Thursday, July 4, 2013

in case you forgot...

While most of America is blindly basking in booze, cookouts, and fireworks, our nation is crumbling.  Independence Day has become just another excuse for a party and not much more.  Sure we still have the best chance in the world to get ahead here...but at what price now and for how much longer?  Every day personal responsibility is exchanged for government control.  I celebrate where we came from but I dread where we are going.  The consent of the governed is what really worries me...

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,  

7 comments:

Quercus Lobata said...

Amen and well said!

frann said...

Well there were three separate fires in Ghost Town.. no one hurt...well maybe the guy that hauled the burning box of fireworks out of the old pay shack. One fire behind the Starlight...put out by the brave locals hauling water from the kitchen and the fire department is still working on the one that has burned the pit up.
But the Flag is OK.

John Wells said...

I rest my case, frann....

Wm. Pugh said...

Texas just made Tax Law called "Snack Tax" - No joke!

WGZ said...

Bravo John. Happy 4th to you too.

HillCountrySlacker said...

pontification does not equal action. so go act instead of complain.

government is a necessity: roads and the like, mate. go run for mayor or sheriff...

go bring back the ghosts of reagan and nixon - run for office, and all will be heavenly perfection i am sure - keep your hand out like tricky dick too...

fyi: texas is 60/40 republican/democratic so THE governed is consented as much as anyone really gives a damn about any of it - tbagers what 0% (in 2010 Teabaggers lost every single congressional seat they contested in yesterday's Texas Republican primary). politics is a socialize game really, much about nothing.

Jay said...

Happy July 2nd?

"The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival," wrote John Adams to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776.

The second U.S. president had the date wrong, but Heintze maintains that the U.S. really should observe July 2nd—the day Congress voted for independence—as Independence Day. (The signing of the Declaration of Independence didn't begin until August and wasn't complete until November.)

"They didn't have the written document completed until the 4th," Heintze said.

"When they took that document to the printer on July 4th, he printed that date on the top. And that was the broadside that was sent out to all of the new states and the generals in the field. It became widely circulated, and July 2nd was forgotten."


Americans have celebrated July 4th ever since, though it was not declared a federal holiday until 1941.

But if the date itself has changed, the rest of Adams's Independence Day vision remains on the mark more than two centuries later.

"It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews [Shows], Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more," he wrote.


http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/07/090702-july-4th-fireworks-facts.html