This Fourth of July, Put American Pride and Patriotism on Full Display

By Emma Kaden and Chris Talgo

Every year, millions of Americans celebrate Independence Day by watching fireworks light up the night sky. In fact, more than 16,000 firework displays will take place this Fourth of July, and Americans are estimated to spend more than $1 billion on fireworks this Independence Day.

So why do we set off fireworks on the Fourth of July?

4th of July Fireworks – Washington DC. Matthew Straubmuller from Bethesda, MD, USA [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Well, fireworks have been an essential element of Independence Day celebrations ever since the first commemoration in 1777. Even John Adams predicted that the Fourth of July would be an annual celebration of patriotism. On the day before the Declaration of Independence was signed, he wrote in a letter to his wife:

“I am apt to believe that [Independence Day] will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival,” Adams wrote. “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

A year later, just as Adams envisioned, Americans celebrated the anniversary of their (pending) independence from Britain by setting off fireworks, among other revelry. According to accounts of the first July Fourth celebration, colonists set off one firework for each of the thirteen newly independent states, and even held a parade, just as we do today. In the early years of the United States, the Fourth of July was a sacred day to celebrate the first nation in history founded on individual freedom.

However, 243 years later, Independence Day has become less about freedom and more about having a good time. From parades to barbecues to festivals, Fourth of July celebrations have become more about spending quality time with family and friends than commemorating and honoring the Declaration of Independence and everything it represents.

According to a recent Gallup poll, only 45 percent of Americans identified as extremely proud to be American, down from 70 in 2003. Even worse, among Americans aged 18 to 29, only 24 percent responded they were extremely proud to be an American. On the other hand, 63 percent of Americans aged 65 and over expressed extreme pride in being American. Obviously, this does not bode well for the future of American patriotism, let alone the sincerity and essence of Fourth of July celebrations in the years to come.

Despite the fact that many young Americans aren’t extremely proud to be American, the United States is—and always has been—a pioneer of new technologies, a champion for human rights, and a force for freedom across the globe. From winning the Space Race to defeating Nazi Germany to providing aid and assistance to countries across the world, the United States surely deserves extreme pride and patriotism—especially among its own people.

No nation is perfect, and obviously the United States has its flaws. However, this Fourth of July, we all should take the time to reflect on the unique strengths and accomplishments of the United States.

After all, Independence Day is meant to commemorate the United States’ history as a nation founded on individual liberty and freedom in a time when despotism and tyranny reigned supreme.

Indeed, on July 4, 1776, the signers of the Declaration of Independence literally put their lives on the line to ensure future generations would have the opportunity to bask in glorious freedom (and watch a great fireworks show). Not only that, but thousands of patriots lost their lives and livelihoods in the War for Independence so that the ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence could be fostered in the New World, to be secured and protected for centuries to come.

So as you enjoy the barbecues, parades, fireworks, and festivities this Fourth of July, remember that Independence Day is about more than spending time with your loved ones. It’s also about recognizing and commemorating the fundamental ideals the United States was founded upon.

As Thomas Jefferson so eloquently stated, “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. … 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.”

If this world-changing philosophy doesn’t merit pride and patriotism, what does?


Emma Kaden is an assistant editor at The Heartland Institute. Chris Talgo is an editor at The Heartland Institute.

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139 thoughts on “This Fourth of July, Put American Pride and Patriotism on Full Display

  1. Happy Independence Day America. I would be proud to be American were I not British.

    I couldn’t have said that whilst you guys were suffering under Obama.

    • In California there is a Berkshire Inn, proudly creating a very British atmosphere. On July Fourth they hang a big sign: CLOSED TODAY. Mourning a loss of a colony.

      • Excellent! I am a proud American. Life is better when we have people in Congress and the White House who actually love this country.

        AOC, Schiff, Nadler, Waters, et al., are not part of that group.

        • Pride is one of the deadly sins. It is strange that a nation which regards itself as strongly Christian should forget this and “extreme” pride is a good thing.

          Maybe if the USA still stood for the value of Adams and Jefferson , enshrined in the US constitution , three would me more reason for patriotism. If I were a US citizen I would be very concerned about way the nation is going, the attacks on free speech, erosion of fundamental constitutional rights,

          Maybe if every citizen started the 4th of July by actually READING the constitution, instead of waving flags at tanks in the street, it would make more sense.

        • Greg July 5, 2019 at 12:07 am

          Pride is one of the deadly sins.

          https://www.google.com/search?q=augustinus+deadly+sins&oq=augustinus+deadly+sins&aqs=chrome.

          __________________________________________

          Greg, these Augustinus 7 deadly sins are the worst and bloedest of them all.

          Augustine himself was the greatest sinner of his time.

          Augustinus wandered several kilometers on the beach of North Africa to reach the ship for the journey to Rome – to leave North Africa.

          He left his mother at the North African beach. Alone on the wrong department place.

    • And I admit to being quite an Anglophile… a culture and people who gave Birth to my Constitution from the Magna Carta. A land where the English language is still spoken. 😉

      Happy 4th, my fellow patriots.

      • From one Anglophile (my wife is dual US-UK) to another, a small nit – it is Magna Carta, not the Magna Carta. Just like it is Messiah, not the Messiah. Althoug, it can be Handel’s Messiah.

    • I sent this to an American friend earlier today:

      Happy 4th of July! I think the United States of America is the free world’s last great hope.

      Attached is a copy of my latest paper. It is appropriate that it is published on the Glorious 4th.

      It is deliberately aggressive – I’m done ‘being nice’ when the other side behave like thugs – how very un-Canadian of me.

      I get the sense that the radical greens don’t like me. I expect to find a burning cross on my lawn. 🙂

      Best personal regards, Allan

  2. What I find astonishing is the venom and contempt so many “progressive” American Democrats evince for their country.

    • Why do you find it astonishing? This is the product of 60 years of public school education. In every public school you are taught that America is full of racists that were fundamentally evil from the beginning and everything about this country needs to be destroyed. You learn that capitalism is evil and the only positive governmental system is communism but the Evil white supremacists in America keep Brown people down by keeping them from becoming communists.

      I think that’s why so many on the left seem to ignore the abuses of the Chinese government against its people and against its ethnic minorities. The Chinese are not white therefore they obviously cannot be evil. They are communists therefore they ultimately must be good.

    • Graemethecat

      They can’t help themselves they reside on the left side ( how appropriate ) of the Bell Curve—-and suffer from the Disease of Liberalism.

    • Like Xenomoly says, by design. That’s why the term “tolerance” has been used/abused for so many decades — to allow evil to infiltrate.

  3. Off topic – but there’s a crowd-funded attempt to sue the BBC for bias just started. See

    https://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/help-us-crowdfund-to-stop-bbc-bias/

    The BBC is a major world supporter of the climate change scam, and has refused to air any disagreement with the hypothesis. It’s charter requires it to be impartial, but it is ignoring this, and simply refuses to listen to criticism. It is funded by a compulsory tax on all UK residents who own a TV set.

    This crowd-funding will start a legal case claiming that the BBC’s complaints procedure is not fit for purpose…

    • I dislike the use of the courts for this sort of thing but the green and left loons do it all the time so I guess what goes around comes around.

