A not so happy Fourth of July

July 4, 2013

By Alan Caruba


Normally Americans celebrate the Fourth of July as the happy anniversary of the birth of the nation with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. In 2013, our happiness is muted by fears of eroding freedoms; corrupt and incompetent governance.

The men who signed the document had struggled to reach some accommodation with England for many years until the arrogance and continuing taxation of the colonies left them no alternative than to “dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another.”

When that effort failed they fought our Revolution over the course of eight years until the king and parliament concluded they could not retain the American colonies. Rarely mentioned in the history books was the large portion of colonists, known as Tories, who did not want to sever the connection. It is worth noting that the Revolution began when British troops moved to seize American arms in Concord, Massachusetts, and were met by militias there and in Lexington.

We celebrate the holiday in 2013 in a nation sharply divided between those who wish to retain and maintain the traditional and political values of America – conservatives – and the liberals who want to adopt the failed socialist systems of Europe and elsewhere. Even the former Soviet Union collapsed under the dead weight of communism. Even China, though politically communist, has adopted the capitalist system.

The transformation of today’s America from one whose values are enshrined in the Constitution and, in particular, the Bill of Rights, did not occur overnight. It began largely in the last century as “progressive” ideas were embraced. The educational system was transformed by progressives such as John Dewey. The rise of the union movement transformed the relationship between employer and employees; unions have since fallen on hard times, but still solidly support liberal candidates for office.

For the duration of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, from the end of World War Two in 1945 until its end in 1991, progressives mocked the notion that the U.S. government was filled with Soviet agents-of-influence and spies. Historians have since documented this.

Liberals see the values of the 1950s and earlier as “old-fashioned” and “out of date.” They welcome the attack on traditional marriage – in place for thousands of years by all faiths – that has resulted in the legalization of same-sex marriage in many states. They defend abortion even though it has killed an entire generation of Americans in the womb. These changes did not and do reflect the will of the people, but rather the result of Supreme Court decisions, of law suits that ignore the will of the people.

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The government the Founding Fathers feared would happen is the government we now have.

Read more at http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/caruba/130704

If it were not clear enough before, it should be by now. The divide couldn’t be larger or the sides more polar opposites. A majority didn’t like ObamaCare either but it didn’t matter. The will of the people is not even a speed bump.

21 comments on “A not so happy Fourth of July

  1. drrik says:

    Proves that faith in the wisdom of the Founders is well placed.

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  2. pepperhawk says:

    Bull,

    Very good article and I must say that Independence Day brought mixed emotions for me. I revel in this day and as a child and teen walked in all the wonderful parades we had in our community. I found myself missing the huge display of patriotism that line those streets back then. Everyone was on the streets waving their flags with great pride.

    This 4th was a difficult one for me as our country has been divided so much and in its’ place are the progressives who feel nothing for this country and all that it grants us. Communism on the rise, an exact opposite to what this country meant. And with deep sadness I wondered how long now will America stand for freedom, happiness and all kinds of opportunities as it was founded.

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    • bullright says:

      Pepp, I’m with you on those mixed thoughts. I also remember really good times The last few years I’ve been thinking about just this subject. All the ones who were not in favor of it, those “Tories”. They would accept whatever the king did. Can’t we see that today? I’m grateful for that appreciation of the 4th now. But those thoughts about it, and questions, remain.

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      • pepperhawk says:

        Bull, I too am grateful of our country’s birthday and I love all that goes along with celebrating it. But, also each day since the King took over, I am filled with thoughts about “will this be the last one”?

        It’s a strange mix of emotions I feel. And I think back to the Revolution and wonder if it will come to another one. There seems to be very few Congress people who are not corrupt. They no longer listen to us. I do not feel represented any longer. With that in mind, it’s a sobering thought while at the same time I feel proud of our flag and what it stands for.

        Our flag hanging off the porch is in tatters a bit. We keep saying we need to get a new flag, but I told Hawk that we should just leave it as it represents our government in distress and tatters.

