Happy Birthday America. Once again, we gather to celebrate tossing out that preening, prancing Hanover prig George III. Of course, this blog is the embodiment of everything that is noble and good in our country. It is here that we defend those rights that define us. If Thomas Paine were alive, he would be one of our regulars (after a lecture on our civility policy).

Tonight we will have our annual cookout and fireworks in McLean. I hope that all of our regulars have a wonderful time today. It may not seem much to get rid of this dandy below, but it was no small feat.

Lest we forget our later fight when the British returned, I give you Johnny Horton’s Battle of New Orleans:

Jonathan Turley

45 thoughts on “HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!”

  1. Tony Messina:

    Good thoughts, all. Jefferson felt his Declaration of Independence had been watered down by Congress’ omitting references to King George as a “tyrant,” and removing his blistering attack on slavery. As John Adams wrote, “they obliterated some of the best of it …”

  2. Cheers to all, and I hope this day finds no purchase of solemn news for all the readers, contributors, and most especially, the host of this blog.

  3. On the surface, everyone enjoys the 4th, but what would be more fun would be to have a discussion about the development of language that was used in the creation of the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson’s rough draft had 2 alterations before it was adopted and his rough draft was not composed totally from his mind on the spot, rather it was a collection of language pieces that were from a variety of documents that already existed. Documents such as the great 1776 Constitution of Virginia that was adopted a month earlier, in June, and too, the Mecklenburg Resolutions wherein the county of Mecklenburg declared their independence about a year earlier than July 4 1776. It’s interesting, but probably not of an interest to the average citizen. Just a thought.

  4. While I am a patriotic military veteran and Republican, this is the song I think of every July 4…

  5. eniobob,

    Thanks for your comment the other day… Not much “light” at the moment, but hoping for better days ahead.. Hope you have a good 4th…

  6. OT?

    Is Torture In America’s Future As Well As In Our Country’s Past?

    by Dan Froomkin



    Glenn L. Carle, whose book “The Interrogator” went on sale last week, says he’s opposed to the prosecution of any CIA agents.

    “I believe the most guilty are the small number of policymaking officials — actually, it was 10 people running the country, from the Department of Justice, the Office of the Vice President and the White House — who ordered that the Department of Justice write these exculpatory ‘you can do whatever you want’ memoranda and willingly subverted the Constitution,” he said.

    “We don’t need more laws. The laws are clear,” he aid. “That was all fucked up by John Yoo, and Addington and Cheney.”

    Carle believes a wide-ranging public investigation would be an education for the American people.

    Once the nation understands what took place, “what we need to do is repudiate what happened and strengthen the values that underlie our laws.” he said.

    “If you get the truth out it makes it harder for people to do this again,” he concluded. “There is no guarantee. But I think the best defense we have is the truth, and hiding nothing.”

    Greenberg said an official inquiry would also lead to “a national discussion about the Constitution.” Specifically, she said, “we need to really think about what we’ve learned in this last 10 years.” The key question would be whether we need more effective checks on executive power.

    “Torture was the giant threshold that we stepped through that in a way made all these other things okay,” she said, ticking off a number of Bush-era activities that Obama has not only continued, but in some cases expanded, such as surveillance, illegal detention, the use of isolation on prisoners and the treatment of American citizens as “enemies of the state.”

    Constitutional scholars, she noted, are becoming increasingly concerned.

    end excerpt

  7. “anon nurse

    I’m very happy for you and yours, rafflaw… This must be a joyous time. I hope you have a safe and wonderful trip… and reunion with your son.”
    You must be walking on cloud 9.And now you can exhale.

  8. Have a safe trip to Chicago, Swarthmore mom — I lived in one of the burbs when I was a kid…

    I so love good pizza… Enjoy.

  9. anon nurse, Romney will do what it takes to get elected. Happy 4th to you. Congrats on your son, rafflaw. Headed to Chicago on Wednesday to eat some Lou Malnati’s pizza. Hope your mother feels better soon, Buddha.

  10. Well, on that note, Swarthmore mom… “That’s the ticket”, comes to mind…

    Fortunately, there’s still time between now and the election… ‘We’ll see”, to parrot my grandfather…

    Happy 4th.

  11. I read that article too, this morning, eniobob. The most depressing thing about the article is Rich’s suggestion that there is a strong possibility that the job killing “plutocrat” Romney may ride to victory by strategically choosing the “populist” Bachmann as vice president.

  12. I’m very happy for you and yours, rafflaw… This must be a joyous time. I hope you have a safe and wonderful trip… and reunion with your son.

    Buddha, I’m sorry to hear about your mother… She’s lucky to have you.

  13. From the Frank Rich article:

    “Obama’s Original Sin

    What haunts the Obama administration is what still haunts the country: the stunning lack of accountability for the greed and misdeeds that brought America to its gravest financial crisis since the Great Depression. There has been no legal, moral, or financial reckoning for the most powerful wrongdoers. Nor have there been meaningful reforms that might prevent a repeat catastrophe. Time may heal most wounds, but not these. Chronic unemployment remains a constant, painful reminder of the havoc inflicted on the bust’s innocent victims. As the ghost of Hamlet’s father might have it, America will be stalked by its foul and unresolved crimes until they “are burnt and purged away.”

    After the 1929 crash, and thanks in part to the legendary Ferdinand Pecora’s fierce thirties Senate hearings, America gained a Securities and Exchange Commission, the Public Utility Holding Company Act, and the Glass-Steagall Act to forestall a rerun. After the savings-and-loan debacle of the eighties, some 800 miscreants went to jail. But those who ran the central financial institutions of our fiasco escaped culpability (as did most of the institutions). As the indefatigable Matt Taibbi has tabulated, law enforcement on Obama’s watch rounded up 393,000 illegal immigrants last year and zero bankers. The Justice Department’s bally­hooed Operation Broken Trust has broken still more trust by chasing mainly low-echelon, one-off Madoff wannabes. You almost have to feel sorry for the era’s designated Goldman scapegoat, 32-year-old flunky “Fabulous Fab” Fabrice Tourre, who may yet take the fall for everyone else. It’s as if the Watergate investigation were halted after the cops nabbed the nudniks who did the break-in.

    Even now, on the heels of Bank of America’s reluctant $8.5 billion settlement with investors who held its mortgage-backed securities, the Obama administration may be handing it and its peers new get-out-of-jail-free cards.”

    Or in the words of Winston Churchill . . .

    “Madam, we’ve already determined what you are. Now we’re just haggling over the price.”

    Thanks for the link, eniobob.

  14. Happy Fourth of July to everyone!! We will be spending a quiet 4th here as we get ready to leave on Wednesday to go welcome my son home from Afghanistan. He is based in Hawaii and has been back for two weeks. This day marks our independence from the fear of the unknown while he was deployed!! Hoorah and Semper Fi!

  15. Buddha,

    “I wonder what we’ll call the holiday that marks the day we throw off the yoke of corporate tyranny…”

    The End of the World as We Know It Day!


  16. Happy Independence Day everyone!

    I wonder what we’ll call the holiday that marks the day we throw off the yoke of corporate tyranny . . .

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