    • ABC (US), CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN have apparently announced that they will not air the 4th July Celebration Parade.

      • You’re right, the Leftwing News Media did not cover Trump’s Fourth of July speech. I would say that is pretty good evidence of which side they are on.

        Yes, the Leftwing Media has morphed into a blatant Leftwing Propaganda Machine. It’s all Leftwing lies, all the time.

        I really do think these people are displaying a serious mental condition. Mass hysteria. Mob thinking. Something like that. They certainly are divorced from reality, and don’t seem to be aware of it, many of them. Of course, there are also the dishonest ones who use the delusions of others in a cynical way.

  4. Happy 4th to all of you who value this great nation and the principles upon which it was founded. May it forever be the land of the free and the home of the brave.

    I have a 30′ flag pole in my front yard that I installed about 15 years ago. I also installed a dusk to dawn light. The morning before I set the Pole I had my own little ceremony and placed a match book with a 45 APC round in the base of the truck.
    The Stars & Stripes flies from it 24/7/365. Usually a 3’x 5′ flies from it but for certain holidays like the 4th I break out my 8′ x 12′ flag which is the largest it’s rated for in high winds (up to 85 mph supposedly). Usually under the Stars & Stripes a 3′ x 5′ Gadsden flag (Don’t Tread On Me) flies but sometimes I change it out to the POW/MIA flag. Come 2020 a “Trump 2020” flag will fly in the place of the Gadsden except on certain Holidays like Memorial Day and the 4th.

    • I had my own little ceremony and placed a match book with a 45 APC round in the base of the truck.

      Huh?

      • The 45 round represents defending the colors and the matchbook represents burning it if it can’t be defended to prevent it’s capture. It’s an old military thing that if you look it up on Snoops will say it is false. It’s true, but they have the placement wrong. People say the items are put in the truck. The truck is the technically the top swivel and halyard pully assembly but many refer to the round ball that is actually the finial as the truck. The truck is what the finial is attached to. Anyway I put my symbols of defense in the ground at the base of the pole.

        To mount my 30′ aluminum pole which is 6″ in diameter at the base and tapers to about 3″ at the top there was a piece of spiral weld steel pipe 36″ long and 9″ in diameter that acts as a sleeve. Welded in to bottom of the sleeve is a pyramid fabricated from 1/2″ rebar that the base of the pole slides over the center it in the sleeve.
        A hole is dug (I tapered mine out at the bottom and added some lateral rebar to stabilize the sleeve and vertical rebar because I made a form for the concrete from 2″ x 10″ lumber forming a 24″ square so I would have about a 9″ high square of concrete above grade. 14 bags of mixed and poured sackrete later I was ready for business when the concrete set.

        The pole is then slipped into the sleeve. I did it by strapping the pole on the bucket of a tractor and as I stood on the top of the bucket of the tractor and my neighbor operated the machine I guided the pole into the sleeve. Then one uses very fine and clean “play sand” and a wooden dowel to tamp the sand in tight into the space between the sleeve and the pole while keeping the pole plum. An aluminum flange sealed with aluminum colored RTV silicone caps the base. The sand buffer provides some give and any water that runs down the pole and gets into the sand naturally drains out through the sand.

        If that sounds like a lot of work, it is. But that is the best way to mount a industrial sized pole in the ground so that it will last for decades.

      • BTW in Army parlance “the truck” is also the term used to refer to the garrison flag pole on a post where there is also usually located an artillery piece of two used for ceremonial purposes.

  5. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness – deliberately chosen from Leibniz of Hannover, Germany.
    Many, including Britain’s John Locke, and the Confederates, tried to change that to Life, Liberty, and Property.

    Time to get back to space – and win-win economics. And to apply that essential pioneering inventiveness to fusion. Pursuit of Happiness means the future, progress, never ending.

  6. While I shudder every time Pres. Trump says that the USA is number one
    in everything, just like the USSR guide did when we visited Moscow in
    1988. All my congratulation on your celebrating the 4th of July.

    I sometime wonder that if King George 3 rd. had not been sick, the USA
    would probably have remained British and as with Canada, Australia and
    New Zealand had become fully Independent in the 1900 period.

    Certainly the legal system in the UK had changed a great deal since 1776
    and we the Canadians, Australian and New Zealanders got a fro better
    legal system than the USA with its multitude of separate police forces
    have.

    But despite all of our differences I for one am glad that the USA has evolved
    into the strong Allie and friend that we have today.

    President Trump is quit right to have a big celebration on this day, with a
    strong showing from the military. Be proud of what you have.

    MJE VK5ELL

    • What President Trump means by American exceptionalism is not what Bolton/Pompeo mean.

      To take on the British Empire with its trained mercenaries, was no small undertaking. The King never expected to lose, to 22 year old Lafayette no less. In fact the Royals today still have not grasped it – they want the USA back in the Commonwealth. Trump has upended that “special-relationship”, despite Britain’s attempted coup- “Russiagate”.

      When Britain’s Confederacy attempted secession, Russia moored its navy at NY and SF with a reminder to Britain not to try something. So now there is Trump accepting Putin’s invitation to Moscow – the end of British geopolitics.

      Fireworks, indeed!

      • In the end the British command thought and fought by the rules of the traditional military fashion of the time. He who controls the field of battle in the end wins. The colonists just wouldn’t quit. They’ed run from the field when things turned against them and come back to fight another day in another place. The British took the ground but they never destroyed their opponents and so, though they won most of the battles, they lost the war.

        • Ok. Cornwalis was respectable, he did criticize Parliament in a later station, but look at the others. The British use of mercenaries, rather like today’s Blackwater, should be a wake up call.
          That Crown Army was in fact of a private global firm, the British East-Indie Company, with Adam Smith as CEO at one time. Right now the EU is trying to start an EU Defense Union on that model.
          I think Trump is reminding the USA with the parade, just what the army is all about.

  7. We certainly are not perfect. We have our ups and downs, our flaws and our good points. But unless there’s something better (which there isn’t), we’re here to stay.

  8. Thank god for the War of Independence, the USA and the 4th of July – without which the greatest society on Earth, Australia, would not be what it is today.

    Your rejection of colonial rule forged our existence, out of necessity.

    Keep Safe America and enjoy your Independence Day!

  9. “Every July 4, air pollution levels spike to unhealthy levels across the nation. It starts right around sunset and extends into the early hours of July 5. … Average concentrations of particulate pollution were 42% higher on the Fourth than on the days without fireworks. But it was much, much worse in some places.”
    https://wamu.org/story/19/07/03/the-biggest-fireworks-show-means-more-air-pollution-this-fourth-of-july/

    “Since 270 grams of black powder create 132 grams of carbon dioxide, we can multiply that ratio (132/270 = 0.4889) by the volume of fireworks to get annual U.S. emissions from fireworks: 60,340 tons. This is more than 12,000 cars emit in a year, or the emissions from 115,000 light bulbs left burning for a year!”
    https://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/fireworks-ungreen-or-a-necessary-part-of-ringing-in-the-new-year.html

    • CO2 is plant food and has a small positive effect on global temperatures. All of these fireworks tonight will be making the planet greener and delaying the onset of the next 100k year-long catastrophic glacial period. It is not just about celebrating the birth of a great nation. It’s about saving the planet!

