The Real Meaning of Independence Day


It’s Friday, July 4, 2014, and Americans everywhere are firing up their grills and pulling out their stockpiles of technicolor ordnance to celebrate Independence Day. For most, eating too much meat and watching fireworks with the kids is about as far as this celebration will go. And most will never really consider what we are celebrating.

Yesterday, I was at a fireworks display with my kids, and the announcer said today was all about being thankful for the armed forces—for those people who were willing to die to protect our freedoms. I thought that was Memorial Day. Or Veteran’s Day. Unless you count WWII, no one has spilled blood to protect my constitutional freedoms since Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appommatox. Drone killing “suspected” terrorists along with innocent civilians, propping up (or toppling) foreign dictators, and providing firepower for UN coalitions doesn’t count in my book.

In the 18th century, Independence Day commemorated an act of extraordinary courage. Against overwhelming odds, a loosely connected group of colonial governments decided to band together against the greatest empire in the world. We know how the story ended, but they didn’t. By all outward appearances, they had every assurance of failure. A modern-day parallel would be a few pre-industrial third-world countries coming together and declaring war on the United States.

And the craziest thing about it all is that the colonies actually won. They won because they refused to bend their principles to pragmatism. They refused to give up their convictions. They refused to allow fear and security to trump faith and freedom. And these weren’t just buzzwords for ’Merica then. These men and women died for these ideas.

And what’s left of that patriotic fire? We submit gladly to much heavier taxes and exceedingly more tyrannical intrusions from our civil authorities. We bicker about Republicans and Democrats being in office when the entirety of Washington is bent on our subjugation. So much of what was going on in 1776 is occurring again on this same soil. And those who once bled to rid this land of tyranny are in jeopardy of having died in vain while we sheep-like feed on the panem et circenses of bratwursts and fireworks.

I encourage you to read the Declaration of Independence today. But recognize the condition we are in. We don’t have a single enemy like our forefathers did. They could send their grievances to one man—King George. We have more than just one man to blame. Obama may have taken to himself some monarchial powers, but the fact is that Washington, DC now plays the part of King George. Consider just a few of the grievances of the original American patriots, and consider how the whole of our civil government is now repeating those grievances:

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. . . . He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people. . . . For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments: For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

These grievances are connected. The Federal Government refuses to allow states to rule their own citizens with laws confirmed by the citizens of those states. The Supreme Court regularly overturns local laws, federal bureaucracies routinely encroach on local law enforcement, and state and county governments—the people’s governments—have no real authority to represent the will of the actual people of this country. Local representatives have no say in how this country is governed. That is the worst form of “dissolved Representative Houses.” At least in the case of King George, he made the dissolution publicly apparent. We have it much worse because we are led to believe we actually retain local representative houses. But these are feckless titular bodies hollowed out of any real power.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

The GOP and DNC have rigged the electoral system to maintain power without the consent of the governed. One of the major ways they do this is to hold delegate conventions at locations that are not publicly disclosed, or by changing the venue for delegation conventions when the victory of the mainstream favorite is in question. By maintaining complete control over who is on the ballot, the GOP and DNC have disfigured the American democratic process and called the legitimacy of the sitting government into question.

Furthermore, the federal government “fatigues us into compliance” by making the process of petition and redress impossibly convoluted. They have created a virtual distance that is unusual and uncomfortable.

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

Wow. Do you really need any application for this grievance? Whatever Offices King George may have erected, he’s got nothing on the current federal government.

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

The entirety of our massive standing army—including the purportedly state-controlled National Guard—is under the direct control of the Federal government. Our local police are also becoming increasingly militarized—often through federal subsidies. The majority of states do not have a proper state militia. We are more vulnerable than our forefathers by far.

. . . 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 . . .

The United Nations is a perfect example of this today. There is no reason at all why we should be concerned at all with legislation the UN has created. But, alas, our civil authorities have “given assent to their acts of pretended legislation,” so we are bound to abide by it.

