On America's In Dependence Day

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By Bill Frezza, originally posted in Forbes Magazine

Lamenting The Lost Legacy Of Independence Day

Why do we still celebrate Independence Day? Is it a lingering habit, a mindless bit of nostalgia, a time to indulge in fireworks and barbecues, devoid of any deeper meaning? Can anyone honestly argue that our nation still honors the values, or practices the principles, for which our Founders fought?

Today, most Americans have been trained to be embarrassed by the “extremist” individualist ethos that made the protection of liberty the primary purpose of government. They have been taught to apologize for the shortcomings of the “rich white men” who led the revolution. A majority of Americans now subscribe to an expansive view of government as both great provider and beneficent leveler. Its primary purpose is to redress unequal or unhappy outcomes, regardless of their source, through wealth redistribution on a scale so vast that it mocks the concept “private property.”

As for the causes of revolution, we’ve lost sight of them, too. King George III was a champion of laissez-faire compared to the modern cradle-to-grave entitlement state. The swollen capital city named after the man who won our freedom now claims the prize for erecting “a Multitude of new offices” bent on sending out “Swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.” If there is a field of endeavor that the federal government does not yet regulate, subsidize, or penalize, just wait. A new law is only a “crisis” away.

Have these new offices been imposed on us by some malevolent force that has undermined the workings of democracy? No. We the people ceaselessly demand new offices at an accelerating rate. The majority of Americans vote as if they believe that massive new government programs— created by incomprehensibly complex laws and administered by increasingly unaccountable bureaucrats—can solve an expanding array of “problems” which our Founders would have surely concluded were the proper province of civil society and not the sovereign state.

The King was criticized for unjustly imprisoning seamen. Today, our federal and state governments imprison more of our fellow citizens than any totalitarian regime in history—the vast majority for violating a futile prohibition on the possession, sale, or consumption of substances our Founders would not have thought twice about. Vast portions of our youth are thus rendered permanently unemployable, branded as felons and outcasts with nowhere to turn but a life of crime. And yet we persist in this folly, unable to admit that drug prohibition has been as huge a failure as alcohol prohibition.

And taxes? The Founders knew a tax when they saw one—and there were very few they could abide, with or without representation. Thanks to a Supreme Court that long ago gave up defending the Constitution, we now have a chameleon levy that is not a tax when politically inconvenient yet magically becomes a tax when seeking constitutional muster. As if we didn’t have a wide enough variety of taxes, this new tax is designed to penalize anyone who refuses to participate in a great communal project designed to make every citizen even more deeply dependent on the government.

Little by little, the home of the brave and the land of the free has become a nation of rent-seeking dependents clamoring for their share of state largess. Even before the latest entitlement blowout called Obamacare, we crossed the line where more than half of Americans receive some kind of assistance from the government every month, paid for by the fewer than half that still pay income taxes. As we move into the future and the number of dependents grows while the taxpayer pool shrinks, we call the result social justice rather than its old name: theft.

Our forefathers shed blood rather than render unto King George. Yet today we madly mortgage our nation’s future to foreign powers, piling debt upon debt without limit or thought as to how it will be repaid. These debts ensnare our children and grandchildren even as we stop having them, confident in the knowledge that the government will take care of us in our old age, so why bother with the trouble and expense?

If we were still a nation capable of shame with enough intellectual integrity to call things as they are, if we hadn’t debauched our language as badly as our currency, if we had the courage to look in the mirror and see how woefully we have squandered our Founders’ legacy, this Fourth of July would be a day not of celebration but of atonement.

Give some thought to what we have lost as we mark another In Dependence Day. May providence have mercy on our nation, lest we end up getting what we deserve.

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Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:54 | 2587253 Grey-Ghost
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How do you “fight”, pray? Along the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal, 1950 conclusion:

"Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience ... Therefore [individual citizens] have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring."

by not, say, paying taxes? What are your acts of civil disobedience, your acts in trying to change two fascist wings (Repulsive and Despicable) of the same oligarchy?

I’m not trying to be smug at all, I’d like us to stop this murderous fascist regime, something all those laments here or, like in the article above, endless regurgitating of the same old facts (King George; give me a fucking break) does not make much sense anymore. At least not to me.

I moved out from the sickening insanity of the majority of American people but their country’s thieving, murderous tentacles are everywhere so one does not escape “Americanism”, its own breed of fascism, no matter where one lives.