      Thank God for the United States of America!

    • I will proudly and happily be contributing to that “pollution” tonight. 3″, 2″, and 1 1/2″ mortars and plenty of smaller stuff. Got a great deal and picked up what would have been over $500.00 of fireworks retail for $160.00. I have a 2″ x 10″ with the mortar tubes nailed to it from which to launch and acres of field behind the house to launch them over.

      My only concern is for the dogs. My own pup and two more we are dog sitting for my son and his wife.

    • We gain by “emissions” that celebrate freedom.
      We lose by “emissions” that are founded on BS.

  10. Even worse, among Americans aged 18 to 29, only 24 percent responded they were extremely proud to be an American. … Obviously, this does not bode well for the future of American patriotism

    Not necessarily. The Democrats previously comforted themselves with the knowledge that all the grumpy old men who support the Republican party would die off. Then the future would forever more belong to the Democrats. The trouble is that grumpy old men are a renewable resource.

    People change.

    If you’re not a socialist when you’re young, you have no heart. If you’re still a socialist when you’re old, you have no brain. link

    Or something like that.

    The thing that disturbs me is that Americans seem to be sorting themselves into different geographical regions based on politics. link Increasingly, it’s hard for Democrats and Republicans to have a civil conversation. Avoiding the other by actually moving to another state is pretty dire. That’s what I would worry about.

    • ” it’s hard for Democrats and Republicans to have a civil conversation.”

      That would be because the Democrats don’t want to have a civil conversation.

      Conservatives would love to have a civil conversation but that’s hard to do when the Democrats constantly lie about conservatives and call them racists, and bigots and homophobes and essentially the worst human being ever born, and whose opinions are unworthy of consideration.

      Democrats don’t want to talk, they want to command. What’s to discuss, they say, when they already have all the answers.

  11. Thank you, Anthony, for the post. HAPPY AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY!

    I am blessed to live in small town America, with 700 neighbors on a 25 sq. mile Lake Michigan island. This evening I will march with the American Legion to the ballfield. Then I will limp home, and dress comfortably, then drive to a hilltop away from the stink of the crowd of tourists and the roar of their tattoos and motorcycles. There I will open the roof of the car and enjoy the peaceful thump and glitter of the fireworks that TRUMP all of the hate and discontent.

    Yes, I moved away from the politically correct that disapprove of my cultural, ethnic, political attributes.

  12. Happy 4th of July America!

    We are the only nation on earth founded on the idea of self-ownership. The idea that each individual intrinsically owns themself and by extension all that which is properly obtained – the latter concept is explored fully by Robert LeFevre in his book The Philosophy of Ownership. In essence, all rights are property rights.

    • self ownership apart from slaves I think you mean. Or women or Native Americans.

      • Gee Izaak, try picking a country that’s better! Which one would it be? Stop loathing yourself. Yeah you are white, but “sins” of past (which weren’t sins then) aren’t yours now. You are living at the very best of times and they are improving (if not, in your opinion, what times would you have preferred?). Its also the best it’s been and improving for women, and all the rest of the diversity denizens.
        It isn’t the best for white males, but then they never got an invite into the diversity club. Lighten up. Transcend what was done to us all education- wise.

        • Gary,
          Whether or not the USA is the best place to live in the world in 2019 is irrelevant (and I would happily place it easily in the top 10 countries for many reasons including its constitution and bill of rights). The fact remains that the claim that it was founded on “self-ownership” would be laughable if not for the fact that it is deeply insulting to the descendants of slaves and Native Americans . As Fredrick Douglas wrote in 1852:

          What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy — a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices, more shocking and bloody, than are the people of these United States, at this very hour.

          Again honest celebrations require acknowledging the historical wrongs done as much as remembering the triumphs.

          • Izaak, all of history was pretty brutal. But in the longer run, even conquest resulted in an expansion of useful knowledge, science, invention… which benefits the entire human race. Hey, should we hate the Italians because Romans bowled over our ancesters? We even forgave within a year or two and helped the Germans and Japanese rebuild their economies despite their atrocities of historical proportions .

            Yeah we are a warring creature – worse in the past, but we have the intelligence to want a peaceful path and, haltingly we have made a lot of positive steps.

            Our natures appear to have been valuable in our success as a whole species. The lion need feel no guilt about scawfing down antelopes. Heck he even made antelopes more successful creatures.

            I think a reasonable, nonpolitical assessment of the evidence of a little warming and higher CO2 seems, on the face of it, to be good for the whole biosphere. Oil and gas not only essentially saved the whales, but burning it along with coal has increased forest cover by about 18% over ~40years, notably in arid regions, probably because CO2 also makes plants more drought resistant. It is also a major driver of the doubling of crop yields during the same period on reduced acreage.

            There is virtually no sign of worrisome developments with climate as yet. I, too, had little reason to doubt the science of global warming in the early years, but we are already supposed to be dying by the hundreds of millions these past couple of decades but darn! we seem to be enjoying broader prosperity and plentitude.

            A decent bet is we are heading for “Garden of Eden Earth” with population peaking after mid Century. There won’t be much incentive to fight.

            There is no question in the very early days men went out hunting the aurochs and women looked after children, picked berries, made clothes, etc. Physical difference was the sensible reason. This changed because women were freed up by technology and prosperity. Things aren’t perfect and there is more to be done. But surely things are hugely better than they used to be. Native people are doing better, too, these days.

          • “The British brought the slaves, the Americans freed them.”

            I think that is a good point that ought to be made more often.

            There were people from the very beginnings of the United States who opposed slavery. But they lived in a society that was setup for slavery and it took until 1865 to finally abolish slavery in the United States. And not for lack of trying in those preceding years.

            Betsy Ross, the person who sewed the first American “13-Star” flag was an abolitionist. She was against slavery along with many others but the “British Swamp”, the commercial interests that controlled the government and promoted slavery then were very difficult to oppose because they were in control.

            Slavery was imposed on the United States by outside forces for commercial gain and the people promoting this had all the power at the time. It took a long time for the people of the United States to throw off this yoke. But throw it off we did.

      • Even slaves own themselves. They choose not to kill themselves rather than be slaves. Many who others have attempted to enslave have killed themselves rather that live as slaves. Equally so the earlier settlers, note that everyone living in North America is an immigrant, some families go farther back, but still…

    • That’s John Locke’s argument for the Carolina constitution, thoroughly debunked by Leibniz, then.
      The USA is the only country founded on the pursuit of happiness, from Leibniz. The Confederates tried to change that to “property”. A slave, as property, cannot pursue happiness, get it?

      It is quite incredible how the Brits still push Locke in the face of all history. And they say fake news is a new thing? They make CNN look like rank amteur stooges.

  13. 243 years ago today the USA crashed out of the British Empire without a deal……

    • Hopefully we will crash out of the EU on 31/10, that will be our Independence Day. Meanwhile have a great Independence Day and best wishes to our friends and ally on the other side of the Atlantic!