. . . For protecting [troops], by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

Brutality from the federally militarized police and the federal cronies for “homeland defense” regularly goes uninvestigated and unpunished.

. . . For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

Oh my. Since Obamacare has been called a tax, it is just the most recent and largest of taxes imposed on us without our consent. But the list is long and varied. In fact, our forefathers didn’t have to put up with anywhere near the kind of taxation we do.

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

Thanks to the pathetic provisions of the misnamed PATRIOT Act, you can be held without a trial and even without charges, tried by a military tribunal without being present at the trial, and subject to any number of abuses and intrusions … “legally.” Again, the founding fathers spilled their blood for far less than this.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us . . .

That is the nature of the false narratives of racism, sexism, and homophobia. These are nothing more than the excitations of domestic insurrection to continue thrusting this country into perpetual unrest. A divided country is much easier to rule.

And why are Americans so willing to put up with this prodigious list of abuses? The Founding Fathers had a reason for that as well:

. . . 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.1

As bad as things have gotten, this is what we are used to now. Like the proverbial frogs, we don’t even realize we’re nearly cooked. We don’t even think about it anymore.

But, even if you don’t think of it any other day, please consider it today: You have no independence left to celebrate. This Independence Day, like many that have preceded it, is a sham. We are all dependents on and subjects to a tyrannical government. But it may not be too late to recover what the Founding Fathers left to us. There may yet be enough of the original system left to retake the governance of this country from parasites and wastrels. But it will not be easy.

This Independence Day, consider the small band of men who signed their names to what amounted to a death warrant for the slim chance that they could live free for a few more months and possibly secure a free future for their children. They risked it all to secure liberty for themselves and their children. What you are willing to risk?







  1. This is uncannily similar to a phrase in Hamlet’s most famous soliloquy, and I would be surprised if Jefferson didn’t have it in mind: “makes us rather bear those ills we have, Than fly to others that we know not of.” []
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  • USAonlydotUS

    May the 4th be With You, today and everyday.

  • munkybiznus

    WOW!!! A Ron Paul Libertarian RANT……….

    • Sol_of_Texas

      Nothing wrong with that – it’s long overdue..

    • bigjet

      Rant I think not as for Paul Revere warned so does the real patriots of America.
      For those who eyes to see and ears to hear. See and know that the melting snow of winter and the small buds of green brings the coming spring.
      The patriot Abraham Lincoln once said:”“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

  • Carolyn Ferrante

    Even as few as 10 years ago this essay would have been considered hysteria. In our present time, it is speaking the frightening truth. We’re in trouble, fellow Americans!

    • munkybiznus

      6 months (if we have it ) can turn it around

      • Sol_of_Texas

        munky —

        Given the current state of corruption in the US governments (at all levels) I am dubious that 6 months is sufficient — more of the enablers in the middle class must fall before the threshold of pain is felt on a sufficient scale.

  • DetroitDom

    Michael – a very well-written piece. Thank you.

  • Sol_of_Texas

    Excellent! This morning I contemplated a line by line comparison of today’s grievances and those against King George – you’ve done well.

    I think you are also correct in your assessment of how the armed forces have been misused over the past 150 years to “defend our freedom”.

  • DenisetheCelt

    This decaying experiment is as far removed from the vision of the White Male Founders as it can be. We are no longer a country – we are a Slave population to the Internationalist Talmudic Tyrants of AIPAC. The blood victims of Wall Street, and the “Fed”. We are the scabrous Golem Ghouls or Erestz Israel, sent forth to oppress, abuse, plunder, and terrorize the rest of the planet. General Cornwallis, when he surrendered to General Washington, warned of this outcome. The real forces of history, the hidden claw on the levers of power, have been carefully concealed from the masses, but things are decaying so badly, they cannot hide behind their crumbling facade for very much longer.

