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We hold these truths to be self-evident.

Happy July 4th to all US readers!

Set off some of those illegal (in various states) fireworks!

And that’s from a perfidious Brit. I reckon it’s fare to say we all buried the young general Washington’s “little mashie” some time ago…

Well most of us did.


  1. RAB says:

    Happy Birthday America! My favorite place and people on Earth.

    If you go down to Socialism, the rest of us might as well shoot ourselves, you are the only slight hope left.

  2. Roue le Jour says:

    I share that sentiment, RAB. Nonetheless, I must believe there is such a thing as ‘post-Socialism’, even though I doubt I’ll live to see it.

  3. Laird says:

    Thanks for all the nice thoughts. I wish we deserved them.

    What is almost completely forgotten is that on this holiday we celebrate outright treason. We celebrate the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution (which wasn’t ratified until 13 years later) and certainly not what our government has become. The signers literally pledged their “lives, fortunes and sacred honor”; they were British subjects who were in open rebellion against their lawful sovereign and would have been (quite properly) hanged if they had lost. And they all knew it.

    They believed that their government was committing terrible wrongs, some of which were itemized in the Declaration of Independence. And they also believed that when people’s own government is engaged in persistent wrongdoing it is up the citizenry to take a stand against it. Which, as we all know, they did, and at a very high personal cost to many of them.

    How many of that litany of abuses is our own government perpetrating today? A sample:

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

    “He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

    “He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

    “He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation.”

    Are the American people going to awaken to the monster that our government has become? And even if so, do we have the stomach to oppose it, to demand the restoration of our historical freedoms, the dismantling of substantial portions of the governmental apparatus, and the devolution of power to the states, knowing that we’ll be branded “traitors” and worse for doing so? I fear not. I fear that we are being inexorably sucked down the drain into socialism, and ultimately totalitarianism, and we will be powerless to resist. The prospects are not good.

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