    • Not so fast. There are many indications that, in spite of Brexit, the European Defense Union is going right ahead full steam (Blair and Leyen echo each other).
      Yet, when the Brits again attacked the USA in 1812, which Trump reminded Trudeau about, it should be clear the “clean break” is an ongoing proposition. Which is why I see Brexit as a process. Italy is a big part of this.
      So where is all this leading? To something very big, a global new paradigm.

  14. Re “”A happy little debunker”” A interesting point.

    If the USA had remained British you would have continued to receive the
    excess of convicts from the UK as was happening. One wonders if
    the black slave trade would have existed if you had already plenty of white
    slaves. Instead the British looked around and decided to send them to
    Australia instead.

    Not sure if Australia would have remained British, the Dutch and the French
    were taking a interest in the place, the French were in a research vessel in today’s Tasmania when the British claimed the place for King George, in fact as
    their gunpowder was damp they ha to row to the French ship for enough
    to fire their cannot as part of the claiming business. The French were said
    to be very amused. Research vessels were allowed anywhere even if
    countries were at war.

    Back then Tasmania was known as Van Demonds Land, so the Dutch would
    have had a good claim, but they instead decided to grab what is today the
    Indonesian Island chain. The name Tasmania is named after Abel Tasman,
    a Dutch sea captain who found it for the Europeans.

    Australia was and still is a harsh and hot dry land. It needed Slave
    Labour to get it started.

    MJE VK5ELL

  15. Happy Independence Day USA. The pursuit of freedom individual happiness and protection of property rights remains key to the strength of the Anglo-sphere’s core values . We need you to remain strong.

  16. We have similar issues here in Australia. Our national celebration, Australia Day has been hijacked by the virtue signalling, politically correct neo-left. They want to rename Australia Day, Invasion Day, with some local leftist councils refusing to fly flags and set off fireworks. Our day of honour for our veterans, ANZCA Day they want to be called War Rape day where only women not veterans can march in the parades.

    • Yes of course because just the existence of white people itself is racism to these people.

    • “They want to rename Australia Day, Invasion Day,”

      These goofy Lefties never give up, do they. It’s all about promoting victimhood for the Left. They need to find a victim they can represent and if they can’t find a legitimate one, then they make one up. Victimhood is essential to their political power.

    • Neil – do you want to deny that the British invaded Australia, massacred the aborigines, stole their
      land etc. Australia has a shameful past of racism — remember that it is wasn’t 1983 that the commonwealth electoral act was amended to give Indigenous Australians the same voting rights as
      everyone else. Australians have a lot to proud about but our treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is not one of those and rather we should be ashamed about that and honestly remember the evil done by early settlers.

      • Izaak – do you want to over turn the entire Mabo Legislation?

        Mabo revolves around the acceptance that Australia was colonised. In a very general explanation it means that ‘my family have been living here for generations, ergo I still have a right’. This is the entire corner stone of the law.

        Now if you state that Australia was NOT colonised but instead invaded then you remove this corner stone. It no longer matters if someone’s family had been living there for generations, because they were legally removed by right of conquest.

        (Prior right of conquest is recognised by the UN btw. It was an agreement made in order to define where the boundaries of nations start and finished. International Law. You can’t start a new conquest, but what is done is done and LEGAL.)

        So, if you want to push the entire invasion story then go ahead. All of Australia will belong to post 1788 Australians and everyone before will be formally losers who’s rights revolve purely around the mercy of the victors. Native Title will be removed over night. To claim otherwise would be like suggesting that the USA still maintains the Queen as Sovereign because if wars of conquest are null and void, then so are wars of independence.

        Australia has a lot to be proud of, and… yeap, that’s it. If YOU want to be ashamed of something then maybe you can feel guilt at night over all those who turn a blind eye to human suffering and abuse in the name of ‘Respecting their Traditional Culture’.

        Also, I have no idea what latte you pulled 1983 out of. Are you attempting to deny the existence of Neville Bonner? Claim he wasn’t indigenous or was never a member of Federal Parliament? Do you deny the 1962 amendments to the Electoral Act put in by the Menzies government? Or you subscribe to the myth that Australian leadership started and ended with Gough?

        You are an interesting person, Izaak.

        • Craig,
          I am now sure who exactly has accepted that Australia was colonised. Again I would guess you
          mean the white males sitting on the High Court. Asking an Indigenous Australian whether they were colonised or invaded would get you a very different answer. What exactly do you think the difference is? Or do you really want to claim that the English did not invade Australia in1788?

          As for overturning the Native Title act that would depend on what replaces it. There could be a whole host of legislative avenues that would be better than the Native Title act and there could be a lot that would be worse.
          One approach could be to establish treaties with Indigenous peoples like Victoria has done. This could include
          recognising that indigenous people have historical land rights over urban areas for which they deserve compensation.

          The reference to 1983 was when voting became compulsory for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. So while they
          did get the vote in 1962 and were only included in the census in 1971 in was only in 1983 that they were treated equally in regards voting rights with other Australians.

          Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders still have a life expectancy that is more than 10 years shorter than white
          Australians. This is nothing to be proud about and is something we should be ashamed about. Australia is far from
          perfect and an honest patriot would admit that and try and fix it.

        • Geez, semantics much, Craig. Surely we now venture into legal nitpicking as to the correct phrasing to be used.

          No doubt in the bloody world it was an invasion.

          People with better weapons and firepower walk in and take your land, then kick you out of it; to you, that’s an invasion. No one ever stated that the definition of an invasion necessitated the use of gunpowder on BOTH sides.

      • Izaak, you really need to look deep within yourself to find the cause of all of your self-hatred.

        • John,
          When is acknowledging wrongs done in the past self-hatred? Socrates said that wisdom comes from knowing yourself. Which includes both the good and the bad.

      • “do you want to deny that the British invaded Australia”
        Hardly an invasion when nobody wanted to be here, the convicts certainly didn’t and neither did the soldiers and sailors. I little talked about fact is that the majority of the first fleet both oppressed and oppressors eventually returned to England. If you want to claim it as an ‘invasion’ and a ‘frontier war’, ever heard the term to the victors go the spoils.

        Aboriginals were given federal voting rights in 1962 then the states followed WA was the last I think in 1965. The reason it wasn’t earlier was because you had to be a citizen to vote and Australians were British citizens until 1949 when Australian citizenship was introduced. The catch was you had to have at least one parent who was a citizen to qualify, which most Aboriginals, Chinese, Americans etc. didn’t. It wasn’t until the 1967 referendum that everyone born in Australia (not just Aboriginals) qualified as citizens.

  17. All things change, nothing more so than the mind of poorly educated socialist. Happy Independence Day. It will require far more effort than has been given in the past to keep that freedom and independence.

  18. I prefer to think that Independence Day calls for APPRECIATION AND GIVING HONOR TO OUR FOUNDERS, rather than a day for expressing personal pride. Pride is, actually, in western Judeo-Christian culture, considered a great sin and a failing, not a virtue, being specifically named as one of the “seven deadly sins”.

    We who live today did not cast off the shackles of British oppression. We did not create for the first time in history a modern nation dedicated to the notion of inherent human rights, and that “all men are created equal” and in declaring independence at the known risk, indeed probability, that by declaring independence we were declaring death sentences upon us all.

