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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Socialized Losses's picture

As a starter: No pay taxes = No Vote. Bring your voter registration & your tax return to the polls.  If you have no skin in the game then you have no voice in making the rules.

AllWorkedUp's picture

No real surprise. This is what happens to every nation when they allow the Khazars to plant their seeds and take hold. Destructive, corrupt parasites.

 

AnAnonymous's picture

Absolutely. The US of A was surrounded with monarchies, which the FF perceived as vindicative and the priority was to avoid the so called democracy.

But hey, US citizen founding fathers were parangons of US citizen freedom and they had slaves. So why not?

akak's picture

 

But hey, US citizen founding fathers were parangons of US citizen freedom

Parangon: A n-dimensional, x-sided imaginary geometric shape which does not exist in the real world, but exists only in the autistic, bigoted and retarded mind of pro-Communist Chinese trolls.

kdervin's picture

The anthem of the United States should be the War Song from "Duck Soup."

To war, to war, to war we're gonna go

In case you haven't heard before

I think they think we're going to war

We're going to war!

LouisDega's picture

Great fucking movie. By far the best Marx Brothers flick. A must own for everyones DVD collection

max2205's picture

Fee surcharge exise tax duties levies = TAX bitchezzzz

tenpanhandle's picture

What's with everyone calling us "bitchezzz"  ..... I get tired of hearing it bitchezzz.

hivekiller's picture

That's the favorite word of queers.

Flakmeister's picture

A historic day in the history of H. Sapiens, The Higgs Boson has been discovered (en fin!!)

 Press release

Flakmeister's picture

Leon Lederman used to call it "That God Damn Particle".... The Damn was dropped for public consumption.. 

Hulk's picture

Its funny hearing the press report on the "god particle", not knowing the story behind the name...

CPL's picture

/ITT:  People with deep religious and non religious beliefs with dogmatic reactions!  gogogogogogogogogo!

 

<grab popcorn>..I love cheap seats.

 

ZeroAvatar's picture

Apparently, there IS a God PARTICLE...............

The Alarmist's picture

You can't be certain it's a Higgs-Boson, now can you?

Flakmeister's picture

True... to a point... You know it is a scalar or tensor boson because of the decay modes.... A vector particle cannot decay into a pair of photons

The ratio of the diphoton to b bbar branching ratios is also highly suggestive...

It is basically impossible for a tensor state to have a lower mass than a scalar state if object is composite...

Lets put it this way, you have a bigger mystery if it isn't the Higgs..

Now the real question and the tough work, is to  verify that the properties of this particle are consistent with the Standard Model Higgs or if is a product of SuperSymmetry (or some other theoretical framework)..... 

Edit:  Almost forgot to mention that the rate of production is consistent with a SM Higgs... So if it is produced at the correct rate, decays the way it is supposed to... i.e. if it quacks like a duck and walks like a duck...

The Alarmist's picture

... it's still only similar to a hypothetical duck.

Flakmeister's picture

Let me guess...

You believe in angels and magic....

WaterWings's picture

I don't know what just happened but it best involve pyromania.

Socialized Losses's picture

I saw the same proof for Bigfoot.

Hold it! CH1 is that you?

Flakmeister's picture

Queue "Parade of the Asshats"...

XXL66's picture

It doesn't matter, we are past peak civilisation...

CH1's picture

we are past peak civilisation...

I just want to get past Peak Obedience.

CPL's picture

When people aren't paid, they show you your worth.

Sudden Debt's picture

yep, chimps learned to walk straight and became homo sapiens and now because of all the physical decay and bad backs everybody is starting to walk closer to the ground again... nice evolution...

dark pools of soros's picture

Libya was independent and look what that got them

max2205's picture

Thought. 1776. USA IPO's. 2012. USA is a RIMM. Value trap or worse

Payable on Death's picture

I do not choose to become a common man. It is my right to be uncommon... if I can. I seek opportunity, not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master or bend under any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself; enjoy the benefits of my creations and to face the world boldly and say, this I have done.

GeneMarchbanks's picture

<begins slow clap>

Absolutely. Because we all know, advertizing one's thoughts is what really matters.

Rock, Flag and Eagle!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lKoo8jJzYs

Payable on Death's picture

Sorry, forgot to source this: Dean Alfange, Circa 1952.

