Why I Am Skipping Independence Day This Year

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July 4th became my favorite holiday in 1981, replacing Christmas. Maybe it was a sign of my maturity.

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It was also a sign of the times.  After a ten-year hiatus, patriotism was chic again, thanks to Ronald Reagan.  Here’s a few other things that made me fall in love with Independence Day:

  • Fireworks—who doesn’t love blowing stuff up?
  • Parties
  • VP Fair (tragically renamed to Fair St. Louis)
  • Girls in bikinis
  • Beer
  • Girls in bikinis
  • and no gift-giving

That’s right, no gifts.  By seventeen, I was already tiring of the glut of gift-giving holidays and all the burdens and guilt associated with them.

But The Fourth of July was freedom day.  Freedom and liberty and redwhiteandblue everywhere you looked.

This year, America has no freedom to celebrate—Americans, no independence.  Home of the free?  Hardly.  Canada is freer than than the USA. The government in Washington spies on our farmers with drones. You call that free? The government in Washington now decides which doctors you see and whether you’re worth treating.  Free my ass.

Nor is America, really, the home of the brave.  Brave peoples drive out cowards like John Roberts; they don’t elevate the rats to Supreme Court Chief Justice.  Sometime between 1981 and 2012, we lost much our national spine. We learned to fear everything from terrorism to weather to winning.  We became immune to glory and its associated risk.

We bartered away our freedom to experts in Washington. We gave away the most precious gift God and God’s nature granted us: sovereignty over our own lives.  If we are born kings of a nation of one, as Locke said, then we have voluntarily climbed the stairs of the Tower, shackled ourselves to the cold, stone deck, and asked only that someone feed us gruel and bread and provide a blanket and reality TV now and then.

Is every American a quivering blob of helpless fear?  No. But somehow the Dr. Zachary Smiths of the world run the show now.  I saw a few of the brave at Art Hill on Thursday, but their  numbers are dwindling. Most Americans fit Tocqueville’s horrifying prophecy, circa 1838:

After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.

I can no more celebrate the realization of that prophecy than I could celebrate a suicide. I’m going to work on July 4th this year. No parades, no bottle rockets, no parties. I can find no reason to celebrate the independence of a people who gave it back.

[For the flag-ettiquette idiots out there (aka progressives), the ensign flown upside-down is a nautical distress signal]

0 thoughts on “Why I Am Skipping Independence Day This Year

  1. Dolores Scoville

    Well said! I was one of the few on Art Hill last week. You and the other speakers and attendees have us fired up! THANKS!!!

  2. I couldn’t agree with you more. Our freedoms have systematically been taken away by a corrupt, powerful government whose goal is to have total control over all of us. God help us all!

  3. David Clearwood

    You might want to add that the same offenses that are declared in the Declaration of Independence against King George III can also be said of the man that the courts have upheld to be the apparent President of the United States Barack Obama, the worst president in the history of our nation, an enemy of the freedom of speech, the freedom of religion, the enemy of our great republic. A man who has time and time again violated the oath of office to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. God bless America and deliver us from Barack Obama!

    • Here’s my favorite:

      “He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”

  4. Bill, I look to you to have your finger on the pulse of America and sadly, I believe you’ve hit the nail on the head. You inspire freedom-loving citizens to carry on and never give up the fight! I pray freedom lovers throughout the land will be as ticked-off but inspired by the SCOTUS ruling as TEA Partiers and then get behind every candidate who promises to repeal obamacare. Those of us who were on Art Hill last week know our kids and grandkids don’t stand a chance if that doesn’t happen! I thank you for your vision and your passion for America……..

  5. David Clearwood

    Chief Justice John Roberts is an utter disgrace in our nation’s history, and I was appalled to see that USA Today says that Obamacare is “enshrined in law.” What a crock! What treachery and hypocrisy on the part of those we entrusted to be guardians of our liberties and our Constitution. That said, heaven forbid that Roberts resign because then Obama would appoint his replacement! It is a sad Independence Day for all of us.

  6. Gaius Artorius Faustus

    Some people are always Free. Those who hold Power are Free. Those who don’t care are Free. Those who have enough wealth to buy their way out of or around others and institutions that interfere with Their pleasure are Free. We are SLAVES. We have neither money nor power, and We Care what kind of country we live in because Our Happiness depends on how those around us BEHAVE. We are now in thrall to the most heinous of the trash elements of society who devote themselves to fornication and sloth. They are totally Free now that We are taxed to the limit to subsidize their vices and character deficiencies. There is nothing to be done but prepare for the worst. This place has been reduced to a comfortable version of a Roman circus.

  7. Eric Fry explains why more and more people are abandoning their US citizenship. Not advocating such, but his explanation is instructive. http://www.businessinsider.com/why-more-and-more-americans-are-abandoning-their-us-citizenship-2012-7

  8. And what about this from The Declaration of Independence in its list of wrongs that the King had committed? —

    “He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.”

    Sounds very 21st century.

    But, we must fight. And fight we will!

    Please, Bill — celebrate today! We are still the freest on the planet, thanks be to God. You are tired, you have fought long and valiantly. But, there are many behind you who support you and others like you. We must celebrate and fight in honor of our Founders and those who have served our nation selflessly and bravely.

    I will celebrate my Independence. And I will fight to turn back this present tide of darkness to return our nation to her original ideals.

    • Thanks, Kate. Maybe I’ll have something to celebrate next year. I think a lot of our freedoms are ghost images, like a logo burned into computer monitor. Our liberties like phantom pain from an amputated leg.

      The good news is that we can regenerate our severed limbs. It won’t be easy. We’ll lose some things along the way. What’s one day’s celebration compared to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness in a land where governments derive their only just powers from the consent of the governed?

  9. Bill, this is another time where we are like minded! Minus the bikinis :-(
    I also think it is tragic that THE _JEFFERSON MEMORIAL_ was renamed the Missouri History Museum — BS! It’s the history of America! And if it’s still the Jefferson Memorial in DC, what gave STL the right to change this! I wish we had voted on it. If they ever sand blast that engraving that says JEFFERSON MEMORIAL off the front of the building, I think the Tea Party should protest!
    Never the less Happy Independence Day America, we are still cleaning house. I’m just waiting until we’ve had it enough to storm the White House and get those commies out of there.

  10. Patience while the Tea is Steeping, it is getting Stronger. Be sure to keep Stirring it thoroughly for Bold flavor.

  11. Hmmm… ya know I don’t think I’ve ever celebrated OUR independence. I’ve always celebrated Theirs, celebrated what They did and why.

    When I read the Declaration of Independence I read it as a rebuke to us today, and each charge against the King, such as “He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”, as a taunting of us today.

    From that point of view I’ve had even more to enjoy each Independence Day over the last 3 or 4 years as now, as more and more, FINALLY, others are beginning to read it and realize the same. With each explosion on July 4th the Spirit of 1776 burns brighter with me, especially because of the news today, and the Tea Party it has awakened – and the realization that at the very least what our Founders did won’t be forgotten without a fight.

    So I definitely celebrated the Independence Day this year, as I will next year and the years after.

    And of course, the bikinis are bonus points.

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