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Saturday Matinee: Happy Independence Day!

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If you haven’t read THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE since high school, maybe now is a good time to reread it, given our current economic situation and recent insufferable actions by the current administration.  The Heritage Foundation has an excellent introduction to The Declaration, one of the most influential documents in the history of western civilization.

Since this is our weekly Saturday Matinee, we took a walk through the Utoobage.  The first video that showed up is a very nice professional rendition by a handful of left-wing has-been Hollywood stars and starlets, reciting an EDITED version of the original Declaration, with very convenient omissions… and we’ll NOT post it here.

The next video listed on the Utoobage was well produced also, but devolves within seconds to a criticism of Thomas Jefferson as a slave owner, and, besides ignoring the historical context,  misses the point of The Declaration entirely, and confuses it with the Constitution of the United States. It is in fact the intro to the first video mentioned. We’ll not link to that piece of irrational and inaccurate garbage either.

But then we found this unstilted representation:

Those men, “The Founding Fathers,” had integrity, fortitude, morals, ethics and balls.  They did what they did under threat of being tortured and hanged for treason by the British.

Where can we find such courageous leaders today?  Certainly not in Washington D.C.

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6 Responses to “Saturday Matinee: Happy Independence Day!”

  1. theliteraryhorse Says:

    *re-read the Declaration of Independence*
    GREAT idea. Thanks for the suggestion.

  2. Bunk Strutts Says:

    thelit– If you haven’t seen it already, buy or rent Terry Gilliam’s movie “Brazil.” Intended as a farce, it appears we’re almost there.

  3. Darryl Says:

    >>>>Where can we find such courageous leaders today? Certainly not in Washington D.C.

    I’m in DC so I’m heading off to the British Embassy first thing in the morning with my musket to show them a thing or two.

  4. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Darryl– Good idea. Leave a trail of breadcrumbs so you can find your way back. Keep us posted.

  5. G Eagle Esq Says:

    What would these Founding Fathers think of the Modern USA ???

  6. Bunk Strutts Says:

    G Eagle– First, they would complain about the quality of beer and tobacco. Then they would criticize the prices.

    They would marvel at the absurd levels of taxation imposed upon the successful businesses and individuals of this Great Land and wonder how anyone could have succeeded under such unwarranted regulation to become the most powerful country in the world. Next, they’d discuss how the power of the free market was being frittered away, and how such a country could squander its greatest resource, that of the individual entrepreneur.

    They would likely recobanize the US Gummint as having morphed into the very monster they fought so hard to avoid and prevent. Then they’d discuss moving to New Zealand.

    I posted THIS LINK on 20 June 09. Sure, it’s simplistic, but it works as a primer for those who don’t understand political systems in flux and the logical outcomes of choosing one over the other.

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