SignPainterGuy on July 4th, 2012 3:24 pm

    Happy Independence Day to everyone here and I hope all have a safe, fun, peaceful and memorable 4th of July !

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA !!

    My local paper, a Times-Gannett-USA Today congommeration, printed the Declaration of Independence in full today …….. on the "Opinion" page, Section II. No editorializing, nothing added for inspiration or reflection. "Remembering Andy" got front page prominence though, with an additional bonus of "Obama Speaks Fondly of Griffith`s Career". Priororities, folks, priororities !

  4. jeffythequick on July 4th, 2012 5:53 pm

    I umm want to err uhhh thank Andy Griffin for err uhhh being a shill I mean spokesman for the uhhh Affordable Care Tax… Act. He was umm a great American umm err uhhh that showed ummm some other thingamajigs too.

  5. clu seatoe on July 4th, 2012 6:45 pm

    At this time Fox News.com has the only 4th of July article on the site on the “opinion” page as well.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/07/04/july-4-

  6. SignPainterGuy on July 4th, 2012 7:50 pm

    At least the FOX article belongs there; it`s a great story and contains PJ,jr`s opinion of what it means; AC-T`s posting is without opinion or elaboration, just a political cartoonist`s drawing of a saluting Uncle Sam, a bomb bursting in air and a faint image of our flag`s stripes.

    I`m saying, it deserves its own spot on a page that`s neither Opinion, nor Editorial, instead of taking half the Opinion Page ! I`ve learned not to expect this paper to be genuinely patriotic.

    BTW, clu, thanks for linking to the story; it was an interesting read. I like how Mrs. Johnson put the vet at ease and gave honor to him and others who served, as well as giving relevance to their service.

  7. SignPainterGuy on July 4th, 2012 7:55 pm

    Fascinating; you know what`s in the story and didn`t even see it ! BWC was right, "Quick" is deserved ! ;-)

  8. Marshall_Will on July 4th, 2012 8:12 pm

    Nor the 'beneficiary curve' of those in public employ that are still net-net UP in the game!, nor the 60's hippie holdouts on the 'longevity curve' figuring they'll rake in what entitlements they can and will be long DEAD when "the really heavy stuff starts coming down man"..?

    Yeah the list goes on. In my exchange w/ Truesoldier the other day I noted even before O'DramaCare both WA & OR had instituted taxes on hybrid veh. owners since they weren't paying their "Fair Share" (TM) at the pump! So Happy 4th of July all… they've already popped our cherry on THAT one!?

    Must say, like not being Jewish or not being Black, we didn't give a RIP about the corn-holing AlGore kisser-uppers were taking? We need to see if we can go thru the DMV registrations or find another way to reach out to them and/or publicize this as much as possible.

  9. HopenChange_Blows on July 4th, 2012 10:40 pm

    We need a renewed focus indeed Doug. And either we achieve that asap, or we lose our republic. We have no time to lose anymore. We're falling down hard here currently.

  10. clu seatoe on July 4th, 2012 11:23 pm

    ‘"Fair Share" at the pump’

    It can now be seen. The ‘FAIR SHARE’ tax.

    On the healthy for keeping themselves so.
    On the non-smoker for being a so.
    On the public transit user and the bicycle user for being so.
    On the utilities consumer for cutting back.
    On the estate of those who die young for not living longer and paying a lifetime of income tax.
    Etc., etc., etc. ad nauseum.

  11. Marshall_Will on July 5th, 2012 12:33 pm

    As clients have pointed OUT to me over the years; having been reasonably healthy and refraining from too much boozing, chain smoking and taking drugs/designer drugs, they paid into MediCare all those years and get NOTHING out of it!?

    If the system truly were fair, your heirs would get either a credit or CASH upon your departure. Study after study has shown that for the most part, those that are healthy ( typically REMAIN so! )

    To wit; if you were not a chain smoker, doper etc., chances are highly unlikely you'll indulge that in later stages of life. So if you live until 90+, take care of yourself and then DIE one day in your sleep without ever having set FOOT in a hospital, you're getting screwed.

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