    “Freedom” is Cri de Coeur of MY Race, of MY People, of Adams, Jefferson, and Lee. and Freedom will not be denied. The Hour Cometh.

    • dstudie

      It must be a strange place that planet you live on.

    • woonsocket

      How very white of you. Did you stock up on chains for the slaves as well?

      • steveafrikaner

        Don’t have to, the Dimocraps have taken care of that with food stamps! (new model chains)

        • DenisetheCelt

          White taxpayer dupes are the REAL slaves.

        • woonsocket

          Jesus didn’t get the memo when he fed the people fish. The far right has managed to turn charity into evil.

      • DenisetheCelt

        Yawn.

        • LawtonOkie

          Yawn……you are really boring.

    • Ron

      I’m not 100% sure I agree with or fully understand your comment, but if Woonsocket is against it, I probably should be for it.

      • Ron

        On 2nd thought, I stand corrected and am opposed.

    • LawtonOkie

      I see Mrs. Adolf Hitler has joined in our discussion. DeNazitheCelt hates everything that’s not fascist. He /She lives in a very disturbed and twisted world.

      • DenisetheCelt

        Says the White Hating Jew.

        The Founders would have agreed with my POV.

        Here’s one of your boychicks, Arnon Sofer:

        htt ps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsT6qCPDJIE#t=213

        His genocidal policies are “normal” right bubbelah?

        But I’m “disturbed and twisted” because I object to alien psychos like Sofer setting American policies. Right?

        • LawtonOkie

          Your link is BS, DeNazi. The Founding Fathers would have burned you at the stake for being mentally challenged because of your mental illness. You need to visit your prison psychiatrist. You’re nuts.

        • DenisetheCelt

          You are the completely psychotic. The Founders didn’t burn people (how classically bloodthirsty and crazed your Tribe are!) – and their writings are in line with me. Jefferson and Franklin wanted your Tribe kept OUT. They were right.

        • DenisetheCelt

          Here’s the link to a story about Arnon Sofer, your hero, and his slavering dreams about killing and killing and killing and killing…did you celebrate when blood crazed psycho Jews kidnapped an INNOCENT 16 year old Palestinian boy, and murder him and incinerate him? You psychos LOVE your burnt offerings, don’t you?

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsT6qCPDJIE#t=213

      • abinico

        Really, DenisetheCelt’s world is disturbed and twisted – I really doubt it – your Fukushima, GMO, artificial flavor world is the one that is disturbed and twisted.

        • LawtonOkie

          I’ve never known DeNazitheCelt to be right about anything. The only thing he/she knows about is hate and despising Israel and the Jews and his/her admiration of terrorist states like Palestine {Hamas} and Iran {Hezbollah}. She, like you, is about as disturbed and twisted as one can possibly get.

    • abinico

      Well said Denise. You obviously have great insight and understand what is going on. BTW, have you by chance been banned from Huff Post – they banned me for life for posting similar stuff to what you are saying.

      • LawtonOkie

        You and DeNazitheCelt should be banned from this site, too, Herr Hitler..

        • abinico

          So we should be banned, and you’re calling us Nazis when you are the one acting like it. Tell me specifically what is it that you do not want to hear so I can on purpose emphasize it in my posts. And BTW, please feel free to call me Herr Hitler – I know my posts are working when you do that.

  • revdto

    Well done. I agree with everything except one. The reason the colonies won is not because of the founders refused to compromise principle. They did that and a lot more, however, even they recognized the one, crucial thing that was needed. They won because they were blessed by God Almighty. They understood this and called upon Him for favor and blessing many times during the ensuing struggle. We are free even now because the grace and favor of the LORD was with us then and at many other times in our history. We can reclaim those principles of liberty once more and rise from these socialist ashes but ONLY if we humble ourselves once more and turn to Him again. I pray this happens soon because without God, we have no hope. That’s my take and Happy Independence Day to all!