"America" as an illusion / experiment / concept / country / dream / is lost and is never coming back. The germs of its demise as much of the end of the white civilization (a “good idea” according to Gandhi, but never realized) is seen in the America’s (West’s) murderous wars over other people's properties (some 500 years ago it was Inca’s gold it was stealing, today is Iraq’s oil they took).

But America of today is not a country. Is an immensely evil empire that uses every conceivable tool – United Nations, NATO, World Bank, International Monetary Fund; all populated by unelected beaurocrats – at its disposal to strangle the world’s population? Its dollar is widely acceptable and is, in fact, a petro dollar protected by the most powerful military machine ever.

In order for world to survive, the American beast (Empire) must die. And many a good man would have to lose his freedom and even to die in this fight.

There’s no magic wand, and for sure no a politician germinating in the sickening layers of corruption in that treasonous poison that’s the U.S. Congress, coming to rescue us.

Every single act of defiance matters: do not fly thus not letting TSA child molesters grapple your kid’s genitals; do not pay taxes; support green party, establish whatever party but NEVER EVER vote for a fascist parties on power, place solar panels on your roof if you're still lucky to have one, grow your vegetables and be willing to go to jail when the fascists tell you cannot do it, support Wikileaks and Assange or Manning with money; turn off the TV and organize a meeting and teach neighbors about The Financial Crime Cartel, declare bankruptcy and tell them to fuck off and die, refuse to drive a SUV and buy an electric car, whatever, just do something, join Occupy, write a new, modern Constitution stipulating Earth’s right for protection, organize action to revoke Citizen’s United and, above, all, act like you are ALREADY FREE!!

10,000,000 in front of the White House would make even the most sociopathic puppet, like that murderous clown currently there (or that other Overlord’s representative that “runs” against the current puppet) and fight for Labor Daily instead of Wall Street Journal; fight for Workers’ Channel on the TV instead of all that Financial Crime Cartel’s CNBC, Fox Business, Bloombergs and stop worshiping billionaires that would have never, ever become such without the work of repressed millions.

Do not buy iPhone unless Apple stops exploiting 800,000 workers on slave wage, many of them children, boycott “Coca-Cola” as it steals water from the villagers in India etc., etc., etc.

Otherwise we’ll become a nation of whiners, allowed by the Financial Crime Cartel, The Thought Police and all the United Fascists to vent on the Zero Hedge, from time to time, as we witness the end of our world.

Fuck them and ACT as you are already FREE. It is not going to be cozy as it has been for decades / for Americans / but unless we act, the whole world is going to be one big slaving plantation. And we will all be taught to love the Big Brother.

 

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:04 | 2587522 RockyRacoon
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Man is free at the instant he wants to be. - Voltaire

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 12:40 | 2586971 veyron
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O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

 

Given the distinct lack of american flags, I'd say your assessment is correct

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 12:45 | 2586991 GeneMarchbanks
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Once the shipment comes in from China there will be plenty then you can get back to your delusions.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 12:50 | 2587003 HelluvaEngineer
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I'm flying a Gadsden flag today

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:01 | 2587037 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Print Your Own Gadsden Flags

 

http://crockettalmanac.com/?p=79

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:06 | 2587052 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 1

GO AHEAD!

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:03 | 2587043 mofreedom
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I got hammered last night went around the neighborhood and turned upside down thee few American flags out there that weren't secured with locks.  I can't do this at my own house, nor may i fly my gadsden.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:12 | 2587066 kdervin
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What an awesome idea!  I know what I'm doing tonight.  Hammered, of course.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:34 | 2587109 krispkritter
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Inebriate In Depend's Day!  

That's when you're getting so drunk you put on adult diapers because you know you won't make it to the can...

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:48 | 2587135 Plausible Denia...
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Don't turn the flag upside down! It is still the symbol of the armed resistance of tyranny and rugged individualism. The problem is that the proletariat no longer understands its meaning. Our culture has been waterd down and castrated, bastardized beyond recognition. We covet the same oppressive and controlling government that  once served as the inspiration and incubator for the dream that became America. We have traded in ambition and determination for comfort and safety. We have truly sacrificed our liberty for security, which leaves us deserving of neither.

Turn welfare checks upside down. Turn obamacare legislation upside down. Turn the department of education upside down. But for God's sake, don't take your frustration out on the one symbol that still represents the blood and determination of selfless patriots simply because we have perverted and desecrated the gift born of their ultimate sacrifice.

