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A day we still celebrate, and always will. It is the spark that started the fire of the Light that America still is. Yes we have our bruises, and our scars can make us seem ugly at times. Yet they only add color to a nation Of the People, By the People, and For the People.

We are far from perfect, and we make wrong choices, we do however eventually get it right. Today we are in a period of transition. Some are elated, some are in despair, and too many are just oblivious.

Yet the majority of us have faith. Faith in our nation as a whole. Faith in each other, and faith in God.

I stand here today and give thanks. I have God in my Heart, the light of Jesus in my eyes, a Bible in my left hand, and a revolver in my right.

I wish you ALL well this day.

Happy 4th of July

Patrick

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12 thoughts on “The 4th of July

  1. Best wishes to all our American friends. Have a great day -You all put the ‘tang’ in this tangled web 🙂

  2. Bernard –

    That’s a good spot.

    Daniel Hannan is absolutely correct. As someone has pointed out in these here parts, there was no American revolution.

    The revolutionary war was a British civil war. It was fought on one side by British colonists in defence of their ancient English liberties. The Bill of Rights is simply a statement of those liberties, based on the common law. What’s more, many Britons over here supported their compatriots over there.

  3. Interesting Column by Hannan. Totally inaccurate, on most of the details. All in all the typical propaganda some Brits have to tell themselves.

    The fact that a couple of you buy into it is of no surprise. I hope you all had a great day yesterday. Mine was filled with Barbeque, and Fireworks.

  4. ” The revolutionary war was a British civil war. It was fought on one side by British colonists in defence of their ancient English liberties. The Bill of Rights is simply a statement of those liberties, based on the common law. What’s more, many Britons over here supported their compatriots over there.”

    “NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!”
    The whole point was that Britain was treating the colonies as a cash cow, expecting to pay taxes to the mother country without realising that the colonies were rapidly turning into a country.
    So the people of the New World colonies revolted.
    I believe this is action is referred to as a Revolution?

  5. Agit8ed –

    That’s simply not true. Taxation in the colinies was much lower than in Great Britain.

    The Tea Act actually reduced the price of tea imported into the colonies. It also freed up colonial officials from London’s control, so they could act independently.

    Both moves were opposed by tea smugglers. The smugglers, who were often official tea merchants, were undercut by the Tea Act and fomented the Boston Tea Party. The idea that it’s all about a rebellion against an imposition of rising taxes is nonsense and propaganda.

  6. //The idea that it’s all about a rebellion against an imposition of rising taxes is nonsense //

    The American colonists were by all accounts a very shrewd bunch; there is no way they could have been duped into such a drastic act of rebellion by a gang of smugglers.

  7. ” The idea that it’s all about a rebellion against an imposition of rising taxes is nonsense and propaganda.”

    You mean it was some kind of conspiracy Pete?
    You really must stop associating with Allan.. 😉

    ot
    Good stuff about Warren Gatland though.

  8. Noel Cunningham –

    They weren’t a gang of smugglers, they were – primarily – tea merchants who smuggled tea also.

    Would the Boston Tea Party Historical Society explanation be acceptable? There are many, many sources out there for this.

    (For the avoidance of doubt, I’m correcting propaganda and not criticising smuggling, which is often a heroic activity.)

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