    Our founders and forebears did that, not us. We are proud of them, but it is not about us.

    Rather, Independence Day is a day to celebrate and appreciate what our Founders sacrificed and risked to create and then bequeath us a free nation .. and to also express appreciation for their successors in each generation hence, who have continued to sacrifice and risk all to keep the idea of a free America a reality.

    Appreciation, not pride.

    • While you’re at it you might thank ol’ George the third and the other British for chasing the French out of America. Might have been a much different story except for that. After all, recouping the losses from the endeavor was what caused the taxation and ultimately for the whole thing to blow up into revolution. No?

      • The French didn’t leave America. Ever hear of Quebec? Or Louisiana? Or the several French colonies in the Caribbean?

        Most of the fighting men engaged in the American theater of the global Seven Years War between France and England were actually not British soldiers, but American militias and confederated Indian tribes.

        The suppression of the British colonies in America was not to “pay for the French and Indian War”, as the British pretended it to be. Primarily the American Revolution was the result of competition from Britain’s Caribbean sugar growers, who took over a majority of Parliament via the purchase of “rotten boroughs” – in other words, via rank corruption by rich British sugar growers who were fearful that the American colonies were outstripping them economically – which of course they were – and so being in control of Parliament they made a decided policy of taxing the Anerican colonies and, much more harmful, also restricting the Americans’ commerce with other nations who were anxious to trade with the Americans. Parliament required Americans to only sell their goods at low fixed prices to Britons, and forced Americans to only purchase British goods at highly inflated prices and in many instances poor quality.

        In other words, British greed and corruption were the primary cause of the American Revolution.

        And of course, as soon as the Americans won our Revolutionary War, the Caribbean sugar growers lost much of their power, which is what a couple decades later resulted in the final dagger in their collective hearts – the outlawing by Parliament of the slave trade .. followed still later by the Parliament outlawing the institution of slavery itself in the British colonies and throughout the entire world.

        • A large dose of fake news there : Britain refused American manufacturing, forcing it into a raw-material mode with tarrifs. That is all made extremely clear by Alexander Hamilton’s American System writings, and the Federalist Papers.
          Have a look at Friedrich List’s American System of Political Economy, in English and German – it shows exactly how the British Empire functioned. This work gave Bismarck the ideas for an economic revolution after the Confederacy was defeated.

      • Uh, Lee L. , The majority of the forces that did that were the American colonists. One of the more notable units was Rogers Rangers but there were many others from all the colonies that served in uniform for the Crown and they outnumbered British regulars in the fights to oust the French and kill or subdue their Indian allies.

        BTW if we were going to thank any country for helping us gain our independence it would be France. When one includes the blockading French fleet, there were more Frenchmen at Yorktown than Colonials and militia.

        Now back to Rogers Rangers. The leader of that 600 man unit was Robert Rodgers. To establish SOPs and discipline he wrote “Rogers Rules for Ranging.” To this day an abbreviated and adapted version Rogers rules appears on the inside cover of the US Army Rangers Handbook. The fundamentals of Infantry patrolling are still the same as they were when Rogers wrote his rules in 1789. Here they are:

        1. Don’t forget nothing.
        2. Have your musket clean as a whistle, hatchet scoured, sixty rounds powder and ball, and be ready to march at a minute’s warning.
        3. When you are on the march, act the way you would if you were sneaking up on a deer. See the enemy first.
        4. Tell the truth about what you see and what you do. There is an army depending on us for correct information. You can lie all you please when you tell other folks about the rangers, but don’t never lie to a ranger or officer.
        5. Don’t never take a chance you don’t have to.
        6. When we’re on march we march single file, far enough apart so no one shot can go through two men.
        7. If we strike swamps, or soft ground, we spread out abreast, so it’s hard to track us.
        8. When we march, we keep moving till dark, so as to give the enemy the least possible chance at us.
        9. When we camp, half the party stays awake while the other half sleeps.
        10. If we take prisoners, we keep ‘em separate till we have time to examine them, so they can’t cook up a story between ‘em.
        11. Don’t ever march home the same way. Take a different route so you won’t be ambushed.
        12. No matter whether we travel in big parties or little ones, each party has to keep a scout 20 yards ahead, 20 yards on each flank, and 20 yards in the rear, so the main body can’t be surprised and wiped out.
        13. Every night you’ll be told where to meet if surrounded by a superior force.
        14. Don’t sit down to eat without posting sentries.
        15. Don’t sleep beyond dawn. Dawn’s when the French and Indians attack.
        16. Don’t cross a river at a regular ford.
        17. If somebody’s trailing you, make a circle, come back onto your own tracks, and ambush the folks that aim to ambush you.
        18. Don’t stand up when the enemy’s coming against you. Kneel down, lie down, hide behind a tree.
        19. Let the enemy come till he’s almost close enough to touch. Then let him have it and jump out and finish him up with your hatchet.

        • Don’t know how that ended up there. BTW there were 28 of Rogers original orders. The version above is what appears in the US Army Ranger handbook.

        • Duane July 4, 2019 at 6:50 pm
          My point entirely whizzed over your head
          ————————————————————————
          No it didn’t!

          I am questioning the point of your entire message. You summed up that point you were making at the end by writing “Appreciation NOT pride” (caps mine for emphasis).

          And so I was wondering, if the 4th of July is not an appropriated day for taking pride in the USA, then what day(s) you think it is appropriate to take pride in our country and the fruits from the founders and those that came after have provided for us all and so many others around this world, and of course the little bit some us alive now may have contributed to that?

          BTW the T shirt I wore yesterday for putting off the fireworks at my place said “American Pride”.

          And, as I suspected you would, you dodged that simple and direct question just as I suspect you still won’t answer it in response to me asking it again.

    • “Rather, Independence Day is a day to celebrate and appreciate what our Founders sacrificed and risked to create and then bequeath us a free nation”

      And to appreciate what a good job they really did.

      They were trying to create a form of government that was resistant to dictators taking them over, and so far, their system has stood up to the task, although Barack Obama and Hillary and the Democrats almost destroyed our Constitution with their illegal activities aimed at preventing Trump from being elected and then trying to undermine him when he was.

      Fortunately, we got lucky and the forces of evil were not able to oust Trump, mainly because Trump is innocent of every charge, and we now have a U.S. Attorney General who recognizes the danger to our form of governmet posed by these illegal activities by the Obama administration and he is going to expose this criminality for all to see, and this will strenthen our Republic.

      Meanwhile, the Democrat Party carries on the effort to undermine a duly elected President. But I think they are going to lose bigtime in the coming 2020 elections because of their behavior. They obviously don’t think their current behavior will do them harm, otherwise they wouldn’t do it, but we’ll see.

      Trump got elected in a similar atmosphere with 63 millions supporters. I believe Trump has a lot more than 63 million supporters now. We’ll know soon enough. Maybe a landslide victory like Reagan got in 1984 (won 49 out of 50 states) will shut the radical Democrats up and make them come to their senses. Well, that might be too much to ask, but maybe they’ll shut up a little if they realize they don’t command as much public support as they thought they did.