Either way, great piece. Just when I think I can't love this site anymore, I read something like this.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:21 | 2587202 AldousHuxley
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western individualism is losing out to asian socialism with state sponsored multinationals.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:54 | 2587263 CPL
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As long as a dollar is worth a dollar.

 

After that point.  Not so much.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:02 | 2587283 AnAnonymous
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Western individualism?

US citizenism does not know about individuality.

US citizenism is all about the group. In US citizen nations, groups are undivided while individuals are the collection of fragmented bits from various groups.

For individualism to lose, individualism has to be.

And individualism has never been in US citizenism.

What US citizens might lose is their dominant group rights. For some of them, it is very possible.

As being a member of the dominant group gives priviledges in US citizenism, loss of status comes with loss of priviledges.

Which can not be told to be the loss, failure, defeat of individualism since US citizenism is all about the group.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 19:07 | 2587680 Totentänzerlied
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So too Chinese Citizenism.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 21:22 | 2587785 Thoth
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God your drivel makes me want to put a bullet in my head everytime I read it. Extremely boring and poorly thought out, please pick any other cause and I swear I'll get behind it just so I don't have to read your bullshit anymore.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 22:37 | 2587835 Lednbrass
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Nah, his needs the bullet.

If idiot boy would only distinguish himself slightly from the ant hive culture he lives in his kindly overlords would provide it and bill his family.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 04:32 | 2588114 AnAnonymous
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The ant hive culture?

You mean like one that could support the spread of fantasy like Chinese citizenism?

US citizen ant hive culture is displayed on here.

And thanks to that US citizen who started with his chinese citizenism.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 12:46 | 2589264 akak
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Behold 1.3 billion woks calling the kettle black!

The hypocrisy of blobbing-up Chinese Citizenism is displayed in every accusation you make against your non-existent 'US Citizenism'.

But this is only natural, as weaver of lies AnusAnonymous is the founding father, the parent, the seed, the fountainhead, the wellspring, the inspiration, the very origin of 'US Citizenism', which after all is just pernicious, earth-raping, bigoted Chinese Citizenism under a new and false banner.

AnusAnonymous = US Citizenism = Chinese Citizenism

US Citizenism does not exist.

Promotion of US Citizenism is actually promotion of blobbing-up Chinese Citizenism.

A is A.

AnusAnonymous is US Citizenism.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 04:33 | 2588115 AnAnonymous
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Poorly thought out?

They are mere observations.

And US citizens can not cope with them without refering to fantasy.

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 12:30 | 2589236 akak
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Alas, alas, three time alas!

The boundaries of denialistic, hypocritical and psychologically projecting Chinese Citizenism lie far beyond the Virgo supercluster of galaxies, if they exist at all.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:48 | 2587250 Sean7k
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Flying the flag upside down ia a sign that the nation is in trouble. It is very appropriate.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:52 | 2587402 Savyindallas
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We're in big trouble  -but what about Syria, Iran, and all the other countries we intend to destroy before we get out due?

Here's another sober  link for some honesty and sanity? =

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2012/07/04/can-americans-escape-deception/

 

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 15:55 | 2587410 Hulk
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I removed 3 stars from mine. So long Ca, Ill and Mass !!!

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 16:30 | 2587468 Lucky Guesst
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LOL, come on now its the people we don't like the land is still ours.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:20 | 2587544 DosZap
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Don't turn the flag upside down!

The MORE you see shown, showing Duress, the MORE sheeple are getting it.

It is the Universal symbol of trouble, duress, in need of help.....................

And GOD knows, like most here do WE need to WTFU, ALL of US.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:13 | 2587187 The Alarmist
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I guess inverting neighbors' flags is within the tolerable bounds of American jurisprudence, but don't urinate on some neighbor's lawn ... you don't want to risk being registered as a sexual offender for the rest of your life

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:13 | 2587067 CrockettAlmanac.com
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I got hammered and sickled by Obama and Roberts last week.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:17 | 2587540 NumberNone
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And just like King George III, Bawney Fwank has been criticized for unjustly imprisoning seamen.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 18:04 | 2587613 boattrash
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Helluva, Keep her flying! I've been onboard my vessel since April. Cant wait to get back on land, at home and continue giving G-Men the One-Finger-Salute

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:16 | 2587073 Sudden Debt
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actually, these days it's more a "DEPENDENCE day and land OF THE WATCHED"

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 16:44 | 2587490 aerojet
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I went to the local parade today and saw a candidate running for Senate who was flying the Gadsen--never saw that before!  Maybe things are slowly starting to change.  The pendulum can swing back.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:38 | 2587578 Lucky Guesst
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Gary Johnson for president 2012!!!

