Happy Fourth of July!

July 4, 2014

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It’s Independence Day here in the US, in which we celebrate our break with the British Empire. We’re 238 years old and, despite what some sanctimonious Lefty scolds might think, I think we’ve done pretty darned good. We’re not without our problems or faults, some of them serious, but I continue to believe America is exceptional among the nations of the world and that we are indeed a force for good. If you’re looking for some good Independence Day reading, there’s always the Declaration of Independence itself. Think of it as a short ideological summation of who and why we are.

Then there’s the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which function as a citizen’s “owner’s manual.” And yes, to those of you in other countries raising an eyebrow about now, we do tend to place those documents on a pedestal. You have to admit, however, they’ve worked well for over two centuries. How many republics and constitutions has France had in that time?

Gosh, it’s become quiet…. Winking

By the way, at The Federalist, John Daniel Davidson asks us to consider how the Declaration’s list of King George’s offenses against the (then English) constitutional order and the rights of the American people might well also apply to President Obama.

A lot’s been written around the Web about today on the meaning of Independence day, so I’ll spare you my musings. Instead, I want to leave you with the thoughts of historian Victor Davis Hanson (1) who, writing in National Review in 2008 (2) at a time of growing national discord, wanted to remind us that things often had been much worse and that, on that 4th of July six years ago, we could use a little perspective:

On this troubled Fourth we still should remember this is not 1776 when
New York was in British hands and Americans in retreat across the
state. It is not 1814 when the British burned Washington and the entire
system of national credit collapsed — or July 4, 1863 when Americans
awoke to news that 8,000 Americans had just been killed at Gettysburg.


We are not in 1932 when unemployment was still over 20 percent of the
work force, and industrial production was less than half of what it had
been just three years earlier, or July, 1942, when tens of thousands of
American were dying in convoys and B-17s, and on islands of the Pacific
in an existential war against Germany, Japan, and Italy.

Thank
God it is not mid-summer 1950, when Seoul was overrun and arriving
American troops were overwhelmed by Communist forces as they rushed in
to save a crumbling South Korea. We are not in 1968 when the country
was torn apart by the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of Martin
Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, and the riots at the Democratic
convention in Chicago. And we are not even in the waning days of 1979,
a year in which the American embassy was seized in Tehran and hostages
taken, the Soviets were invading Afghanistan, thousands were still
being murdered in Cambodia, Communism was on the march in Central
America, and our president was blaming our near 6-percent unemployment,
8-percent inflation, 15-percent interest rates, and weakening
international profile on our own collective “malaise.”

We
live in the most prosperous and most free years of a wonderful
republic, and can easily rectify our present crises that are largely of
our own making and a result of the stupefying effects of our
unprecedented wealth and leisure. Instead of endless recriminations and
self-pity — of anger that our past was merely good rather than perfect
as we now demand — we need to give thanks this Fourth of July to our
ancestors who created our Constitution and Bill of Rights, and suffered
miseries beyond our comprehension as they bequeathed to us most of the
present wealth, leisure, and freedom we take for granted.

Still holds true, I think.

Happy 4th of July, folks. Enjoy the hot dogs and fireworks.  smiley us flag

RELATED: Also from 2008, a love-letter to America. I mentioned yesterday a point of view that sees the American Revolution as a second English Civil War. It’s an opinion with some merit, I think, given that the Patriots saw themselves as defenders of rights granted under the Bill of Rights of 1689. Continuing that theme at National Review, Daniel Hannan, a British MEP who’s more of a Patriot than many Americans I know these days, writes about the meaning of the forgotten flag of the American Revolution. Also at NR, British emigrant to America Charles Cooke considers the civil war of 1776. Cooke’s articles should be on your must-reading list. On American exceptionalism, Jonah Goldberg looks at how progressives really resent it. Finally, Salena Zito takes us to where independence began.

Footnotes:
(1) aka, my spiritual leader
(2) Sorry, the old link is broken, and National Review can’t be bothered to provide a searchable archive. Bad show, NR, bad show. Update: Found a re-posting. Do read it all.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Happy New Year from Public Secrets

January 1, 2014

It was a heckuva party last night, wasn’t it?

Happy New Year, folks. May 2014 bring you all you could desire. :D


Merry Christmas, one and all

December 25, 2013

Santa and I wish you a very happy day.

(Normal service resumes tomorrow.)


Happy Thanksgiving!

November 28, 2013

No blogging today, folks. Enjoy the holiday. Happy


Off for the holiday

November 27, 2013
"On the road again..."

“On the road again…”

I’m off for the Thanksgiving holiday, and the loyal Public Secrets minions have been unchained from their desks through Friday, so no new items until Saturday at the earliest.

Assuming I can recapture those escaped sla… er… round up my loyal minions by then, of course.

Enjoy the holiday! smiley eating gluttony


Happy New Year from Public Secrets

January 1, 2013

It was a heckuva party last night, wasn’t it?

Happy New Year, folks. May 2013 bring you all you could desire. :D


Merry Christmas, one and all

December 25, 2012

Santa and I wish you a very happy day.

(Normal service resumes tomorrow.)


Pelosi concerned GOP doesn’t honor holiday founded by a rapist and torturer

December 13, 2012

That is, Kwanzaa:

“Is there not an appreciation for the Jewish holidays? The Christmas holiday? Kwanzaa? All the other things that families come together around? Bonding rituals important to the strength of our society? Do we not care about that? Well, the American people do. And they want to shop for it.” – Wednesday, December 12, 2012, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on the house floor

Yes, because Maulana Ron Karenga showed, we can all “come together” and share that “bonding ritual” of  putting hot soldering irons in women’s mouths.

A holiday founded by a fraud is itself a fraud.


Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2012

No blogging today, folks. Enjoy the holiday. Happy


(Video) Bill Whittle on 4th of Julys past

July 4, 2012

In the latest Afterburner, Bill takes a look at Independence Day at various times in our past and has a message for Americans worried about the state of the nation today:

We’ve seen worse. Lots worse.

Now go enjoy the fireworks. 

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Happy New Year and Blog Holiday

January 1, 2012

It was a heckuva party last night, wasn't it?

Happy New Year, folks. May 2012 bring you all you could desire.

Normal service resumes tomorrow.


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