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Independence Day (2012)

Every year for the past couple years I have done a decent Independence day post.  It was never really intended to be an ongoing theme.  I will say that I love this day, mainly because I love the fact we sent a formalized letter to Bastard King George saying we can, and have the right to tell him to go screw himself.

As a quick rundown, here’s the posts I’ve done on independence and liberty over the past couple years.

I love this day, more specifically I love the history of it and the significance of it.  When else in history did someone formalize a letter like that telling them, and rightfully so, to go piss up a rope.  There are a lot of people who attempt to trivialize or even discredit both the people who achieved independence as well as the history surrounding it.

There were a lot of things that happened just right, and even more importantly many of the right people with the right attitudes were in a position to make things happen.

So today, celebrate the fact that a bunch of men took a risk upon themselves, pledging their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to give you the opportunities you have today.  Many probably wouldn’t be interested in spending the time learning the details surrounding it.  My wife used to be one of those, however I have converted her to enjoying history instead of hating and despising it.  I love learning history much the same as I love learning about anything.  I’m glad I’m not the only one with that view of learning.

I don’t feel like giving a history lesson today.  Instead all I ask is at some point if you haven’t watched it before, watch the John Adams miniseries.  It provides a good window for those who aren’t as apt to pick up a book or just generally enjoy history.

So a thank you to the obnoxious and disliked Mr. Adams.

Look forward to Part II later today.

On Independence Day

For those who think that Independence Day is only celebrated by the “right wing” get off your high horses and wake the hell up.  The role of the Declaration of Independence in our country is rooted to the core.  If we didn’t have that, you’d be drinking tea, eating crumpets and saying, “’Ello, guv’na".  I personally hate British tea, it tastes like shit and it only belongs in Boston Harbor.  Crumpets are nothing to write home about, and as for the speech do I really need to explain that?

These ass hats don’t even know how to run a proper survey, twist statistics, and then say celebrating the birth of America is supposedly the bastion of “right wing quacks”.  This coming from a bunch of pricks who roll out on May 5th and celebrate Cinco de Mayo, yet they abhor American Independence.  They are nothing but a bunch of shit-hooks who belittle those who understand American culture and ideals.

Who the hell do these people think they are?  They are slandering one of the greatest achievements of one of their own alumni by playing the partisan game.  For what?  American Independence has absolutely nothing to do with partisan politics.  Those who attempt to taint it as such do nothing by expose their anti-American sentiments.

Then again some may dismiss my statements because of the following facts about me:

  • I’m a red blooded American who’s direct lineage has been here since the 1600’s.  Fought those dough-assed British and told them to get the hell out. 
  • I’ve actually read the Declaration of Independence, know the history of why it happened.
  • I hate social programs, social policies, and redistribution of wealth.
  • I’m a rabid capitalist.

I guess that makes me brainwashed by the “right wing”.  Interesting that since I hate the republican party and I am staunch libertarian in every way.   How much so?

  • I hate the war on nouns, drugs, guns, sex, all of it
  • I hate any and all forms of discrimination, gays, minorities, gun owners
  • I hate laws which create victimless crimes, owning something isn’t a crime, hurting someone or damaging someone else’s property is.
  • I think there should be flat taxes, why should anyone pay more in taxes than anyone else?
  • I don’t believe in using the force of government to take from others to give it to me.  This is what’s happening with low income people electing others who will raise taxes on those who make more to get more government support.

Neither party supports any of my overall stances on things.  Some would call me a right-wing nut because I do not like socialism, communism, or public welfare.  Ultimately I want personal Independence, which was something that the Declaration helped start.

Again, if you haven’t read it, please do.  Most only really remember the beginning of the second paragraph and that document as a whole speaks volumes as to why this day is so damn important.  After reading it, you realize we must be so thankful we had someone so obnoxious and disliked on our side, who saw the writing on the wall, and fought to give us something better.

Many forget how hard our founding fathers tried to prevent moving to independence.  It was a decision that wasn’t taken lightly, and when all the facts were viewed together not much choice was left.  It was at that point it was obvious that something needed to change.

So 235 Years ago, July 4th, 1776, we formalized a letter, signed by our elected representatives that told that fat fuck King George to go piss up a rope.  Mr. Hancock made sure to sign with such conviction so that Fat George could read it without his glasses.  I celebrate July 4th to remember the document that was written to explain to the world why we declared ourselves to be independent from Britain.  To remember what those men risked in doing that and their conviction behind that statement. 

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

And lastly to celebrate the freedoms and liberties that came with it, that no other place in the world has.

Frankly, if you live here and don’t want to celebrate Independence day, pack up your shit and get the fuck out.  Doubly so if you attempt to turn it in to a partisan cesspool for your own political gain, I’ll help you pack and buy you the freaking one way ticket.

A note: Pardon the language above, I’m sure my mom will read the above and I’ll get a phone call.  Frankly this whole thing has me extremely pissed off and I could have always delivered something like this instead.  I do swear from time to time, usually when I’m frustrated, annoyed, or just down right pissed off.  This article was written with a combination of the last two. H/T to Kevin on the other response.

Independence Day 2010

This year we celebrate Independence Day on the heels of another win for gun rights. The historical road for this country is full of lessons that we should remember, cherish, and endeavor to never forget. Independence Day is a day devoted to one of the most monumental and important events in our history. This event is so important and monumental that previously nothing like it had ever been seen throughout the history of the world. This event is marked by one day with one particular document. On July 2, 1776 the Continental Congress voted on the Lee Resolution which actually declared the colonies to be free and independent states. It was then that the Continental Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, as the document to formally notify fat George we were no longer accepting his bull "crap".

