Friday, July 04, 2014

Fourth of July

On this day in 1776, representatives of 13 American colonies declared independence from Britain, citing a "train of abuses and usurpations" starting with unjust taxation and getting worse from there.

I urge you to read the actual text of the Declaration; it's very instructive.

Thing is... the taxes that caused the colonies to rebel were nothing in comparison with what Americans pay today. The government in Washington treats its citizens worse than George III treated his subjects. And America's foreign policy is that of the British Empire: invade, divide and rule, lie and deceive, betray and corrupt - all the while claiming to be a force for good (then it was "civilization," now it's "democracy," in both cases stripped of all meaning).

And the worst thing? Most Americans either don't realize this... or if they do, they don't care. Today is for grilling, beer and fireworks - all fine things, mind you, of which I myself intend to partake. But while I do so, a part of my mind will continue to wonder: is this really what the Founders had in mind when they invoked "the protection of divine Providence" and pledged to each other "our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor"?

1 comment:

cardinal points said...

Not directly linked to 4th July.. but here in France, preparations are being made for the 14th of Juillet:

There is a photo on twitter that will you attract your attention. The Albanian flag, alongside the Algerian one... for the military review down the CHamps Elysee.

There is also Bosnia, Kosovo and Serbia... but with a Yugoslav flag featured in the guide for journalists!

Guide du journaliste Ministere de Defense 2014 (pdf)..

It is all about the 1st war world!