Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

As an exercise, take note of who uses the proper and correct name for the holiday.  Especially from politicians and businesses.

You'll notice how most want to call the day "The Fourth of July", not Independence Day.  One would almost get the impression they don't want you thinking about "Independence".  Instead, they just want you to think its a box on a calendar and that its all about fireworks and buying stuff.

Stop and think about how O'Reilly and others would react if everyone wanted to refer to Christmas as "The Twenty-Fifth of December".  You'd hear screams about how they want to take Christ out of the holiday.

Seems like most of the people who want to tell you how to think want you not to think about concepts like "Independence".

On a related note, also take note of how often you hear all of the text of the Declaration of Independence.  You hear the beginning part this time of year, although even that seems to be more and more rare as I get older.  But how often do you hear all of the following.

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 of 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 shewn, 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.
Something to think about on Independence Day.

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