Vegetius's picture

"I too have a certain idea of America. Moreover, I would not feel entitled to say that of any other country, except my own. This is not just sentiment, though I always feel ten years younger - despite the jet-lag - when I set foot on American soil: there is something so positive, generous, and open about the people - and everything actually works. I also feel, though, that I have in a sense a share of America." --  Margaret Thatcher

Happy Independence Day

"To be free is better than to be unfree - always. Any politician who suggests the opposite should be treated as suspect." -- Margaret Thatcher

GeneMarchbanks's picture

That was wonderful. Nothing proves your freedom like Margaret Thatcher telling you you are free.

Yay Freedumb!

tenpanhandle's picture

you sir are a cynic and a dick and they don't have to go hand in hand.

Bay of Pigs's picture

Not only that, he holds a US passport yet bashes anything American.

He's a hypocrite of the worst kind. 

AnAnonymous's picture

Holding US citizenship and being a proponent of 'Americanism' does not forcefully hand in hand.

US citizens have this funny: they have been so pampered by their state that they are so used to shifting their shit onto others, they do not mind saying one thing and the contrary in the same breath.

Holding a citizenship is a random fact of life. Promoting 'Americanism' is a choice.

Holy cow. Even US citizens knew that at their start. The randomness of birth and so on.

US citizens, the pinnacle of human civilization, nothing better has ever existed.

akak's picture

Holding Chinese citizenship and being a proponent of Chinese Citizenism does not forcefully expel the roadside shitwipings from one's hand.

Chinese citizens have this funny: they have been so abused by their state that they are so used to shifting their psychological shit and neuroses onto others (and onto roadsides), they do not mind saying one thing and the contrary in the same breath.  This results in monolizing of the speeching means and blobbing-uppityness.

Holding a citizenship is a random fact of life. Promoting Chinese Citizenism is a choice.
So is shitting on the side of the road after eating General Tsao's cocker spaniel.

Holy cow. Even Chinese citizens know that their hero, Mousy Dung, killed tens of millions of his own antlike, rabbit-breeding Chinese subjects. Not to mention the Tibetans!  The randomness of mass murder and genocide and so on.

Chinese Citizenism, the nadir of human civilization, nothing worse has ever existed.

Make me laugh!

Manthong's picture

No doubt Daniel Hannan is disappointed in the USA today.

Bay of Pigs's picture

You missed my main point which is not surprising.

You and Gene are a lot alike. Selfish, arrogant, boastful, condescending, etc...

AnAnonymous's picture

Selfish, arrogant, boastful, condescending, etc...

__________________

With all these attributes, one might qualify as a US citizen.

Even though, displaying those attributes is not enough. You have to excell in them to hope to be.

Experience taught me it is useless to compete with US citizens on certain fields.

It takes a US citizen to be a US citizen.

Apostate2's picture

Beidh lá eile ag an bPaorach! 

akak's picture

Nsdiou aednoid nado pewwemn adnlff lmnvdadp!

 

PS: How do ANY redheads (hideous and ghostly mutants that they are) ever find anyone to have sex with them (except maybe other redheads)?

4horse's picture

I also feel, though, that I have in a sense a share of America . . . whose ploughshares, beaten into swords, were so richly awarded me f-freely by The City Of London. who do own everything from here to there lock,stock&barrrell rrrrr, of f-fun full of monkeys, and from sea-to-shining-sea, nile to the euphrates, see, cause they ain't a going to let just any old al-qaeda, al-capone or al-zheimers take that away f-frrrrom me

 

No No: They can't take that away from me

 

0! and 0! I also f-feel as though rr&i now occupy the same space at the same time  .  .  .

poor fella's picture

Can't think of a better way to spend Independence Day than this 3 hours with Chris Hedges. Incredible insight and depth.

Families should spend the time to watch this together.

The American Empire Is Over & The Descent Is Going To Be Horrible 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zotYU21qcU

 

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Thank you for the nice link, listening now.

Bollixed's picture

Thanks for the link, great video of someone who has the capacity to articulate a great many truths.

China's picture

China is very please with the progress Amerika has made. Soon, very soon, you will see China's plan. You folks are unamerican to talk like this. Amerika is the greatest country on Earth. A program like Obamacare should have been inacted years ago. There should also be free housing and food for everything. It's a right afterall. Fortunately, most of Amerika does not expose the values you nitwits here do and China is very, very pleased. Be sure to vote in the upcoming election. Don't miss your opportunity to participate in the Presidential Reality Show. Support our Candidates, Obama or Romney.