2560px-Declaration_of_Independence_(1819),_by_John_TrumbullThe Fourth is one of my favorite holidays as a time when citizens should put aside our differences and focus on the freedoms that unite us.  After weeks of protests and calls for reform, there is much that must be done to heal this country.  However, the American Republic was always meant to be a work in progress.  We have the ability to change our society but our constitutional system remains the greatest vehicle of justice and equality in the world.  This holiday unfortunately shows how our differences threaten to overwhelm our common article of faith in this representative democracy. There is more than unites us than divides us and this holiday is a reminder of that transcendent fact. Many of us will join today to celebrate these United States and its history and values.  My family will celebrate with a cookout and, of course, lots and lots of fireworks.

We will have a traditional cookout of burgers and dogs with homemade pies and other delights.  One of my sons intends to make a red, white, and blue lava cake for the occasion with flowing raspberry lava. Who needs fireworks on the mall when you have a red, white, and blue flowing lava cake?

I truly love this holiday because it ideally celebrates what we have in common as opposed to what divides us.  For all of our faults and failures, we have triumphed over great evils from without and within. The Framers gave us a system that has withstood it all through the test of time and turmoil.  It will withstand these days and we will find a course forward as a nation.

As a Madisonian scholar, you will have to forgive my quoting James Madison from Essays for the National Gazette, 1792:

madison“In Europe, charters of liberty have been granted by power. America has set the example … of charters of power granted by liberty. This revolution in the practice of the world, may, with an honest praise, be pronounced the most triumphant epoch of its history, and the most consoling presage of its happiness.”

Happy Fourth everyone.


108 thoughts on “HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!”

  1. To think that almost everybody who comments here has graduated from high school…

  2. “On the same weekend in which famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass 168 years ago delivered one of his most historically resonant speeches, a statue of Douglass was toppled from its base and left near the Genesee River gorge.

    Located in Maplewood Park, the statue “had been placed over the fence to the gorge and was leaning against the fence” on the river side, according to a statement from Rochester police. The statue was left about 50 feet from its pedestal.

    The base and lower part of the statue was damaged, as was a finger on the statue’s left hand.”


    TRUMP 2020! Stop the Ignorant Destructive Marxists Fools NOW!

  3. Excellent news from The Economist:

    Right now, our model thinks Joe Biden is very likely to beat Donald Trump in the electoral college.
    Chance of winning
    the electoral college Chance of winning
    the most votes Predicted range of electoral college votes (270 to win)
    Joe Biden
    around 9 in 10
    or 89%
    better than 19 in 20
    or 98%
    Donald Trump
    around 1 in 10
    or 10%
    not quite 1 in 20
    or 2%


    1. The House of Rothchilds own a ~20 % stake in the Economist.

      The House of Agnelli own 43.40 % stake in the Economist. The is almost half, entirely by one family.

      The Cadbury family and Schroder Layton family.

      The Economist is a good magazine, we all like it, lots of information.

      But nothing is unbiased in some capacity, or controlled by the very few, follow the yellow brick road.

      The Editor in Chief of the Economist always attends the closed door private Bilderberg meetings, every single year.

      Follow the Cover Page of the Magazine every new year.

      Google the 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, Cover Page (1x) per year, and you will see the truth of the predictive programming bc most (some) world events, well….you know the rest.

    1. Is that you Snarky Anon? And? So? You read them all didn’t you? Who posts anonymously at 2am about anonymous percentages of the anonymous poster whose comments annoy you?? Sounds like someone with too much time on their hands? Eh, Anonymous? What are you, some kind of ‘nutter’?? Sheesh.

        1. Oh I see…so I am the stupid Anon because I did not osmotically know that you are posting on west coast time? Well excuuuuuuse me Anonymous! So…let’s revise and recap…there you are still up at 11pm on July 4 posting anonymously about your irritations over another’s anonymous comments AND you take the time to go and figure out a PERCENTAGE of the total comments posted by this anonymous poster (to date) to include in your snarky anonymous comment criticizing another anonymous commenter?!! OMG who does that?? Sheesh.

          1. There you go jumping to conclusions and making assumptions, Crazy AND Stupid Anonymous. Who said anything about the “west coast” or “11 pm.”

            As for “irritations”???

            Just making some observations, Sweetie, given your nutty comments. I’m not irritated in the least. “Sheesh.”

            It’s okay, though. We can tell by your comments that you have your troubles, including those with reasoning, analysis, and logic.

            1. Snarky Anon Sweetie….oh Lord….I say irritations, you say observations…you say tomato, I say tomahto….whatevah!! so then why share a link to the time zone converter? Your comment was time stamped 2:10am. Care to share your point? You are a real goofball, Anonymous. Undoubtedly 100%. Cheers!

              1. All comments are “time stamped” as if one were on the east coast.

                The only goofball here is you, honey. SMH. Now grow up and get a life.

                1. “All comments are “time stamped” as if one were on the east coast.” So do tell us then, what was the point of posting the time zone converter? You make no sense Snarky Anon. We can see that you *think* you are oh-so-clever…but alas! it just ain’t so, my love….Cheers! xo “SMH” 😉

                  1. You’re clueless and obviously not very smart. Keep wasting your time on JT’s blog, though, where you can’t do any damage. Real-world stuff is obviously too complicated for you.

                    Keep thinkin’ on the ‘time zone converter’… Maybe eventually you’ll get it, but I’m not optimistic.

  4. Prof JT, I hope you and yours have a wonderful, 4th of July 2020. I hope others on the blawg have a very lovely day as well.

    Our independence as a new nation was declared on July 2nd, 1776, but the edits and approval were finalized on July 4th, 1776.

