Okay, I just deleted about two pages worth of crap that I had written for my Fourth of July post. My brain’s in a weird space this year, and it’s making it difficult for me to come up with anything inspirational in honor of Independence Day.
I wanted to say something about how this year, in honor of the patriots who founded this country, we should celebrate July 4th by being just a bit rebellious. Do something that shows a healthy disrespect for authority. Or at least for authoritarianism. Fly the flag, but upside down. Wear Gitmo orange instead of red, white, and blue. Just something to show a little attitude to the bastards who have been holding our liberties hostage and keeping our troops in Iraq.
But I couldn’t come up with anything good.
So instead, I’ll just leave you with the words of a rebellious sonofabitch named Thomas Jefferson, written 232 years ago:
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.
Have a great Fourth of July, my dear non-existent readers!
And kick a little Tory ass, metaphorically speaking.
P.S. Last year on the Fourth, I went through the list of King George’s crimes enumerated in the Declaration of Independence to see how many our current King George had committed. It’s not my best work, but if you are so inclined, you can read it here.