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Why the 4th of July is a sad day

The 4th of July is sad day because it should mean something but it doesn't anymore. Somehow, between 4th of Julys throughout many many years, the American people willfully gave away every last bit of what they celebrate.

All over America, licensed drivers and their legal spouses will leave their heavily taxed homes and travel in their government approved vehicles to government owned parks to watch licensed technicians launch regulated pyrotechnics into the air; as long as they make it through the security checkpoint. And call it a celebration of freedom!

I saw a sign today that said, "Land of the Free because of The Brave" and I thought, we are no longer either free or brave as a nation. We subject ourselves to laws that infringe every right God ever gave us and surrender our freedom BECAUSE of fear.

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no longer free?

at what moment was the individual free? I don't think there was such a time on this continent.

The founders deliberately created monster governments that claimed control over every aspect of american life.

State constitutions are totalitarian, leaving few rights to the individual.

Federal government has the ability to decide any controversy it is a party to.

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The Libertarian Highlight of my 4th of July...

Was going downtown to "Liberty Park" to hear an Elvis Impersonator while watching a booth trying to get people to pledge not to drink and drive, to observe the speed limit while driving, and to wear their seatbelts at all times. Exactly what I was thinking of in the "land of the free, home of the brave"?


"The world has never known more oppressive governments or bigger governments than those which profess the cult of liberty." - Donald Sanborn

It makes me so sad

When i think of all the deception my entire family and all the people in this country (and the whole world) have been subjected to by this Leviathan we call the US Guberment. I know the sheep and my family are good people with good intentions and good hearts (most of the time at least), but little do they know. I'm sure if those people woke up, they'd look for more answers and join a REAL liberty movement. I know I did!

From Sad To Hope.

+1, thank you for being fair and kind about average folks. the sheep appear so innocent in their ignorance. there is a biblical quote - I do not remember the verse #, says = "O' Lord, they do not know". Your post reflects it, is so encouraging, raises hope - that the human condition can improve with awareness.
1st, they have to wake up, you as an example.

I needed this dose of hope, I do not know how I reached your post, the title caught my attention, - I was in a similar state after reading (about killing of innocents or without trial) on another DP thread - http://www.dailypaul.com/244064/anwar-al-awlaki-what-the-med...

So, our mood & attitude can change with what we see / or focus on, =
its good fortune to find hope, for this we give thanks.


I disagree!!! The 4th of July is GREAT DAY AND FULL OF HOPE!!!

This day is a great opportunity that can be used to motivate oneself and others to expand our freedom and liberty in this nation. After all its still a legal holiday.(imagine if it became illegal to celebrate? now that would be sad)

Some of the things we have to be thankful, grateful and exited for on this day of the official birth of our nation are listed below.

1-- We still have many of our guns and ammo . (not all, of course)

2-- They haven't instituted martial law, so there is still time to organize resistance and prepare to fight them when/if need be.

3-- They haven't forcefully sterilized people yet. (secretly they are via some vaccines and gmo corn ,soy ,etc) but not yet via the point of a gun.

4-- We still have the internet to communicate to each other with , and to get as much real news as possible.

5-- We can still choose to not vaccinate our children (in most states)

6-- We can still grow gardens, (in most states) and raise chickens,etc

7-- There are still people in the usa who care and may be willing to fight to preserve our nation. (not as many as we want, but some)

8-- We can still peacefully assemble in most states.

9-- We can still start businesses , and make them successful even with the ungodly regulations that are upon many people in many states.

10--We can still buy fireworks and light them off (while ironically the Native American reservations have the coolest ones still)

11-- Its still legal to read the bible, koran, book of the dead or whatever holy book/beliefs you pursue.

12-- They still have books that can be read in public libraries across the usa where a person if highly motivated can self educate him/her self on a variety of topics.

13-- Shooting ranges are still open. (my favorite)

14-- We can still print newspapers and be our own media.

15-- We Can still form our own militia and train /prepare for any armed conflict that may or may not occur.

16-- You can still buy a house/land and get the actual deed w/ mineral rights.(if you know how) in many states.

17-- We can still prepare for disasters/ etc by purchasing large amounts of supplies and stockpiling those supplies carefully. (in most states this is still allowed.

I could go on... so if you have any thing else to add feel free.

I agree brother, nothing to

I agree brother, nothing to be proud about any longer. I'm pretty sure the Founders cry on this day!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

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the farce of july

sad but, true.

As of this 4th of July, this

As of this 4th of July, this day's significance is gone. This day just blows. There's no freedom. There's only celebration for fakery that some people understand and some people don't understand and probably never will. Today sucks. This day is a ruse.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

I served 8 years in the Navy

I served 8 years in the Navy and so on the 4th and Veterans Day I always get thank yous. I get the thanks, but with the NDAA and Patriot Act, this isn't what I wanted. I served from 91 - 98.

I swore to uphold and defend the Constitution, but I go to a Mayday march and the well armed military style force is making sure I practice my Constitutional rights properly.

We have nothing to celebrate.

It IS kind of sad...

I've felt for awhile that Independence Day should be a memorial for what we've lost, not a celebration of what we have.

