Independence day

From our Declaration of Independence:

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 of 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.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

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They fought for our freedom.

I celebrate that today.

This was better

Brutus

12 Responses to Independence day

  1. Tom Busch says:

    Unless you were poor, black, Native American or any other minority, of low social status or a woman. Otherwise things are hunky dory. Pretty piece of rhetoric. But mostly full of shit. If King George wasn’t mostly insane and fighting the French we’d still be talking with British accents. We have to abandon our sclerotic shibboleths, belief systems and totems. The are slowly killing us one holiday at a time. Don’t forget to put your rented flags up.

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  2. John Dungan says:

    So, what, exactly, is your point, Tom Busch?

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    • Tom Busch says:

      Just food for thought about the genesis of the American myth. That there’s a huge gulf between who we think we are and our actions. I want you to have a pleasant day. Don’t give this much thought if it disturbs you. Drink beer. It’s a holiday

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  3. Hanging up my Made in China Flag says:

    The thing about great speeches is that their words live forever. Take for instance Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” speech in which he said:

    “But such is not the state of the case. I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn…”

    —Frederick Douglass, July 5, 1852

    His words read almost 150 years ago ring as true today as they did then, even though he spoke of slavery. We do not have life liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all. This blog is proof of that. The rich live a completely different life than the poor. Even in our fair city the rules for one group are not the same as another. We imprison people trying to come to ur land to achieve those goals. We shoot black people just for being black. We allow the slaughter of children and do nothing about it. Frederick Douglass could have given that speech yesterday and it would still have the same meaning.

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  4. Going to the Casino says:

    I wonder if Native Americans celebrate how America bestowed the inalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness?

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    • ANONYMOUS ! ! ! says:

      l don’t see why not. l mean virtually no one really celebrates 7/4 anyway. We’re all just going to indulge ourselves with overly processed meat on a bun – hopefully with a “healthy” slab of Dijon. Then we’re going to watch 30 minutes of stuff exploding in the sky while we’re reaching for another beer. And then on the way home, we’re going to slow down as we get closer towards that restaurant, debating whether or not we should stop in for a slice of pie before going to bed.

      Now l’ll be serious by saying that N.A.s would be best off not wallowing in self pity by feeding their psyches that they’re still victims because of some evil, horrific thing that happened eons ago. But instead, come on in and join in our 21st century reindeer games. We’d love to have ya. Despite what MSNBC tells you, half the nation isn’t racist while the other half is trans gendered. What would a racist, trans gendered person look like? Would they be wearing a rainbow-colored KKK outfit? Never mind.

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      • archaic578 says:

        That horrific thing did not just happen eons ago, it is continuing today. Please do a little research on what’s happening in our Native communities and on reservations. https://www.fcnl.org/about/policy/issues/native-americans

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      • anonymous says:

        Despite what Fox tells you, bigotry and racism are alive and well in the United States of America. Never mind, you already know that.

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        • ANONYMOUS ! ! ! says:

          Actually, I only watch a microscopic amount of Fox. lf you can point out where all of this bigotry and racism is then l might take you seriously. And as far as the first gentleman goes: l didn’t feel the need to do any research because l lived next to it. l lived in Minnesota (Indian country) for 13 years. l can’t remember any problems. The only thing l remember was my N.A. friend (No, he didn’t live on a res. l guess he wanted a better life for himself ) was getting closer to graduating from U. of M. while l remained a lazy clown. Now if you gents will excuse me, l believe my beer is getting cold.

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    • JerryK says:

      Our family had a lake home in Wisconsin on the Menominee Indian reservation for many years. There was an enterprising Menominee named Sonny Moses who owned a gas station/bait shop/general store there. He had a sign over the counter that said: BEFORE THE WHITE MAN CAME TO AMERICA, INDIANS RAN IT. NO DEBT, NO TAXES AND THE WOMEN DID THE WORK. THE WHITE MAN THOUGHT HE COULD IMPROVE THIS SYSTEM.

      You, rocked, Sonny.

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  5. archaic578 says:

    That word Happiness spelled with a capital H has always given me pause. What did that word mean to them in that time and place? Possibly something different than it means to us today. Why chose that word rather than a whole range of other possibilities. One can’t be happy without safety and security, one can’t be happy without the freedom to choose how to live one’s life. One can’t be happy enslaved or in a holding cell with no idea when you will be let out, one can’t be happy not knowing when your next meal will be or a safe place to spend the night. Yes, we are far short of the opportunity for all to pursue Happiness that the Declaration declared a God-given right. Our job now is to keep working at it and keep working at it with and for everyone who doesn’t have it yet.

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