      Everybody get out and vote. We need to put up big numbers next time

      • Hi Tom,
        I am curious to know exactly what illegal activities you think President Obama, Hilary Clinton and the democrats are guilty of. I mean it wouldn’t be anything like paying off a prostitute about an alleged affair or meeting with Russians to try and get information about the opposition and then lying about it to the FBI would it?

        As for whether or not Trump was innocent Mueller himself said that firstly the Justice department prohibits the prosecution of a sitting president and therefore he could no indict him. Secondly he stated “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,”

        • They are guilty of using British intelligence, remember Christopher Steels’s dodgy dossier, to topple a duly elected US president. That used to be called treason, and Trump tweeted that’s what it was, indeed.
          Anyone remember the first press conference with Mrs. May? And that quiet quip “There goes the special relationship”.
          And Mueller? A amoral legal hitman. Trump was his second target, he got the full assault of that special presecutor. Two years of damage to a presidency.

          • “Two years of damage to a presidency.”

            Yes, perhaps without that damage, we might have already made a deal with Kim Jung Un to denuclearize North Korea. As it stands now, it probably won’t be before North Korea sees whether Trump wins reelection or not. That probably applies to a lot of deals in the works with a lot of different people. The Democrats make the future look uncertain and this affects how others do business and politics with us.

            A United America would do wonders for our foreign policy. Unfortunately, we are not going to get any of that in the shortterm. Fortunately, Trump is doing a good job on foreign policy despite the undermining.

          • It now appears the “Steele dossier” was not an attempt to topple the president elect. It was an attempt to cover up the fact that the FBI and various US intelligence had began illegal surveillance and intelligence activities of Trump and his campaign several months before the dossier was produced or any FISA warrants issued. The dossier was used to get warrants to provide a fig leaf to cover up illegal surveillance and “counter intelligence” activities that had already occurred.
            https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/07/05/report-new-horowitz-witness-likely-kathleen-kavalec-agrees-to-talk-to-ig-investigators/#more-165933

        • “Hi Tom,
          I am curious to know exactly what illegal activities you think President Obama, Hilary Clinton and the democrats are guilty of.”

          Well, if Obama was directing this attack on Trump using the FBI and the DOJ in a manner to illegally spy on the Trump campaign and presidency in an effort to undermine his election, then Obama is guilty of sedition and treason, since it looks like foreign powers were involved in aspects of this attack on the U.S. Constitution.

          I would say Hillary is a co-conspirator. In other words, I believe she was aware of the plan to illegally spy on Trump. And of course, she is the sponsor of the British/Russian “Dirty Dossier” which is what the Obama administration used to get a warrant to spy on Trump administration officials even though everyone involved knew it was completely unverified. Everyone that is except for the FISA Court judge who authorized the spying. The FBI deliberately lied to the judge to get the authorization. Everyone involved in this are guilty of criminal acts.

          It’s sedition pure and smiple.

          As for the Democrat Paty in general, they are not doing anything criminal that I know of right now, they are just abusing their congressional powers in a maximum effort to undermine Trump. They don’t seem to understand, or don’t care, that when they undermine Trump, they undermine the United States, too. That’s their crime.

          The next question to ask is: Did Barack Obama do enough to insulate himself from this scandal? Time will tell. I don’t think it looks good for him and his minions. They thought they had the election of Hillary in the bag and apparently were a little careless in covering their tracks. Maybe that applies to Obama, too.

          Sedition. Treason. Democrat Party.

        • “Secondly he stated “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,”

          I thought that was funny. Mueller found Trump “Not, not guilty” of obstruction of justice!

          When the Mueller report came out that’s what convinced me that Mueller was also in on the effort to undermine Trump. Part two of his report is blatantly political and made to order for the Democrats to distort the truth.

      • But while Mueller may not have found any evidence that Trump associates conspired with Russia to interfere in the election, they nonetheless had a lot of contact with Russians leading up to Election Day. In fact, investigators have found that Trump and at least 17 of his campaign officials and advisors had more than 100 contacts with Russians, belying the campaign’s November 2016 claim that “there was no communication between the campaign and any foreign entity during the campaign.”

        https://time.com/5572821/donald-trump-russia-contacts/

        • Mrs.May’s face showed it all when shaking a hand with Vladimir Putin at the G20. Guess who was smiling?
          May is going off to promote climate change, while Putin, Trump, Xi get on with real politics.

          Mueller is all used up,

        • That’s from Integrity Initiative, US office. A branch of British Intelligence Institute for Statecraft.

          The Russiagate hoax is a gone bunny.

  19. As we celebrate, let’s not forget that our founding documents will only be words on paper, if they are not also written on our hearts. Many influential people in the US today pay only lip service to America’s first principles, while upon their hearts is written something starkly different.

    • American classrooms need to be teaching history and civics again. I think the Left taking over American schools is one of the more dangerous problems we face as a nation. Schools have become brainwashing centers promoting Leftist ideology, not education centers.

  20. Just jotted off a note to our local newspaper. Others might share the sentiment:

    The question is attributed to a variety of individuals, all the way back to Martin Luther: “Why should the devil have all the best tunes?”

    I am reminded of this after hearing the most unwelcome news that some extreme political group has attempted to misappropriate the Betsy Ross flag as their own icon. Sorry, I am disinclined to let them have it.

    Why should the devil have the best flags?

    • I have a “Betsy Ross” flag that I got via the NRA a couple of decades ago. I fly it every 4th of July.
      When I heard the stuff about Nike and Colon Ki…whatever his name is, I put it up early.
      He implied it was a symbol of slavery so Nike pulled a shoe which featured it so as not to offend anybody.
      I put up early because it is NOT a symbol of slavery but a symbol of the beginnings of Freedom.

      • The Betsy Ross flag has in its top corner a blue background with a ring of stars. What does that remind me of? Oh, the EU flag.

    • Betsy Ross was an Abolitionist. She wanted slavery abolished. The people who try to make her 13-star flag out to be racist are ridiculous and harm the public dialogue.

      • Many “progressives” seem to be of “I want it NOW!” mind set. Some are now going so far as “I want it THEN!”.
        Such ignore or are ignorant of what “progress” really means.

  21. 60 years of leftist indoctrination in public schools has convinced a huge chunk of people that believing in freedom, equal rights, the rule of law, and America in general is evil. These people have been trained to think that America itself is a white supremacist country that needs to be destroyed and everything about it needs to be ripped out from the roots all for the glory of the eternal revolution.

  22. Happy 243rd Birthday America. The world will never be the same without your shining beacon of light. Don’t ever let this light be extinguished or we will break faith with those who died for thee and all our freedoms we cherish. This requires the constant attention and devotion of all citizens to keep this shining beacon of light alive so that the whole world one day will also enjoy these individual freedoms to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    There is a story, often told, that upon exiting the Constitutional Convention Benjamin Franklin was approached by a group of citizens asking what sort of government the delegates had created. His answer was: “A republic, if you can keep it.”

  23. I just hope American Greens are celebrating with fireworks that don’t emit CO2.

    If not they are hypocrites.

    Hmmm, they’re hypocritical about everything else, so I guess they enjoyed the fireworks, just as much as “deniers”.

  24. Happy Independence Day!!!

    Always like the fireworks, and a hot dog and/or hamburger is a treat.