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        • bullright says:

          Pepp, they turn a deaf ear to us after elections. (even when they campaign, it is their message not ours) Someone with ties to Israel told me on the 4th everyone puts the American and Israeli flags side by side. Maybe check w/ gimp. We never hear about or see those kinds of things publicized.

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  3. clyde says:

    Excellent article,Bull. Not a thing to add.

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  4. tannngl says:

    I like Alan Caruba. This one is a gem.

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  5. Davetherave says:

    Damn good post Bull. McCarthy was right after all and back then they all called him paranoid. Well; I guess you can call me McCarthy Jr., because I’m paranoid as hell as I see the socialist and commies now being more aggressive than ever in bringing down our great nation. Of course it’s not paranoia when it’s the truth.

    I read yesterday where Obama banned any firework shows at military bases on the fourth. Those of my generation and older still remember how great our nation once was, but those coming up that are being fully indoctrinated and brainwashed so our history will be either be forgotten or distorted. These are very sad days, the train has left the station and I guess we’ll see if enough Americans have the same resolve as our founders.

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    • bullright says:

      Dave, great comment. They have little respect for the truth. I wonder if he’ll try to re-brand or redefine that day, like he’s been working on other ones. We’ll have to see if his/their brand stands.

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      • Davetherave says:

        Bull, this is the first 4th of July in my lifetime I did not celebrate the birth of our nation, but rather grieved for its demise. You’re so right they have little regard for the truth, but the truth seems to be playing out we don’t stand a chance of saving our nation. I can’t recall any Republic that lasted more than 200 years and here we are just barely over 200 years old.

        I know there will always be those of the commie/Marxist mind that will assault Republics, but how in the hell the citizens of Republics keep letting those ass hats win is beyond me. It took over 50 years for Germany to set up a somewhat Republic country, so maybe there is some hope we lose the upcoming battle but win the war in the long term. Of course the entire dynamics of our world is totally different now and there is no longer a mighty US to help a country such as Germany realize some personal rights and freedoms. Every where I look now we are the minority and there is no country left to step in and help us. In hindsight; Stalin was a very brilliant man in foreseeing our demise.

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        • bullright says:

          Yea no one to lend a helping hand to us. (viva France LOL) But what gets the dander up is we have most of the technology and capability, but a tone deaf bunch of elitists in the capitol. (with heads in the sand). News flash for them, our greatest resource is not feral gubmint. Gov’t may be a necessary evil but that doesn’t make its evil necessary.

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  6. pepperhawk says:

    Bull,
    In response to your question if Israel flies our flag:

    From the Gimp, “I suppose some do, but it’s not a tradition or anything. Some do it all year long, hoping we’ll become the 51st state. Israelis are strange characters on their best days!”

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    • bullright says:

      Hey, that’s still more respect than Israel gets here…even around here. (the 51st state, ha ha, this guy is still looking for his other 7 states.)

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      • pepperhawk says:

        Bull, that’s funny. Yes if the King could have Israel as one of his 57 states. What an idiot. And as far as Israel I really don’t think they want to be one right now considering what they see happening here like most other countries can see, but some of our own people (Americans) still can’t see what’s going down.

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        • bullright says:

          Pepp, I agree, it sure would not do Israelis any favors. As they say, be very careful what you ask for. He’s having quite a good time kicking around all of us now. Well, he hasn’t done much to Hawaii yet. Maybe he has it in mind to sell them one by one to our enemies — or his homies in the hood — it would be right up his dirty alley.

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          • pepperhawk says:

            Bull, LOL, love the term “right up his dirty alley”. No Israelis do not want to be a part of us now. Lucie aka Gimp told me they watch in horror over what they see going on in our country. They are speechless and confused as to why we are allowing this to happen.

            He’ll never do anything to Hawaii because the crooked and corrupt state government there still upholds he is a legal citizen although they have never come up with a valid BC.

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