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 18:01 | 2587607 post turtle saver
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It's always been like this. Alien and Sedition Acts, anyone? Nothing new under the sun.

And yet, the USA is still here. Go figure.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 18:29 | 2587644 Chupacabra-322
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Is it not very telling and strange that we have a national holiday to celebrate our freedom but the people who celebrate it are called domestic terrorist by their government for loving their country and freedom?!!!

Right now, we are living with more tyranny and government interference than the colonists ever did (barring the Puritans, but that was their own fault). The colonists got pissed off when their tea was taxed. We (collectively) are happy to let the government grope us and tell us what kind of insurance to buy and to steal our money to fight wars that don’t have anything to do with natural security.

This is a sad independence day; we have become a police state a tyranny and the majority of the people aren’t aware that it even happened.

I can no longer have a birthday celebration for the United States. The spirit of it, the intent of it, and the freedoms, are basically dead. Gone with the wind. The few freedoms left that we enjoy are on some drawing board in some think tank somewhere in Washington D.C., with a bunch of bastards trying to figure out ways to take them away.

We’re a nation of pussies but someday SOON everyone will have to grow a pair to fight for what’s rightfully theirs. And forcefully arrest the CRIMINALS in D.C., The District of Criminals.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 19:04 | 2587678 AustriAnnie
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I have been celebrating the 4th of July as a day of defiance, for years now.  I don't think of it as the day of celebrating the creation of a state, but a day celebrating people's ability to dismantle a state that has become tyrannical.  I like to think if it happened before, it can happen again.

Use the day to make some noise, close a bank account with a too-big-to-fail, buy some PM's and have an independence day barbeque and boating accident at the lake.  Just do something that the sons of bitches in DC wouldn't want you to do.  And feel good doing it.  There's nothing they hate more than happy people who do not feel a need for the protection of the state.

 

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 12:35 | 2586947 SilverTree
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Oh, Happy happy 4th

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 12:36 | 2586950 CPL
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Fast forward and NDAA allows the US to imprison people from anywhere on the planet for anything on the federal books...even music piracy.

 

The more things change...

 

 

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:15 | 2587190 The Alarmist
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Yes, it's how they will get Julian Assange for espionage.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 12:36 | 2586952 john39
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what to expect to happen when you cede your sovereignty to a bunch of satanic bankers?

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:17 | 2587078 Sudden Debt
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don't worry about it! it will all come in easy downpayments...

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 12:38 | 2586957 Cultural Capital
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Ask would we be so free, had predator drones bestowed thee
the insurgent then, George Washington
freedom isn’t free 

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:03 | 2587044 CrockettAlmanac.com
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"We must all drone on together or most assuredly we shall be droned separately." -- Ben Franklin

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 14:04 | 2587167 Lucky Guesst
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The true charactor of liberty is independence, maintained by drones.       -Voltaire

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 17:21 | 2587546 NumberNone
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I only regret that I have but one drone to give for my country - Nathan Hale

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 19:36 | 2587711 Lucky Guesst
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Ask not what a drone will do for your country... but what will your country do for a drone.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 12:38 | 2586958 MFL8240
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Brilliant piece!

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 12:38 | 2586960 tenpanhandle
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As we celebrate a fantasy called liberty today, I am going to have my own 4th of July fantasy. First I'll consume a few well barbequed tubes of pink sludge.  Then I'll drink a few bottles of beer to lament our loss of freedoms and to wash the hotdogs away.  Then I'll put a big bottle rocket in one of the recently emptied beer bottles and shoot it up the ass of the nearest politician. Multiply this by all like minded citizens (with a lower case "c") and the new revolution is on.

 

I'm probably a little early on this.  Give it a year or two. 

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:36 | 2586961 TomGa
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"A Republic, madame, if you can keep it."

Problem is that most Americans, in this day and age, don't even know what a "republic" is.  The U.S. is still an experiment in self-governance, but now we allow even the most morally bankrupt and intellectually inept among us to vote, dragging us all down into the cesspool of democracy, which in turn drains through the sewers of socialism and fascism, eventually dumping out into the quagmire of despotism.

 

In celebration of July 4th this year, I think I'll go clean my M1 Garand.

 

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 13:54 | 2587149 Plausible Denia...
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Here, Here!!! Well said! You have inspired me to go give my AR some attention. Solidarity through the handling of weapons. Now thats something I can celebrate!

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