July 4, 2012, - 11:46 am
G-d* Bless America and Happy Independence Day!
Today’s Fourth of July marks America’s 236th birthday and 236 years of freedom and independence from tyranny and the rule of a monarchy. But it also marks decades of letting those who want to take this all away from us, particularly Muslims, impose their wills on our laws, our culture, and our general lifestyle. We cannot allow this to stand or we will certainly fall. While most Americans are too busy barbecuing, eating hot dogs, and watching fireworks, they’ve not only forgotten what it’s all about, they’re simply too busy on their iPhones and watching cable to notice what is happening around them on American soil. But while we celebrate freedom (and some Americans only celebrate sales and outdoor fun), the enemy never takes a day off. If you go to Muslim-dominated Dearbornistan and Dearbornistan Heights, you won’t notice what today is. It’s business as usual in most of those cities and, sadly, in similar growing enclaves throughout America.
Independence Day Fireworks @ Mount Rushmore. 2008
MUST WATCH GREAT, TOUCHING National Anthem Video Sung by Jewish Choir, “Kol Ish” . . .
We hope for an endless, infinite number of repeats of Independence Day celebrations and an endless supply of freedom and liberty. The more we keep kissing the rears of those who would destroy us on our own shores (you know, those from a certain “Religion of Peace”), the less likely that will be. We must be vigilant in protecting our freedom and the American way of life from interlopers who come here–and a growing number of those who are born here–without the love of those things that are innate to being an American. We also must do our part to help preserve the American way of life. Diversity is not a “virtue.” It’s just a characteristic that can be good or bad. When it is pursued at all cost–with the sacrifice of American values and rights, it’s a detriment. When both candidates for President–one of them currently in office–pursue and endorse policies that hamstring our immigration enforcement and let tens of millions of those who are here illegally remain without fear, it changes the character of America, irreparably. They have anchor babies–babies with birthright citizenship who are taught values and views alien and opposed to American freedom and liberty, and America’s very survival. We must be vigilant in protecting our borders from those without the love of those things that are innate to being an American and those who are–by the design of their lawbreaking parents–born here without that innate love.
And we must be vigilant in protecting an American culture that is quickly dying in the culture wars. The more we promote morons and attack those of true achievement, the less likely our survival will be. The more we attack the entrepreneurial spirit and instead promote and celebrate those whose only achievement is spreading out their legs and popping out a baby, the less likely this country will be around. Here’s a tip: “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “Teen Mom” have nothing American about them. They could take place in any country. If anything, they are anti-American because they push values that are destroying America from within every single day, without a single salvo from Islamic terrorists, Chinese Communists, or illegal aliens. Today, more than 42% of American children are born without a father in their lives, and they are destined for misery and destruction which will be visited upon the rest of us. Illegal drugs, crime, and a total lack of morality is engendered in this group and fewer and fewer of the fatherless overcome it. And yet single motherhood and kids born out of wedlock is glamorized on these shows and in the larger pop culture realm. We also have an ever coarsening sense of entertainment and what is acceptable. “Bridesmaids”-style, “Hangover”-esque crap like “Ted” and others are hits at the box office. Yes, they are funny, but at a long-term cost to American culture. A man I know sent his 14-year-old kid to see the R-rated, filthy “Ted” because, he said, “my kids see much worse on the internet.” And, in this vein, with the ever-growing tolerance for exposing kids to raw sexuality at younger and much younger ages, we are becoming just like Europe. Europe, where kids out of wedlock are a proper accessory as people flit from sexual relationship to sexual relationship and never get married or have intact nuclear families. Europe, where kids are exposed to this kind of rampant, animalistic behavior regularly and then mirror it, without any sense of responsibility, consequences, or commitment. And that’s why they have a giant set of welfare states and economic ruin. It’s why we have the largest welfare state we’ve ever had and it continues to grow, why we are on the precipice of economic ruin and are perhaps already there. That doesn’t foster an environment for freedom and independence. It fosters an environment for ever-growing statism and government interference, where government steps in to reward this behavior and provide an ever-expanding “safety net.” It ends up enslaving us all, even if we still have the freedom to drive down the street and buy a cup of coffee or go to the movies at whim.