    • Devasahayam

      As was confirmed in a memo circulated inside Whitehall shortly before the Revolutionary war — “we’re dealing with 3 million of the worst kind of Protestant, one who recognises only One King, the Lord Jesus — if we fight them, we will lose”.

    • jime1

      Indeed, and if we are to survive we need to reintroduce the Almighty into the public dialog and ask for His forgiveness and guidance.

      • LC

        Every one of us who knows that, as a nation the only way we will be spared from judgment is to repent and turn back to God, is being called upon to sound the trumpet. Get the word out! Read The Harbinger.

    • abinico

      “… rise from these socialist ashes …” – you do realize Jesus was a communist. You do realize Jesus smote the money changers, and today he would smote Wall St. You do realize the Church considered usury a mortal sin prior to the Church being co-opted by Satan. That’s my take – happy enslavement day you all.

      • revdto

        What I realize is that Jesus IS the risen LORD! What I realize is that while Jesus might take a swipe at Wall St. today, He would be far more likely to take the whip to the IRS. What I realize is that, while I don’t subscribe to the Catholic Church’s notions of ‘mortal’ sin, usury is still a sin. As for the Church being co-opted by Satan I couldn’t say. Perhaps you will get the chance to ask him about it one day, though I certainly hope not.

        • abinico

          Rev DTO, your faith is guided more by your wallet than any true spiritual understanding. There is absolutely no question that Wall St is today’s money changers – evil scum that make money by extortion. Jesus would not approve of Wall St nor capitalism in general. That people like you who claim to be ‘of God’ and are also promoters of capitalism is the ultimate contradiction of God’s teachings. I suggest you see and study the following: http://www.openbible.info/topics/usury

  • charles4012

    Lets go back to those good old days. See below

    http://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=170070

  • abinico

    Yeah, fire up the barbie with some ozone destroying charcoal and roast up a side of GMO meat – love you America – or is it supposed to be love you Monsanto.

  • munkybiznus

    NEVER GIVE UP/NEVER GIVE IN? NEVER COMPROMISE,,,,,,,,,,,,, It’s quite obvious that the people saying this has never experienced a battlefield or had a comrade DIE in your arms,,, I’m retired military and would GLADLY die for my country, , but it would be a foolhardy mission to resort to bloodshed of American fighters AND civilians when we face an onslought from OFF our shores,,, especially when we’re only 4 months away from a possible BLOODLESS revolution

    • dstudie

      I agree to a point. I’m ex-military and I don’t think it is my duty to die for my country, it is my duty to see that the other poor bastard dies for his. If I am dead, I cannot defend anything. I will defend America and try not to get dead in the process.

      • munkybiznus

        And WHERE do you think these calls for violence are coming from…. The odds for victory for Conservatives is EMMENSE in Nov. The Only faction in the US to gain any advantage by confllct before Nov. is the LEFT
        BTW——–love the Patton thing

        • Virgil Hilts

          Sir…here’s another prescient quote from Patton: “Don’t give instructions that can be understood. Give instructions that cannot be MISUNDERSTOOD!”

        • dstudie

          I don’t know of too many on the right who are calling for violence. Mostly, I hear the left calling for it. I really hope the Conservatives take the Senate and keep the House in Nov. Now, if the House would just defund the fanatical programs that are arming up, like the IRS, BLM and FEMA. They have no business having an armed army.

    • Neal Avery

      Thank you, munkybiznus, for your service. But what is the source of this onslought from off our shores? We have a military for “Onslought from off our shores” do we not? Who is tying our military’s hands with senseless ROEs(rules of engagement.) Who is turning our military into a “Hollow Force.” Who says our veterans are “Terrorists?” Which is worse? Dying in a comrad’s arms or dying in chains? Yes, let us hope for this “Bloodless Revolution.” But fear for the time from November to January 20.