    The fireworks are the highlight of my 4th every year. Until I was much older, I did not realize that the tradition dated back to the Revolution itself. I always associated fireworks with annual celebrations after Ft McHenry

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_McHenry

    And a phrase from our anthem written there has occupied a special few bytes of storage in my non-volatile memory.

    In my profession, it was been oft stated that the job involved hours and hours of boredom, separated by a few seconds of stark terror. I saw many “fireworks” in my two tours, but the one display that is burned into ROM came the day after Christmas in 1972.

    The U.S. had stood down for Christmas day, but the other guys had not. On the way into and over Hanoi that day we saw more flak and missile launches than the previous 4 days before Christmas.

    About a minute before drop we got strong warning signals that a missile site was aiming at us. and then the “launch” buzzer went off. Up thru the undercast zoomed a SA-2 missile and seemingly blew up at the flight ahead of ours. Big, ugly fireball and then smoke. My heart sunk. We were zipping along about a mile and a half behind, so went thru the smoke about 8 or so seconds later. All of us feared that several of our friends up ahead were gone.

    But as we came around/thru the smoke there they were!!!! 8 of our friends still in formation, about to drop. And first thot in my mind as I made my last second switch checks was

    And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
    Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

    I pray that most will never have to face the “fireworks” that I and my friends have. And am damned glad there a few that keep on keeping on to minimize that from happening.

    Gums sends…

    • Some are complaining about tanks being part of this years DC 4th of July.
      Not me.
      Freedom isn’t free.
      Thanks for your service, Gums.

  25. We Americans are so blessed to have our freedoms. Freedoms that so may have fought and died for. Howwever, we must remain ever vigilant and each one of us must be prepared to fight to keep our freedoms. As Thomas Jefferson said, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

  26. “In the early years of the United States, the Fourth of July was a sacred day to celebrate the first nation in history founded on individual freedom.”

    Individual freedom. That is what we citizens of the United States celebrate.

    Individual freedom. That is what the left hates!

    The trashing of the United States by the left has nothing to do with slavery or racism or our wars or our character or patriarchy or any of the things the left shouts about. They are all false flags. The proof of this is in how the left treats group members that break from their assigned group and step out as individual thinkers. Across the board, such individuals are viciously attacked by the left, regardless if they are female, black, hispanic, gay or any other minority. Once they leave the group and abandon groupthink, they are the enemy.

    A socialist dystopia cannot exist in a society that celebrates individual freedom. A socialist dystopia can only exist in a population that has succumbed to groupthink. The issues of the left are just exercises in establishing groupthink philosophy into the mindset of America. That is the real battle going on here, and that is why they hate Independence Day.

    In order for their dream world to come to the United States, the philosophy of individualism must be demonized and eradicated from the American psyche. So with every sparkling explosion I see tonight, I will celebrate my freedom…while I still can.

    • Don’t be annoyed, have some pity on us. It is just our jealousy that you have your have your independence , and ours, although democratically voted for, has been thwarted by an unspeakable cabal of greedy financiers, a crooked media and the most pathetic PM in the history of Westminster.
      Have a nice (Independence) Day . Sigh.

        • That’s right. We would be heading down the same socialist road the EU is traveling had Hillary been elected. Open borders; no fossil fuels, huge taxpayer money giveaways, and a rigging of the election system to guarantee socialists continue to hold the presidency in perpetuity.

          Yeah, we would have pretty much been screwed, in so many areas, had Hillary been elected. Trump has delayed that crisis for a while but it’s going to be up to all of us to prevent the socialists from stealing our nation in the future. They won’t quit trying. They failed this time but they will do a better job next time. Unless we put a few of them in jail as examples for the next time.

  27. I have no problem with a country celebrating its worth on the planet. Let’s just hope Trump makes it about the US, not about himself.

    • Well, Trump gave a short, to the point speech, and I didn’t hear anything of a partisan nature in it.

      No doubt Democrats will be able to twist something he said into a controversy. They are good at doing that. They’ve had lots of practice.

      • “Orange Man bad.”

        There. Saved you from having to watch the news for the next 5 1/2 years, Tom.

        (No winky. That’s pretty much all the Yellow Stream Media reports.)

  28. On June 21, 1788, the Constitution became the official framework of the government of the United States of America when New Hampshire became the ninth of 13 states to ratify it.

    Until this date the United States of America did not exist.
    That, then is the real birthday of the USA.
    I think of July 4, 1776 as the beginning of the beginning;
    and June 21, 1788 as the end of the beginning.

    On the other hand, our flag is flying today.

    • John,
      How do you square your claim that the United States of America did not exist until the Constitution of 1787, with the very words of the Declaration of Independence?

      In Congress, July 4, 1776.

      The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America…

      Or the Articles of Confederation (1777):

      Whereas the Delegates of the United States of America, in Congress assembled…

        • Sorry, No Sale.

          Arguing that the United States of America did not yet exist prior to 1787, although explicitly self-described in the Articles of Confederation of 1777, or that the non-capitalization of the word united in the Declaration of Independence of 1776 reflected a desire to avoid actual union, is sophistry akin to claims that an unborn child is not yet human.

          The federal Union has evolved over time, to be sure. The current state of our Union would in fact not be entirely recognizable to the founders as their handiwork. It would be about as different from their conception (to the opposite extreme) as the weak Confederation that had defined the United States of America in the nation’s infancy. We are verging on the complete negation of their original intent, with unaccountable, unelected bureaucrats ruling minor details of our lives and a nearly all-inclusive interpretation of the interstate commerce clause allowing what was intended to be a strictly limited central government to run roughshod over the sovereignty of the states, negating the 10th amendment, that all powers not explicitly granted to the federal government are retained by the states and the people.

          This has come to the point where I dare say most Americans think that the word “federal” means national or supreme rather than its accurate meaning as relating to an association of sovereign states interacting in defined and limited ways.

          The Anti-Federalists were ironically defenders of federalism and it was their great contribution to force the Bill of Rights limiting the power of the national government. The Federalists were in favor of a stronger national government which implied a less federal nature. It was their great contribution to rescue the young nation from dysfunction, to create a more perfect union. I honor both factions for their contributions. Together they brought the United States of America, a nation formed in 1776, out of its infancy and into its early childhood.

          • Exactly right. The Federalists were so sure the truths of individual liberty would be expressed and self evident in the base document Constitution there was no need for a BOR. The Constitution was only ratified because the Federalists made gentleman’s agreement with the Anti-Federalists to include at BOR in the first Congress. My founder ancestor, George Clymer, was one of only 8 men that signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. That relatively small number of signatories of both documents gives a hint of just how long and arduous the period was from the time between the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the ratification of the Constitution (June 21, 1788). Twelve years was a long time in a era when even without factoring in infant mortality the average life expectancy was 36-40 years.

  29. The hullabaloo over Trump’s “militaristic” 4th of July display is so ridiculously disingenuous… like everything else from the whiney left. Consider the annual event called “fleet week” held here in the SF Bay Area. A parade of “militaristic” aircraft carriers, destroyers, submarines … and the Piece de resistance … a window-rattling flyover by the Blue Angels. Trump’s display is no more “offensive” than our annual “fleet week” festivities. Leftist (D’s) are such JOKES. Their TDS has rendered them insane, and dim witted.