    I would also like to add, today, the 4th, is the day that John Adams, as well as Thomas Jefferson passed away.

    We should commemorate these individuals and celebrate this great nation in honour of those who believed in the Republic, and the ideologies that it stands for.

    P.S. Keep Luna safe tonight. She needs to be comforted, and maybe a Thunder vest.

    1. One of the regular posters is on a tear, posting anonymously — and saying a lot of crazy shit. It’s the way some of these nutters roll. Too much time on their hands.

  5. July 4, 2011

    Happy 4th of july everyone I hope everyone has a blessed day

    Colin Kaepernick


    Huh. Anyone wonder what happened between 2011 and a few years ago? Hmmmm. Was Kaepernick about to be cut from his team at the time he came up with the idea to “take a knee”?? Huh….let me think….what changed between 2011 and now??? Hmmmmm…..oh but Colin Kaepernick is soooo courageous….let’s keep giving him awards and glorifying his SJW stance….sooooo courageous…NOT!….JUST SPARE THE REST OF Us the crap…..who is sick of the NFL and the SJW Democrat LEFT??? And the lying FAKE NEWS Agenda-driven MEDIA???

      1. Your comment reminds me of a cartoon. In the first frame a man has fallen into the water and is flailing about. He shouts to his dog on the shore, “Lassie! Get help!” The next frame shows Lassie lying on the couch in a psychiatrists office. 🙂

    1. ‘Frederick Douglass was a staunch defender of Constitution & natural rights after he made this 1852, 4th of July speech. His 1852 speech was an attack on the hypocrisy of 4th July as long as slavery persisted. Today the Constitution is the only defense against Kaepernick’s Marxism.’ -Claston Bernard

      Kaepernick on July Fourth: “We reject your celebration of white supremacy” -The Hill

  6. Thinking of the political prisoner Michael Flynn and his courageous attorney Sidney Powell on this independence day. Four year of political persecution is enough. Dismiss the charges now.

    1. Annihilate the treasonous coup, its leader and co-conspirators now!

      Stop the traitors from “…fundamentally transforming…” the United States.

      Insurrection against and subversion of the duly elected government of America is high treason by private and “holdover” public parties.

      For high treason until 1870, Great Britain imposed the penalty of Drawing and Quartering.

      Let’s get this party started!

  7. Hello? Would someone please inform Colin Kaepernick that it is the DEMOCRAT PARTY that was….and still is….the party of slavery, KKK, racism, cronyism, tokenism, etc?!!! And hey Colin, if you don’t know whether to vote DEMOCRAT of not, then “you ain’t Black!”….so says your Uncle Joe Biden – you know….the last segragationist in Congress! So listen up all you Blacks….you MUST vote Democrat…or “you ain’t Black”….got it? THAT is the DEMOCRAT’s version of FREEDOM….heed what THEY tell you to do….or else….Why? b/c the DEMOCRATS are the party of racism, slavery, KKK and they do not believe YOU know how to THINK for yourselves…THEY do your thinking FOR you….get it? yet?? ——->>>>>

    “Former NFL star and activist Colin Kaepernick marked July Fourth by sharing a video of actor James Earl Jones reciting Frederick Douglass’s historic speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” with Kaepernick calling the holiday a “celebration of white supremacy.”

    The video shows images of the Declaration of Independence, slaves, Klu Klux Klan members, lynchings and police brutality as Jones’s voice narrates in the background: “Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us?”

    Kaepernick captioned the video with a strong condemnation of racism and a call for “liberation for all” in the future.

    “Black ppl have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized by America for centuries, & are expected to join your commemoration of ‘independence’, while you enslaved our ancestors,” he wrote. “We reject your celebration of white supremacy & look forward to liberation for all.”

    “slaves, Klu Klux Klan members, lynchings and police brutality….” Colin, all this happened (and continues!) under DEMOCRATS and in DEMOCRAT-controlled cities and states (top to bottom Democrat politicians!) Yes…”Black people have been terrorizied” for centuries….BY DEMOCRATS!!! Please WAKE UP already!!!

    1. Do you know that it was Donald Trump who financed BOTH of Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaigns? Oh but Trump is a “racist”???!!! Try again.

      Do you know that it was Donald Trump who gave business loans to black entrepreneurs in NYC who could not get loans from banks or any other lenders? And when they came back with the loan repayment check, including interest, Donald Trump RIPPED THE CHECKS UP and told them “now go run a successfull business!” and he forgave the loans!!

      There is so much more about Donald Trump that the Democrats and the Media DO NOT WANT you to know….Al Sharpton knows who Trump is, so do the Clintons….so does Jesse Jackson….they all know Trump is a good man who has done so much to help minorites….and he has generously supported Dem politicians…and his beloved NYC…..but this is POLITICS and they cannot say a good word about a REPUBLICAN president or they will be personally destroyed by the media and their inner circles…so pay attention people….the future well-being of our country depends on YOU waking up….!!!

      1. As patriotic Americans celebrate the nation today, remember what we are up against:

        A fascist Democratic Party that wants us to hate ourselves, hate each other, and — most of all — hate America.

        This is our fight.

        1. Your full of s… I’m a long time member of the Democratic party and I don’t believe in any of that.

          1. BTB — Your full of something too, maybe even right up to you’re eyeballs. 😉

            (get it?)

      2. Anonymous– I don’t doubt any of these stories because I know what he did with Mar a Lago, but is there any source material on any of this? I’ve tried googling and not surprisingly nothing comes up.

            1. Ima take Judge Joe Brown for his word. He knows how it went down.

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