  • Ron

    Makes you want to get out your musket and go hunting. We are long overdue for a second revolution. If we all work real hard and stop voting for RINO’s and progressives…. Vote in 2014 and again in 2016 for true conservatives. We must return the Constitution to it’s true authority and restore America’s freedoms.

    • steveafrikaner

      And restore REAL States rights!

      • woonsocket

        Are you for getting rid of all of the lobbyists too? What about the 1% who are getting richer through ridiculous tax cuts?

        • jime1

          Forget the 1%. Focus on men and women of strong Moral CHARACTER and the rest will just happen. It happened 238 years ago and it CAN happen again!!

        • Ron

          Amen, jime, we have to remember that the Rino’s and progressives were the ones that wrote the tax codes and have enslaved us over the last 70 to 100 years. It is time to make a REAL change and restore the government to the Republic that the founders created.

  • Saltporkdoc

    I have seen the enemy…and he is us!

    • Neal Avery

      I think the enemy is “THEM.”

  • antiliberalcryptonite

    God Bless America!

  • woonsocket

    Mr. Minkoff, No thanks for trying to ruin July 4th for those who don’t belong to the far right. The far right doesn’t own this country. Christians who meddle into our private lives do not own the country. This country belongs to ALL of us. This day is for all of us & the freedoms that we strive for every day. You must be a real downer on Christmas.

    • Neal Avery

      Yes, Woonsocket, “Why can’t we all just get along?” That is what losers say when they realize they have just lost the arguement. If you don’t like the comments, change channels.

      • woonsocket

        I’m living proof that the middle class thrives when govt. is a blend of socialism and capitalism. Throwing that off balance hurts everyone but the 1%.

  • owlish

    Bull. The Viet-Nam war and the Korean War were both fought to protect our freedoms, lest the Communists take over all of SE Asia, as they were bent on doing in Africa, in Central and South America, in the Caribbean; and, if eventually they could overcome NATO and the military capacity of the U.S. in particular, Europe. And so, we too could fall, if we let things get that far.

    Those were wars of preventive medicine, the Korean War at least half-won, the V-N War won militarily but the victory unclaimed and the South Vietnamese betrayed in the aftermath. It’s THAT BETRAYAL of which the U.S. should be ashamed.

    And if anybody wonders, yes, Hitler did ultimately have designs on, first, Britain, and then the U.S. And Yes, Stalin and the Soviets did ultimately have World Empire in mind. There’s a reason why it was called the Communist International.

    • munkybiznus

      Libertarian author,, nuff said

      • owlish

        Mmm…not all libertarians are ostriches or complete fools, munky. At least, I don’t think I am. (And there’s no such thing as a “Left-libertarian.” That’s a contradiction in terms.) But unfortunately, more and more libertarians seem to be “anti-war,” which, as when the Left uses the term, tends not to mean “anti-war” in the sense of pro-peace, but rather in the sense of “any war we’re in we deserve to lose.” Then people will say No no no, we’re in favor of defensive war, as a last resort of course.

        The trouble is, I have yet to hear of a situation properly met by defensive war. Maybe once DC, NYC, LA, and SF have started emitting the radioactive glow?

        The time is never right, and the cause is never just.

    • Neal Avery

      El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Iran (under the Shaw) Texas(The Republic) These United States of America(the individual states) only a few of the betrayals. We seem to betray our allies every 4 or 8 years. Or rather Washington betrays them.

      • owlish

        Agreed.

        I am beginning to feel real discomfort about using the pronouns “we,” “our,” etc., in the context of “our foreign policy” or “our betrayal of …” or “…after we’ve bombed Iraq daily for the last 10 years” (quoting someone whose view of foreign affairs I do not share).

    • abinico

      That’s laughable, like as if either of those pimple sized countries posed a threat to the U.S. The Korean/VietNam wars were meant to show the Communists that the U.S. was wacko crazy and willing to simply waste lives. Kinda like a Mel Gibson wacko scene.