If you have never read the entire Declaration of Independence I highly suggest you do. If you have read it, read it again, it’s never too early for another refresher.

The Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

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, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
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.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

We must never forget the road that took us down this path. We must also remain ever vigilant to maintain freedom and liberty by watching for tyrants and stopping them from abusing our form of government for their own gain and acquisition of power.

Independence Day 2012 Part II

So Sebastian said the following on Monday.

I think it’s the right of every American to celebrate our nation’s independence by blowing up a small chunk of it.

At which point I started laughing because honestly not everyone can effectively blow up a chunk of America.  The good news is, I am capable and have resources to do exactly that.  Not only do I have resources though, but the method of detonation provides a method of celebration endorsed by John Adams himself.

However, it must be said, please do not attempt to recreate any of this.  I am trained and experienced in mixing and handling explosives.  Just watch Caleb’s PSA.  Where ever he says “Gun”, replace it with “Guns or Explosives”.  

So without further ado, I give you the 4th of July, Boomershoot style.

I’m sure Mr. Adams would have approved.

As a note, it seems Sebastian knows this, but I still think my graphical display helps spread the joy.

*Sorry for the delayed post, Murphy hates me.  YouTube was constantly quitting mid-download.  I finally achieved success using IE.  I left to go to a BBQ and my computer went to sleep.  Thus it finally went up a day late.

Today We Celebrate Our Independence

Today without question is a day to celebrate, but don’t lose sight of what it is your celebrating. Don’t lose sight of exactly what transpired in history that made this day worth celebrating.

I would recommend watching this.

And as usual, here’s a music video that nails it.

July 2nd, This Day in History 235 Years Ago

On this day in history 235 years ago the greatest thing in the history of this country happened.

The Lee Resolution for independence was adopted by 12 of the 13 colonies, New York abstained, courteously.

The Declaration of Independence was considered immediately afterward.

The Lee Resolution was what allowed the birth of the Declaration of Independence.  The Declaration was created to provide the world the justification behind the Lee Resolution to the world.  It was the resolution itself which declared the following for those thirteen colonies.

Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

That it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign Alliances.

That a plan of confederation be prepared and transmitted to the respective Colonies for their consideration and approbation

John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail the following regarding July 2nd and it’s role in history.

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. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfire and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

It is a sad thing that now our government is scaling back the pomp and circumstance surrounding the most glorious day that gave birth to a new nation.  Men are arrested and charged with felonies because their firecrackers are too big.  Others, such as Massachusetts have banned fireworks all together.  Our nanny state government is destroying the exact methods one of the greatest individuals responsible for this experiment felt was the perfect way to celebrate it.

Tomorrow if I can get a chance, I am going to celebrate by taking Adams advice and go shooting in the afternoon. Celebrating what freedoms we still have remaining, most importantly that we still have the tools necessary to repeat the process should it ever be required.

Quote of the Day–Richard Henry Lee and John Adams(07/04/2011)

It is not choice then, but necessity that calls for Independence as the only means by which foreign Alliances can be obtained ; and a proper confederation by which internal peace and Union may be secured.  Contrary to our earnest, early, and repeated petitions for peace, liberty and safety, our enemies press us with war, threaten us with danger and Slavery.

Richard Henry Lee: June 2, 1776

[One month later the thirteen colonies would vote unanimously on his resolution for independence.  John Adams had this to say regarding the passage of the Lee Resolution.]

Yesterday the greatest question was decided which was ever debated in America; and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided upon men.  A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, that those United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states.

John Adams: July 3, 1776

[Frankly I couldn’t put it better myself.  Enjoy your Independence Day, and remember at the end what it really means.  -B]

Thanks Captain Obvious

At the debate, pitting British barristers against American attorneys, lawyers for the former colonial power argued that America’s Declaration of Independence in 1776 “was not only illegal, but actually treasonable,” according to the BBC.

Thank you captain obvious, would you like to inform the world about something we didn’t already know?

The lawyers representing the British team decided that the Americans had no legal grounds for secession. “[President Abraham] Lincoln made the case against secession and he was right.”

The only reason Mr. Lincoln’s case against succession is correct in your eye is because the Union army won.  Had the confederacy won, would you make the case that solidified the right to succession.  You’re lack of a case became obvious at the following:

“The grievances listed in the Declaration were too trivial to justify secession,” the British lawyers wrote. “The main one — no taxation without representation — was no more than a wish on the part of the colonists, to avoid paying for the expense of protecting them against the French during seven years of arduous war and conflict.”

Easy for you crumpet eating tea swilling ass hats to come to America and call that no big deal when you and your ancestors were provided the representation.  Further that list of grievances is not trival and is a list of actions that grossly neglect and constitute a breach of contract between the government and the governed.  Government derives it’s power from the consent of the people, the British lost the consent to the government of the American people.  Unexpectedly the British would view this action as treasonous, hence Franklin’s comment:

“We must all hang together or most assuredly we will all hang separately.”

It was well known at the time the British considered that treason. A revolution like that had never happened in the history of the world.  The idea that the Declaration could be considered null and void went right out the window when Lord Conwallis surrendered at Yorktown.  At that point the Declaration was fully ratified since the British did not have the ability to try and execute us as the treasonous rats they felt us to be.

Take your ball and go home you tea swilling, self-defense hating, morons.  For more of my thoughts on the Declaration of IndependenceIndependence day, and the Lee Resolution, visit the links.

Those barristers are nothing but a bunch of gorramed dough-assed, bad teethed, yellow bellied, crumpet munching morons.  You’re just upset cause you got your ass handed to you by a bunch of farmers with pitchforks