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Independence Day

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It’s Independence Day in the United States of America of course. The good old Fourth of July.

Hard to believe that such a vast, diverse, fractious land could have held together for so long, 246 years and counting. It’s easy to forget that the United States is actually older than many nations in Europe, including big ones like Germany (formed in the mid-19th century) and France (now on their 5th Republican government structure).

I always appreciate various lines from the Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson, but this one seems especially appropriate right now:

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

To that end, here is an excellent thread on Federalism from the always excellent John Hayward (aka Dr. Zero) which, although not entirely applicable to us as an already small nation of just five million people, still makes good points about how Federalism limits the power of the state to control people, simply by reversing the centralisation of that power.

Here also a classic rendition of a famous Sousa march.

Of course there are always some people that are not happy about America’s Independence Day – not including any Brits, who seem to hold no hard feelings over the whole issue, but over more recent events – but it seems the number of such people is increasing.

As that article points out:

Goodness knows that from the 1960s to the present, there were many Supreme Court decisions (not to mention legislative and administrative actions) with which conservatives disagreed. But that didn’t cause us to stop celebrating Independence Day, or to suggest that our country’s existence is, on balance, a bad thing.

The growing fissure over Independence Day is one sign among many that our society is cracking up. Patriotism, love of country, belief in a shared citizenship with those with whom we disagree–however you want to put it, is the glue that holds a country together. Our polity is losing those values, and thus, if present trends are not reversed, it will be an open question it is possible for red and blue America to continue to live together under a common government.

Ah well. Trouble and strife are part of our life. I don’t know how reconciliation will occur between the current two factions in America but I’m optimistic enough to think that it will happen, if only because the modern Left is so focused on tearing things down that they’ll eventually exhaust their followers, who will return to the solid things about America that have lasted.

I’ll leave you with an unusual version of the National Anthem. The artist Victory Boyd was scheduled to sing the National Anthem at the 2021 NFL opening game. That is, until they canceled her because she was unvaccinated and refused to change that status. She knows thus of what she sings.

Written by Tom Hunter

July 5, 2022 at 10:04 am

Posted in USA

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  1. And in Chicago a sniper attack on a fourth of July parade 😦

    The USA is at a very low point in its history with the rot starting from the top

    Andrei

    July 5, 2022 at 10:42 am

    • Ditto Russia, with a dictator who has been there far too long supported by his oligarchs who have stolen the wealth.

      But saying that, NZ and most of Europe is also at the same political low point that is dividing America.

      I guess we can only wait for the backswing as these things always go too far..

      On the bright side I see in a 4th July poll in the US, President Trump is the most popular politician.

      On the down side I see Governor Newsome from California is making noises about running for the Democratic nomination.

      rossco

      July 5, 2022 at 11:39 am

      • Oh I really hope he does.

        adolffinkensen

        July 5, 2022 at 12:56 pm

      • Ditto Russia, with a dictator who has been there far too long supported by his oligarchs who have stolen the wealth.

        No Rossco,
        Russia’s low point came in the 1990s – the leader who turned that around was the “dictator who has been there far too long”

        And the oligarchs “who have stolen the wealth” have either complied with Russian Law or been sent packing.

        Now the USA with its geriatric leadership is on the same trajectory as the Soviet Union was in the 1980s IMHO

        This is an observation not something I desire or take joy in – we may live in hope that a leader will emerge who can turn this around but there is precious little sign of that at the moment

        It is the cycle of history

        Andrei

        July 5, 2022 at 5:21 pm

  2. I probably should have put this story into the post, especially in light of the Highland Park parade shootings, Mendon, Missouri about the aftermath of an Amtrack train derailing near this tiny town with 150 injured and four dead:

    Throngs of ordinary townspeople arrived before first responders even knew about the crash. There were volunteers crawling out of the wallpaper. People came from all over Chariton County, riding beat-up Silverados, ATVs, or arriving on foot. They came from Sumner, Marceline, Cunningham, Brookfield and Indian Grove.

    Two Boy Scout troops dutifully helped injured victims from the wreckage. Local high-schoolers were fashioning bandages out of bandannas…There were farmers, off-duty nurses, truck drivers, soccer moms, Little League coaches and grade-schoolers. They were doling out food, first aid, bottled water and, most importantly, phone chargers.

    Victims were taken to local homes, fed, bathed and bandaged. Weeping passengers were embraced by rural preachers. Passengers using wheelchairs were lifted from the rubble by young men in ropers and camouflage caps. Local schoolbus drivers transported the wounded to hospitals. Northwestern High School staff members triaged victims in the gymnasium and fed people in the cafeteria

    All this from a population of 171 – and as the writer points out, this is not unusual for America.

    Tom Hunter

    July 5, 2022 at 2:16 pm

  3. I love the USA, I was there for July 4th six years ago. In my career Ive had the good fortune to visit, numerous times, the headquarters in Florida of one company Ive worked for over that last 25 years.

    Clearwater, Ozona, St Petes – absolute paradise.

    Whether the USA can survive the communist insurrection that’s been slowly poisoning the culture for the last six or seven decades remains to be seen.

    Joe McCarthy and J Edgar Hoover were right about many things.

    Porky Roebuck

    July 5, 2022 at 2:38 pm

  4. A load of soul in that TSSB rendition, thnx for the info re mandates made it all fit.

    Gravedodger

    July 5, 2022 at 3:53 pm


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