    • Trump isn’t doing anything that past presidents haven’t done. There have been plenty of military parades like this. Eisenhower had tanks rolling down the streets of DC and just about every president since him has had some kind of military display during celebrations.

      It goes to show just how hypocritical and disengenuous the Radical Left really is.

  30. Out Teacher Education Programs across the country have become Socialist anti-American indoctrination centers. The teachers that are churned out of most of these programs are pretty enthusiastic about destroying this nation. They don’t see it that way, but the whole basket of unAmerican social theories that they are promoting is damaging to the fundamental strengths of our nation…and attacking the very idea of strong (ne rugged) individualism and individual freedom. Individualism and the rights of individuals is the bedrock of our legal and economic systems. This is seen as evil and is being cast aside in favor of groupism. Group identity politics has sown the seeds of disaster.

    The problem has become bad enough that it’s time to rethink the whole idea of government sponsorship of education. Government schools are a failure for all but the brightest students…and these bright students could all have achieved k-12 in 8 years or less. Unmotivated students get next to nothing worthwhile out of school…a nearly total waste of time and money.

    Far from just failing to get the job done (i.e. preparing kids to prosper in the real world), our schools have now become a wellspring of destructive toxic socialist indoctrination.

    The future of education will probably revolve around a synthesis of online instruction and virtual reality. Bricks and mortar and ill educated “teacher propagandists “will not be needed.

  31. Re. my two previous comments about the USA. I watched our ABC, the
    taxpayer funded public broadcaster over their coverage of Trumps big day.

    So who did they speak to, why the Democrats of course, who said that they
    did not approve.

    I think that Pres. Trump having seen how the French celebrate Bastille
    Day, liked what he saw and decided to copy it. Good on him.

    A final point, back in 1890 here in Australia there was a movement for
    Australia to have self government, an then to b e fully independent , but
    to be a part of the Commonwealth. Back then that was our sort of EU,
    a economic union,.

    Now the UK had been good for Australia helping us over the early bad
    years, we nearly starved back then. But it was now time for us to stand on
    our own two feet.

    So many hundreds of meetings took place throughout Australia as to what
    sort of government we wanted. We decided to take the best of the USA
    system and the best of the UK system.

    The final document was sent to the UK and it was later reported that the UK
    foreign office was horrified at the proposal, not what they thought was best.
    But wiser heads said if that is what they want then let them have it.

    Now just like the USA we later found a few bits that were not quite perfect,
    but overall its a very good form of government and we, just like the USA
    should celebrate it. That was in 1901, so we are a young country.

    So our thanks to the USA for the bits that we took from you, I think we got
    the best of both countries.

    MJE VK5ELL

  32. The Left coast couldn’t handle it: right at the end of the “Salute to America” they broke, ie had a 6.4
    mag earthquake in california.

  33. The United States is so important to the entire (free) world, every other country whose constitutions and political systems are also founded on freedom and liberty should celebrate the 4th of July as well! Because without America, the rest of the free world would have been lost to fascism and oppression. We all owe the United States a debt of gratitude. I would be a proud patriot myself should I have been privileged to be born American. I’m a proud Kiwi who knows what side his bread is buttered on. But I truly admire the United States of America. I would 100 percent vote for Trump if I could! Sadly, so many (mostly young) Americans now have lost sight of what truly matters, like freedom and liberty, freedom of speech and freedom of movement and association; they have no sense or appreciation of their own history, or how and why they are so privileged to enjoy the pampered lives they live. They clamour for socialism and for the end of their own freedoms which they take for granted. They despise all that’s good and trample on the Constitution, the very thing that gives them the right and freedom to complain and protest against it. They have no idea how fragile it all is. Thank God for the United States!

  34. All is not well with the US economy.
    Here is Trump’s Fox July 1 interview on the breakdown in CA :
    “It’s very sad. It’s a phenomenon that
    started two years ago. It’s disgraceful…. I’m looking at it
    very seriously, because you can’t do that. You can’t have what’s
    happening, where police officers are getting sick just by walking
    the beat …, where people are getting sick, where the people are
    living in hell…. They cannot do that. They cannot ruin our
    cities. You have people that work in those cities. They work in
    office buildings, and to get into the building, they have to walk
    through a scene that nobody would have believed possible three
    years ago.
    “This is the liberal establishment. This is what I’m
    fighting…. I had a situation when I first became President, we
    had certain areas of Washington, D.C., where that was starting to
    happen, and I ended it very quickly. I said, `You can’t do that.’
    “So we’re looking at it very seriously. We may intercede. We
    may do something to get that whole thing cleaned up…. But the
    thing that nobody can figure out is, do these governors or
    mayors, do they really think this is a positive? Do they really
    think this is OK? Because it’s not. It’s destroying their city,
    and destroying a whole way of life, and it’s not our country.
    It’s not what our country is all about.”

    A very timely admission.

    • Trump tells the truth again.

      I hope he does clean up those problems even though it will require giving some money to Democrats. It’s unbelievable the Democrats let this situation get this bad in the first place.

  35. All the bad things America has ever done don’t even come close to the massive overwhelming positive impact this country has had on the entire world. And it was the constitution above all other things which not only enabled those events but literally caused them to happen. The United States constitution was not only a framework of law but represented a true and mathematical understanding of human nature by our founders. This statement is borne out in the federalist papers among numerous other writings and speeches of the time. It remains a truly human document rooted firmly in individual liberties and freedom from government. The freedom to succeed resulted in an unleashing of the individuals power over science and nature the likes of which has never been seen.

    Today, the government institutions fight against the amazingly successful circumstances our constitution was designed to create. The same things our founders warned of are actually happening hundreds of years later, yet fools somehow imagine that America is the problem while they themselves fail to grasp the complexities of our founders thought. Our government controlled schools have done a good job in indoctrination of our children to the liberal cause of central control over the human condition and the erosion of our founding principles. Most don’t even try to understand the history of folks like Jefferson, Washington or Adams preferring the shallowness of face book over actual thought. Like AOC, they are completely certain in their infallibility and remain logically unreachable.

    Very, very disappointing.

    • If only there was some way to properly and legally require our elected representatives and the members of the DC sewer to uphold their oath of office
      Oath of Office for Congress:
      “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God. “

  36. Watched the video last evening, here in Vancouver, B.C.
    Statesmanship and patriotism with flybys timed to punctuate going from the Coast Guard to the other services.
    Outstanding!
    And good showmanship as well.
    “Semper Fi”, indeed.

  37. I admire my British cousins. Your relatively tiny beautiful islands have so much and such a long history but it seems to me the events that have led you to the conditions that set the course of moving towards full blown socialism can pretty much be traced back to the relatively short period of the events of the last century starting with the losses of WW I and proceeding through the Great Depression, and WW II. When you voted Churchill out the course was set, with perhaps a bit of a pause under the “Iron Maiden” (Margret Thatcher). How you will change the course of your ship, I don’t know, but I believe it will change to a better course and the rejection of the EU and governance by a permanent external elite supported by domestic Quislings is a fight you shall win that will start that change of course. May there always be a free and independent Britannia!

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