I hope everyone here realizes that it is up to US to restore our freedoms. If its going to be done, WE have to do it.

It's a duty, but also an honor. That duty and honor is the same that fell to the patriots of 1776. They are truly our brothers (and sisters!) in arms.

The Home of the Incarcerated

and the land of the scared. America locks up more persons pre capita then any other country in the world. China is a distant second. China arrests white collar criminals disproportianatly to the US. 1 in 3 persons under the age of 23 in America has been arrested (Pediatrics Magazine Feb 2012) Americans think that safety matters more then anything. We have sacrificed freedom for false security. Americans fear death and want to live forever. The American dream- live fat die old.

An Accurate and Timely Observation, Mike

Utterly accurate.

The question remains, what do 'we' do when the party-process lock is finally inescapably apparent to 'us' and when government does not relinquish their ever-increasing control grid and predations?


Two are being circumvented and abrogated, the third is under constant assault from all directions,

There will be NO relinquishment of control by collectivist-gov't and NO restoration of the Republic by collectivist-gov't, nor will there be any take-over of the establishment via the ballot-box with a subsequent 'we the people' restoration.

A reflection on the day and its intent and the ultimate result is in order.

Another fake government holiday

Government listen up, I call when I choose to be a holiday, which is every day, I do not seek your permission and I sure do not respect or acept your proclamations. You puppets who borrow your own money at a compounding loanshark rate from a counterfiter. What am I to believe? I think your in on the scam and I think just because you hide that shill corporation under several layers of other corporations I still can find the real humans pulling this false national debt scam.

So happy 4th of July and 5th and so on.

Every day is my holiday.


This day

This day is memorial of freedom, that you HAD, and still COULD HAVE. Some elements of this puzzle are already on place - Constitution, states, single winner voting system, family and tradition.
Memory of lost freedom and chance of retrieving it is more, than 90% population of Earth ever had. You are spoiled :)
What Americans need is "only" tearing veil of illusion, that government help people. What Americans need is to love liberty more that security and convenience.

We can all pray for our country

We can pray for the bureaucrats to repent of accepting money that was taken from their neighbors by force.

We can pray for people to stop joining the military.

We can pray for people to wake up long enough to end their addiction to the media that feeds them almost nothing but lies.

And frankly, I see nothing wrong with thinking globally and acting locally. Neither of that has much to do with the 4th of July anyway. :)

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God helps those

who help themselves. We must act now to restore our country.

We should celebrate for what we once had, and will have again.

We shall have a born again experience in this country.

See you in Tampa!!!

Sad but true...I'm not celebrating it anyway

I went to Germany and Italy recently. We have no more freedom than those countries. The U.S. is just another socialist state among many.

I lived in Sicily for 3 years

I lived in Sicily for 3 years from 07' to 2010 and traveled Europe extensively. I couldn't help feel that some of those places felt even more free than us. Try telling that to the average American though. I'll still spend a good portion of today reminding people of why we have this day and what we've lost since it's origin.

Airport security in Italy was great

When I left Italy, all I had to do was take out my keys and cell phone and walk through a metal detector. That's it. No taking off shoes and belt. No removing my wallet. No body scanner, and no TSA. Italy sure felt more free than the Newark airport.

Thank you for writing this!

It really needed to be said and you did a great job articulating it. Now I can go on with the rest of my day - pasting on a phony smile for my neocon friends who won't listen to reason while they talk about this upcoming election being the "most important" election ever; getting sick to my stomach when they say that we'd better elect Romney or else...

When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, sir, was the primary object. - Patrick Henry

Or...and I'm just putting it

Or...and I'm just putting it out there...you could get drunk and take off your clothes and start talking about how we need to end the FED. They'll either get converted or leave you the hell alone!

Speaking of the Fed, I got

Speaking of the Fed, I got invited by a friend to watch the Minneapolis fireworks on top of the Fed building. It is tempting to go out of the pure irony, but at the same time I would probably end up making a comment which would offend someone who works there, especially since one of my friends is pursuing her PhD in econ and works there...

Wanna rile em up?

I started going to 4th functions (parties, parades, fireworks etc.) and obnoxiously shouting how kooky, insane, and out of touch the founders were, and that anyone who actually believes in them or the constitution is a kook. When folks get mad at me I quickly act all sheepish telling them I forgot this was the 4th of July and apologize saying I thought it was one of the other 364 days of the year. Boy does it just get quiet then! lol

Happy In Dependence Day!

Happy In Dependence Day! Today is the day Americans set aside a time to consider how much freer we were under good old King George the third than we are today...or something like that.

Seriously, great post!


"In Dependence."

In Memory of the Sacrifices of our Founding Fathers

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart. Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

Who were our nation's first patriots? More here: http://keelynet.com/4th99.htm

well written; thank you--

it has been VERY hard not to be depressed for many 4ths now--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

freedom from WHAT!?

today we celebrate our freedom...but freedom from what? the British? No, freedom from an oppressive government! And no, we're not free from an oppressive government, so today can be used to re-ignite the passion for freedom this is in our Nation's foundation, at least we have that historical prescient to strive for.