  • disqus_0m4y0Of7Nn

    I have been ending my emails with KYPD, which stands for Keep Your Powder Dry since 2008. ITYS.

    • munkybiznus

      dble ^5, and remember who the target is……left

  • Virgil Hilts

    Great article and good observations. Here is a quote which speaks of what our young nation fought for….and which we, the inheritors of such liberty…are obliged to preserve, protect and defend.

    “The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all
    hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation – enlightened as it is – if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men.”

    -Samuel Adams

    • jime1

      Perfect quote and one all should commit to memory!!

  • 63Marine

    It’s time for Americans have a second American Revolution. Take back America for true Americans. Kick out ALL illegals including obozo. Seal ALL of our boarders and get right with God.

    • jime1

      Agreed, but getting right with God needs to be first on list, and then all else will fall into place!

  • jdbixii

    We have thought about it for a long time. For all of the daily news and commentary that is passed between online, conservative organizations for transmission to their subscribers, it is usual to see expressions of discontent, outrage, anger, scorn and well-constructed arguments against the travesties which have taken place in government since the election of 2008. What is amazing is that no one has taken any more serious step than to express himself or herself verbally. All of which demonstrates a predictable constraint on the part of conservatives whose respect for the law and the value of human life keeps them from doing anything more serious to change the course that has been charted for us by those whose ideology and political philosophy is held in utter contempt by us. They know we will obey the law and not attempt to stop them. If God does not do it, who will? ” All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” If it is all vanity, it means nothing anyway.

  • steveafrikaner

    An excellent wake up call, before it is too late. The clock is ticking………..

  • KathiB.

    Beautifully written….Great thanks…….but your last quote from the Declaration of Independence was lacking these lines……”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.–”
    Although there are so many of us who recognise the tyranny that is rapidly destroying this land of Liberty, I think we are all stymied as to exactly WHAT sort of action to take to ensure our freedom….We all FEAR the IRS…..an agency of the federal government that is feared by most of us….the mere WORD “AUDIT” strikes terror in the hearts of those of us who have worked hard and faithfully “FUNDED” those who would have us subjugated to their whims. We are all meant to toil and surrender the fruits of our labors in order to fund those whose elected position has devolved from representation of the ‘people’ to a position of almost absolute power, which we all know is absolutely CORRUPT.
    I HEAR, I READ, I SEE what is happening and understand it well…….please tell me…..HOW do we FIX IT………….without a Standard Bearer or LEADER…..what can we do…..How do we perform our “RIGHT” and “OUR SACRED DUTY”……
    The Founders were able to accomplish so much….all without our modern day communication abilities………Ours is ONE NATION under GOD…..what once was “INDIVISABLE” has been divided into small segments who distrust each other….how do we reconnect as AMERICANS…..not hyphenated sub-groups….SIMPLY AMERICANS????????

  • [email protected]

    As Americans, we need to somehow unite. Lets do this: each of you submit a brief set of doable actions and I will pull them together into a summary (email them to [email protected]). My brief set of doable actions are as follows: (1) draft a petition for redress of our grievances (provide a list grievances and actions required for redress); (2) form a new political party (call it TeamAmerica) and ask everyone to join; (3) Stop using people labels (Conservative, Liberal, Tea Party, etc.) and call everyone a TrueAmerican. I need an email address for everyone. This country needs a balanced budget with national debt reduced to zero in a reasonable time (e.g., 10 years; as you know, our debt is very large). Lots of other issues but we need to start someplace.

    • munkybiznus

      A self-professed Atheist volunteering to co-ordinate a God fearing society???? Kinda don’t think that would work——————PASS

  • Spyder_Jack

    Thank you for this reminder. It is a great read.

  • MichaelZZ

    A FEW RESPONSES:

    REGARDING: That is the nature of the false narratives
    of racism, sexism, and homophobia. These are nothing more than the excitations
    of domestic insurrection to continue thrusting this country into perpetual
    unrest. A divided country is much easier to rule.
    RESPONSE: I term this “tenderization”.

