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:
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: