Independence Day

I have always said HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!  And I won’t anymore…I’ll be saying HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY because the date isn’t the important thing, it’s not the point, it’s what it MEANS TO US.

Wikipedia says “Independence Day (colloquially the Fourth of July or July 4th) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States, on July 4, 1776″

Tell us what YOU this INDEPENDENCE means to YOU……..on any level.   We all get that we celebrate the Declaration of Independence today, but take it a step further…what has INDEPENDENCE in AMERICA meant to YOU?




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31 Responses to Independence Day

  1. kidme37 says:

    I had this very thought yesterday. Independence Day. One of the few times a people took the yoke off from their neck and tossed it aside along with some hot lead back towards those who would enslave them, economically or otherwise. The Declaration of Independence, one of the greatest events in world history.

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  2. Mustang says:

    The Declaration of Independence was an instrument of political defiance against “lawful authority,” and while it served as a popular indictment against the King of England (he’s named several times throughout), the underlying problem was with the British Parliament. As an aside, looking at the Parliament today, as a body of British politicians, they have yet to learn any worthwhile lessons about institutional tyranny. The British people today have as much contempt for Parliament as we did in 1776. But if you believe, as I do, that the American Revolution began long before the Declaration of Independence, then what we are really celebrating is an acknowledgement that our ancestors had some wonderful ideas and passed them along to us so that today, we too treasure our inalienable rights. The process was as much evolutionary and it was revolutionary; imagine, freedom to think, express, affiliate, act, and choosing for ourselves our pathway through life. Amazing ideas.

    I have often thought that, well, Canadians were British subjects too … and they were able to avoid “revolutionary war.” And while this is true, Canadians are not Americans. The Canadian Parliament today is as screwed up as the British Parliament ever was, and the people of Canada are suffering because of it. I’m not gloating because I see the United States moving ever steadily toward popular tyranny … and tyranny, in any form, is anathema to our culture and our way of life. On this special day, where we acknowledge the foundation of our unique liberties, all of us must be aware that what President Reagan once told us is undeniably true. “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on to them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children’s children, what it was once like in United States where men were free.”

    Wise up, America. You were never before in greater danger of losing your freedoms than right now, today. If you are no longer willing to fight for your freedom, then you probably no longer deserve it.

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  3. peter3nj says:

    Well stated Mustang.
    I need to note one particularity this year. For as long as I’ve lived in my neighborhood- 18 years- the fireworks started around mid June almost nightly up till and including the 4th, always visible looking out from our back patio. This year thus far not a single boom. We can only hope its pandemic related.

    This is a bit long but worth watching…Happy 4th to all

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  4. geeez2014 says:

    Quote of the day
    The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.
    —Frederick Douglass

    I have to admit I just Googled HONEST v TRUTHFUL and was blessed for it:

    “The main difference between truth and honesty is that truth refers to the absolute reality of facts whereas honesty is a quality of being sincere and being able to represent ideas in an accurate, convincing manner. Being honest means not telling lies or the quality of presenting their opinions…”


    If we are HONEST, we acknowledge that TRUTH, right? (I like that…good one, Z HAHA!!)

    Today, the Left is NOT HONEST (well, not just today)….in that they are reframing our TRUTHS to adjust to leftwing agendas………


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  5. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, I LOVE what you wrote there…thank you. yes, one of THE greatest events.

    BY the way:

    I’m reading Ben Shapiro’s FB page and the comments are interesting. His post is about the knocking down of statues and some Southerners are writing that they never thought of the statues in their community squares as hateful, they just see them as part of the past, not celebrating bad treatment of slaves!
    Someone wrote to these women saying “You’re preserving adoration of slavery” etc etc….”it’s like NAZI Germany celebrating its past”
    I wrote that the Southerns deserve to feel as they do about their statues they NEVER regarded as sinister, just their past….and I added I’d lived in Germany and people who weren’t even alive during WWII cringe and shrink back when the holocaust is brought up, and do we want THAT in our Southerners? I think not.

    Interestingly, a Catholic Priest (Fr Brian) wrote a comment about if we build future statues to important Americans, we ought to have a legal waiting period before we build them …I thought that was a great idea because, as I said to him at FB, if we don’t, we’ll have years of Conservative statues built, then the Dems’ll get in and we’ll have four years of leftwing statues built!!! Right? Fr Brian is a smart one!! 🙂


  6. geeez2014 says:

    Mustang “popular tyranny” is a REALLY REALLY interesting way to put it. I fear you’re right and I know THAT must stop.

    Remember some years back I started using the term TYRANNY OF THE MINORITY? Kind of proud of that because I’d never seen that expression before…it was always the Left screaming TYRANNY OF THE MAJORITY. Then THEY got in and we started seeing that bad people, drug addicts, nasty leftwing cause NUTS, etc., were winning….on many levels….that’s when I remember thinking this is TYRANNY OF THE MINORITY. That is NOT democracy, that is NOT representing the will of MOST of the people………it’s BAD.

    peter…I hope you’re right and it’s not a lack of patriotism I think you’re alluding to. We’ve been hearing fireworks for weeks here in my L.A. neighborhood (very liberal)….And I’ve been seeing on Facebook that MANY (particularly dog owners) are begging folks NOT to do fireworks because of the noise.
    Maybe your laws were stricter against them this time? Do you know?


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  7. geeez2014 says:

    BEN CARSON just posted the words of another Black man I’m too lazy to find the name of (!) and this really answers my POST QUESTION WELL:

    “Today is the day that we celebrate our independence as a nation, but we should also be mindful of our independence as individuals. We are living at a time when there are forces in our society that try to blunt our personal independence by intimidating us into submitting to their ideologies. Those who resists them are called nasty names or targeted for economic or social destruction.

    Personal independence and freedoms must be preserved for the sake our children and their children. If our country is not only to be saved but to thrive in the future, we must be willing to stand against oppressive rhetoric as we fight for traditional American beliefs.

    We cannot be “the land of the free” if we are not “the home of the brave.” Happy Independence Day. ”

    MUSTANG…I think that would really appeal to you, particularly!

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  8. peter3nj says:

    @geeez Historically Jersey dogs and their owners were great fans of fireworks. But things change. When was the last time you saw a dog peeing on a fire hydrant or biting a mailman?


  9. geeez2014 says:

    Re VIRUS:


    WHAT THE???

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  10. geeez2014 says:

    Written by an Armenian friend from my childhood who has lived in AZ for years now:

    “I was raised in Southern California, during a time when most everyone treated each other with respect. We didn’t eat a lot of fast food because it was considered a treat, not a food group. We drank Kool-Aid, Tang and Country Time Lemonade. We ate bologna sandwiches, PB&J & grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, but mostly home made meals consisting of mainly meat, potatoes, vegetable, bread & butter and homemade dessert.

    We grew up during a time when we would gather pop bottles to return for money and use it to buy candy. (We even got a brown paper bag to put the candy in). You could get a lot for just $1.00. We also helped around the house, help neighbors with chores, and cleaned the house and mowed during the summer. We went outside a lot to play games, ride bikes, run with siblings and friends & played hide and seek, hopscotch, Red Rover, red light, Mother May I, kickball, baseball, basketball even dodgeball. We drank tap water or from the garden hose outside… bottled water was unheard of.

    No cell phones.

    We ate hot meals and cold cereal at the breakfast table before going to school. We watched TV as a family in the evenings: Ed Sullivan, Beverly Hillbillies, Carol Burnette and Friends, World of Disney, Green Acres, Mutual of Omah’s Wild Kingdom and Kids Say the Darndest Things.

    After school, we came home and did homework and chores and went outside to play. We watched cartoons on Saturday morning. We went to Sunday School and church most Sunday’s. We went to little league games and neighborhood cookouts and played in the dirt.

    If you were bad in school, you got in trouble there and when you got home you got in trouble again because your parents already knew.

    We would ride our bikes for hours and talk until it was almost dark. We would have our friends stay over on Friday and Saturday nights and watch spooky movies on Classic Nightmares.

    You LEARNED from your parents instead of disrespecting them and treating them as if they knew nothing. What they said was the gospel.

    If someone had a fight, you were back to being friends afterwards or the bullying pretty much ceased.

    Kids that were around guns were taught how to properly use them and to respect them and never thought of taking a life.

    You had to be close enough to home to hear your Mom yelling or Dad whistling to tell you it’s time to come home for dinner. We ate around the dinner table and talked to each other as a family unit. We said the Pledge of Allegiance, stood for the National Anthem & listened to our teachers.

    We watched what we said around our elders because we knew If we DISRESPECTED any grown up we would get our behinds whipped, it wasn’t called abuse, it was called discipline! We held doors, carried groceries and gave up our seat without being asked.

    You didn’t hear curse words on the radio in songs or TV, and if you cursed and got caught you had a bar of soap stuck in your mouth and had to stand in the corner for quite some time. “Please, Thank you, Yes M’am and Yes, Sir” were part of our daily vocabulary!

    These were the days of no worries.

    Re-post if you’re thankful for your childhood and will never forget where you came from! Wouldn’t it be nice if it were possible to get back to this way of life? It’s possible, keep working. I know I’m paying it forward.”

    I’ll bet YOU can tell a very similar story……….THIS IS WHAT AMERICAN CHILDREN ARE MISSING TODAY. Remember watching TV as a family? HA! Forget TV….how about EATING as a family, which apparently is also rare these days! And, make no mistake; it’s intentional. Why schedule school sports on SUNDAY MORNINGS? Why have practices DURING DINNER TIME…they weren’t before!

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  11. peter3nj says:

    @geeez- If I’m correct Ben Carson is falling down on the job. I can’t cite the legislation or the act Obama’s HUD Secretary gave us but the left is looking to stop construction of single family dwellings in the suburbs and have the fed’s take over zoning in the burbs.. Carson in his capacity as HUD secretary was to kill this but hasn’t and it looks as though he isn’t going to even though its said he’s working on it. I know this appears vague but basically it seems the brain surgeon may be out of his league.


  12. Mustang says:

    Most people should realize by now that anyone infected by the H1N1 or SARS virus (part of the Covid family of viruses) will naturally test positive … and that being the case, what is the basis of all these new hospitalizations? If a large number of people are “carriers” of older viruses, if these have been passed along from one to the next over several years … then what is the point of the masks again? Color me confused …

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  13. peter3nj says:

    @geeez- $1.00 did indeed buy a sack full of candy, and a lemon ice was 5 cents. I love making this analogy: Back then if we found a nickel on the ground we could go to the corner candy store and buy a candy bar-unless it was an Almond Joy or a Mounds which were 10 cents. Today a kid would have to find a $2.00 bill on the ground and get a ride to the 7-11 (there are no more corner candy stores) and hope they weren’t collecting sales tax on the candy bar or you wouldn’t have enough.

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  14. peter3nj says:

    @Mustang- it makes one long for the good old days when only bank robbers or trick or treaters wore masks.


  15. MAL says:

    That guy could be me, also, Z. An Armenian friend, raised in So. Cal., etc. The good old days.
    Sadly, gone forever………
    On another note, during her daily call this a.m. our daughter mentioned her daughter-in-law, a family M.D. at a local hospital, said those with type-O blood (which I have) might be a lot less likely to get the COVID-19 virus, so I checked online and it reports the study was by the Chinese of over 2.100 cases. Type A was the most at risk, per the article. I’m not celebrating the news till WE do the study!


  16. geeez2014 says:

    Mustang, we don’t know yet why all the hospitalizations but I’m very glad it’s not US from what I’ve heard from friends and read. To get hospitalized is a nasty situation…painful, weak. And do NOT let them put you on a ventilator because most never make it and some say they do more harm than good.
    I mentioned a family of five recently who went to get tested, filled in the paperwork and left because it was taking toooo long to get tested…days later, they got indication that they all tested positive.
    But they hadn’t had the test. From what I hear, they’re not alone in having had this happen….My story is to illustrate how the numbers are trying to be blown up………hospitals make more money (so all docs and nurses are complicit, by the way, which really bothers me) and the higher numbers can keep our economy down, which is the goal before the election. Some nurses are on video saying they couldn’t figure out why they were told to diagnose COVID when it wasn’t.

    Peter..The Lone Ranger (thanks, Ed!) was the only one I ever saw with a mask for YEARS 🙂

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  17. geeez2014 says:

    Peter…I don’t know about Carson; I do know his expertise as a surgeon was in no way preparation for the job he has now. Let’s see what happens. If Trump has to let him go, he’ll be considered racist again…or maybe not, since the Black Left considers Ben NOT BLACK.


  18. geeez2014 says:

    Also PETER…I LOVE that story about Francis Scott Keys……….didn’t they take HIS statue down, too? Anybody know WHY? Too patriotic?

    The bastards. (oops!)

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  19. It just occurred to me that if the state demands you wear a mask, they have to provide that mask.


  20. Mustang.Koji says:

    Hello from Vegas and welcome to WordPress, Geeeez! I’m a little hungover. God bless America and our brilliant Founding Fathers.

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  21. “Francis Scott Keys……….didn’t they take HIS statue down, too? Anybody know WHY? ”
    From the third verse of “The Star-Spangled Banner”:
    No refuge could save the hireling & slave/
    From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:/
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave/
    O’er the land of the free & the home of the brave.

    Keys was a massive slaveholder and advisor to Andrew Jackson.
    Those lyrics have been twisted by the left to glorify slavery.
    Quite a stretch, and many academics refute that it refers to American slavery, but rather the impressment of Americans in the British Navy, including blacks.

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  22. bunkerville says:

    History is written by the winners… right now we who treasure liberty are watching as history is being re-wrriten and/or discarded… and that is the truth of the matter. Enjoy the day!! 🙂

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  23. geeez2014 says:

    KOJI SAN….you’re in VEGAS? Not living there now, are you? I hope the hangover was well worth it!! HA!!!! Good to see you here!!!

    Bunkerville…you, too! And you are SO right.

    Ed, thanks for that on Keys………..Oh, well, “another one bites the dust”


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  24. kidme37 says:

    HA HA HA !!

    Excerpt which I cleaned up a bit on how DJT on Creation of a New National Park Chock Full of American Hero Statues !

    Ya gotta love the guy for knowing how to mess with his enemies in a big way.

    Trump to establish National Garden of American Heroes
    President Trump said on Friday that he is creating a new monument honoring “the greatest Americans.”

    He made the announcement at the end of his speech during an Independence Day fireworks celebration at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.

    “I am signing an executive order to establish the National Garden of American Heroes, a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans to ever live,” he said.

    The White House quickly released the text of the executive order, which includes the creation of a task force “for Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes” which will be led by the interior secretary.

    The order said the president will be given a report within 60 days, including a list of potential locations for the garden. The order also contained a list of U.S. historical figures who will receive statues in the garden and it declared that the park should opened for public access before the 250th anniversary of the proclamation of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 2026.

    During his speech, Trump also denounced protesters who have pulled down statues and monuments to historical figures, many of whom had ties to the Confederacy and slavery, calling it a “merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children.” He also said this movement is “openly attacking the legacies of every person on Mount Rushmore.”

    You *** like statues do ya?

    Have a new National Park chock full of them.

    Now try to mess with one of them.

    He has already ordered Federal troops to protect our national heritage statues and monuments, even going so far as to create a mobile force that can deploy anywhere in the country within a few hours.

    Add to that the new Felony charges for trying to destroy monuments and statues that carries a 10 year Felony rap and I think he has pretty much just thrown down the gauntlet to these ********

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  25. MAL says:

    Ed, that undoubtedly is the reason. Good for you pointing that out. As for it being a stretch, yeah. Its quite obvious to everyone that yelling “racial” or “bigotry” has become a means to control by putting you on the defensive. Thats no more about race than BLM!

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  26. kidme37 says:

    MAL, Ed – for example – “Systemic Racism” What is that? Define it. Provide examples proving “Systemic” in modern society. Are there some rednecks running around? Sure. What % of the population are they? What % of the white population has contributed to providing opportunities for success to black people directly or indirectly? – economically and otherwise Let’s compare the two.
    Why aren’t republicans in government asking these questions?

    It’s a non-thing just like all of the democrat talking points.

    Regardless, Landslide.


  27. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, Republicans aren’t doing that because they’re too busy cowering from being labeled RACIST. Remember Strom Thurmond who had a child by his Black maid? Anybody know how MUCH he did for the Black community till the end of his life? TONS…but he’s still looked on as some rapist racist….Robt Byrd was a Klan RECRUITER and said “Gee, I’m sorry!” and has his name plastered all over W Virginia from what i hear…..and everybody says “OKAY…you’re WONDERFUL NOW”
    SO our Repubs are shaking in their shoes…..

    what we REALLY NEED are the many Black Republican YOUNG PEOPLE who speak out in vids on FB, etc…to GO TO CONGRESS and GET HEARD….tell the world how BLM doesn’t do CRAP for Black America, remind us all Dems have done NOTHING for them but screw them via the onset of Welfare and the miserable state of their communities, and also tell parents to slap their kids into wearing pants that fit, comb their hair, go to school, don’t have babies without dads, and GROW UP. ACT LIKE GOOD AMERICANS, it might feel better than living with utter HATE…
    ugh..sorry, what a rant!!!

    “Landslide?” OH boy…………….
    well, if Trump speaks again like he did last night…maybe…

    Anybody HEAR HIM? He actually did what I’ve been BEGGING FOR….he kept his hot, pissed off personality and NEVER CALLED ANYBODY NAMES, DIDN’T BRAG TOO MUCH, SPOKE OF A GOOD FUTURE> See, GeeeZ readers? it DOES work….he didn’t weaken himself by not using silly names and telling untruths..(some of you often tell me he is who he is and that’s just him and you don’t want him to go weak)..HE WAS STRONG AND DECENT…AND CIVIL! Go figure!

    KEEP IT UP, Mr. Pres. I had ZERO idea you read my blog!!! (Smile, folks!)

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  28. Great speech. I wonder how GM felt about it.


  29. Baysider says:

    I didn’t even have to watch Kid’s video. Totally remember the scene from the past. 🙂

    I’m reading Thomas Sowell’s Conflict of Visions now. Just underscores what a massively important philosopher he is. It’s visions of the Constrained and Unconstrained which rest on the perspective we have of the nature of man.

    I’m grateful our founders had the “Constrained” perspective. They saw reality, that evil is inherent in man. Institutions are ways of trying to cope with it for the best trade-off of freedom and constraint. (The unconstrained see the problem with the institutions which smarty guys can tinker with or change out wholesale to perfect the conditions of man. The 18th century French philosopher the Marquis de Condorcet said “everything that bears the imprint of time should be subjected more to distrust than respect.” He was one of the children his revolution ate (died 1794). And guess which vision believes in “nation building” btw?)

    So they bequeathed to us the blessings of liberty with institutions that are the best, if imperfect, remedies for the deficiencies of wisdom and virtue in man. I honor them, faults and all.


  30. MAL says:

    BTW, Z, I believe there is an opening at the WH for a presidential speech writer.


  31. MAL says:

    Ed, I wondered about how Ram Trucks felt about the Ford F-150 comment, too.

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