And feminism is an enemy of American freedom, too. That’s because it’s not just about freedom–but domination–for America’s female gender. The single motherhood epidemic is just a part of it, with government stepping in as the “father.” Not only does that reward the “slacker guy in his parents’ basement” phenomenon, but we are fostering a nation of slacker men by rewarding women with repeated affirmative action in admissions to college and grad schools, hiring, and promotions. We are fostering a nation of effeminate men and masculine women who assume power, when we’ve embraced a “50 Shades of Grey”/”Magic Mike” male strippers culture, where men are objectified as strippers and trophy sex-partners. If we tell them that this is their only value, they eventually assume that role, and we see that more and more as America’s number and percentage of stay-at-home dads is growing fast. As I always note, matriarchies don’t last. Find one in history that’s still around. Patriarchies are where it’s at, and if we want to save America, we’ll change our ways. But it seems we’ve already lost that war.
Patriotism isn’t just about saluting the flag and being a law-abiding citizen. It’s about changing the endless slide downward. We must change on all of these fronts if America is to survive. In Judaism, when someone celebrates another birthday, we wish them, “Until 120 years,” because that’s how long some of the greats the in the Jewish Bible lived, including Moses (Abraham and Sarah lived even longer). I wish America more than another 236 years, but because of our actions–and more so, our inactions and the cultural environment and open borders, minority-pandering atmosphere we’ve fostered–it will be a different America if it survives. And that’s not a good thing.
Voices of Glory sing “G-d Bless America” . . .
Let’s hope we ultimately take the steps necessary to turn the tide. But the way things are going, on both the left AND the right–both in politics and pop culture, in which single motherhood and feminism are now celebrated by them all, we are losing our civilization, our America. G-d Bless America, and let’s hope He gives us the strength to keep our nation strong and free.
Remember, this is what today is all about–these men were real men, sadly unequaled by far too many Americans today. Great men made America great, not the other way around.
Remember, this is what today is all about:
The Declaration of Independence
Adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776
The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
John Trumbull’s Famous Painting of the Great Men Who Made America Great
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 to 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 shown 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. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.
He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.
He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.
He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:
For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing taxes on us without our consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:
For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:
For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:
For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:
For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.
We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.
New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samual Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
These men disagreed on many things before they signed this and after. They had many long debates and many wanted to remain a province of the British and their king. That was the easy way out–to have a government encroaching on their lives that also paid for everything, every bit of bad behavior. But they finally realized that independence was the only way. Signing and declaring independence from Britain was not an easy thing. It was a daunting thing, especially in that time in a relatively new land with many unknowns and a lot of unconquered territory to the West. Yet, they showed the courage, the cojones–to do so. Their leadership and bravery, with the help of G-d, is the reason why our country exists and is still here today, well more than two centuries later. Let’s never forget their sacrifices and protect our freedom tirelessly. And let’s try to emulate them a little more in a day and age when “sacrifice” is watching “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” on a DVR instead of when it airs. I wonder, today, if we would have the guts–the balls–to make this kind of sacrifice, and I doubt it.
Then, we had great men. Today, we have selfish, fame-seeking politicians. Then, statesmen were the reason the United States declared independence and became a nation. Today, our Armed Forces–our brave soldiers serving to protect us–are the reason our nation is still independent and still here at all. Think of them, also, today while we celebrate our independence, as they remain on guard at this moment for you and me and our freedom and liberty.
Happy Birthday, America. And Many Happy Returns. G-d-willing, better days are ahead for us and not behind us. America, the Best Damn Country on Earth. Let’s Keep It That Way.
* I do not write out the full name of G-d, as this is against the Jewish religion and is considered using the name in vain.
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