    The following is the first paragraph of a piece I wrote 3 years ago (Kabuki Theater: Good Cop, Bad Cop AKA The People are being set up):

    The Democrats (“playing” the “role” of the good cops, but are just a different degree of bad) and the Republicans are starring in a playful farce designed to tenderize the People by inundating them with poorly designed scripts, but sadly these poorly designed scripts should be sufficient to accomplish the “immorality” of the play.

    REGARDING: As bad as things have gotten, this is what we are used to now. Like the proverbial frogs, we don’t even realize we’re nearly cooked. We don’t even think about it anymore.
    RESPONSE: You mean “the People are being set up?”
    Oh, no!! Say it ain’t so!

    REGARDING:
    But, even if you don’t think of it any other day, please consider it
    today: You have no independence left to celebrate. This Independence Day, like
    many that have preceded it, is a sham. We are all dependents on and subjects to
    a tyrannical government. But it may not be too late to recover what the
    Founding Fathers left to us. There may yet be enough of the original system
    left to retake the governance of this country from parasites and wastrels. But
    it will not be easy.
    RESPONSE: The author is correct. Although it is becoming very, very dark, I see a flickering candle…., down the road, a piece.

    mz
    07/04/14

  • REC

    A People who are ignorant of their past will defile the present and destroy the future.

  • DenisetheCelt
  • jime1

    This is the best summary about what it going on, right under the noses of a self-absorbed public, that I have read to date. This article needs to be reprinted in pamphlet form (much like Common Sense was) and made available to every citizen to read and ponder. It needs to be read from the mountain tops so all can hear and understand exactly what WE the People, mostly over the past century, have allowed to happen to this Republic.
    We have no time to waste, our Freedom, and our Liberty will be gone in short order if we do not put and end to our overbearing Federal Government, and absolutely demand that it returns to what it was intended to be since 1787 when our Constitution was finally ratified. Independence carries with if a heavy responsibility. Being INDEPENDENT means that each must be DEPENDENT upon themselves! To surrender independence is to accept servitude.
    May Almighty God forgive us for gross negligence allowing the bastardization of what our forefathers intended, and HELP us RESTORE His holy name within the public dialog, our Constitution, and our beloved Republic to everything it can and was intended to be and become, Amen !!!

  • abinico

    It is not the tyrannical government – it is the tyrannical corporations that control the government. That is why Americans are one of the few peoples not told if their food is GMO – that is why even though U.S. is an oil exporting nation, Americans pay double for gas compared to other oil exporting countries. It is why there is no transaction tax on Wall St gamblers; it is why the rich pay less tax than anyone else; it is why those who want to get ahead with a higher education end up indentured servants to their debt. These are no the fault of some ‘tyrannical government’ – this is the fault of the money grubbing greedy banksters and Wall St speculators.

    • woonsocket

      Getting big donations off politics is going to be difficult. It has to start at the state level.

  • Freedom?

    The colonies won against the brits because they used VIOLENCE!

  • Archangel

    Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Are you even familiar with the 56 men who
    signed the Declaration of Independence?

    Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died.

    Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

    Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.

    Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

    They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

    What kind of men were they?

    Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.
    Eleven were merchants,
    Nine were farmers and plantation owners.

    They were men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

    Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

    Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

    British Torres ( the equivalent of todays Liberals and Progressive Communists) or British Soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Rutledge, and Middleton.

    At the battle of Yorktown , Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed and Nelson died bankrupt.

    Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

    John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste.
    For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

    So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid.

    Remember: freedom is never free!

    It is time we get the word out that Patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more meaning to it than beer, picnics and baseball games.

  • zagozana

    How about independence from religions being imposed of them like some of you guys seem to want with your form of belief. It is not a Christian country though it is based of wonderful Christian values. I’m Jewish. America is for everyone to have FREEDOM of and from RELIGION..