In Congress, July 4, 1776
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.
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…
…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 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.
Happy Independence Day everyone. I have to say I’m more optimistic about the future at the halfway point of this year than I was at the beginning. The enthusiasm seems to be waning on the part of those who would destroy our country from within, which has got to drive the ones providing the funding and logistics a bit nuts. I don’t imagine they’ll quit — they never do, hence the famous saying, “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”
A long time ago, probably 15 years ago at least, I ended up spending most of my 4th in my pickup. I had to pick up a delivery from the Denver airport so drove up there, a couple of hours on the highway, to find that the shipment had not made it onto the right plane. So I sat in the parking lot listening to the radio till the next plane came in, then had the long drive back.
That day Hugh Hewitt had several hours of air time, spent in a long and utterly fascinating interview with a historian who detailed the many many times this nation was saved by what can only be seen as divine intercession. The man had a very annoying way of speaking and it was not easy to listen to him, but what he had to say was so riveting it really didn’t matter.
He finished with the story of how Jefferson and Adams finally became friends, how they wrote hundreds of letters back and forth to each other, and how they both died within hours of each other on the 50th anniversary of our nation’s founding—-July 4.
I was uplifted. I was elated. It was the most upbeat, inspiring and downright wonderful thing i ever heard. That night, watching the fireworks, I was in tears, literally overwhelmed with gratitude for the hand of God helping guide the Founders and interceding in our hours of need. I was so honored to be a citizen of this great land, for all the reasons I had always known but then in addition because of the awareness of the importance of this country to God.
I wrote to Hugh asking him to put the show on tape, saying I would buy a dozen right off the bat, to keep and give as gifts. He wrote back saying he had had many requests to do so but was in the middle of putting a Shakespeare series on tape, and it is a major undertaking, and he didn’t know if he would ever do it.
Every year I try to tune into his show to see if he is running this wonderful show again, and I have never caught it. But I have never forgotten the impact of hearing it.
God bless this nation. Happy 4th !!
This is a very interesting, and upsetting, article on Front Page. While most of it is not completely new to us (“us” being people who pay attention to things like this) it is still alarming. I plan to buy some of if not all the books cited in the article. One thing I like about the article is its explanation for the suicidal death spiral of Europe.
The basic facts are few: after the mass slaughter of World Wars I and II, Europe faced a labor shortage. Europe voted in socialists, and promised cradle-to-grave benefits. To solve both problems, Europe imported large numbers of often Muslim laborers. The World Wars’ horrors, documented in excruciating detail, followed by the collapse of European imperialism, caused many elites to feel ashamed of their own identity, and to promote cultural relativism and multiculturalism. Europe abandoned its Judeo-Christian roots and the concept of the nation-state. Europe’s most theatrically “moral” and “enlightened” elites promoted “diversity,” open borders and a denigration of European culture as the height of virtue. At the same time, non-European cultures were assessed as superior.
These trends reached their climax in recent years, when massive numbers of mostly Muslim migrants made their way toward Europe in rickety boats and fragile rafts, and Europe, led by Angela Merkel, announced, “Come on in. Our social safety net will support you with cash, housing, and healthcare. Our multiculturalism will elevate you above any critique.” Among the migrants were some who indeed assessed their own culture not only as superior to European culture, but as the culture that should, through violence and terror, dominate the world. The inescapable boogeyman of this tale is simple mathematics. Muslims have more children; Europeans have fewer. “By the end of the lifespans of most people currently alive, Europe will not be Europe and the peoples of Europe will have lost the only place in the world we had to call home,” as Murray puts it.
I keep going back, in my mind, to 1956 – when the Brits, Israelis and French decided to smack down Nasser over the Suez Canal and we forced them to back down…that, in a way, was the end of it. We had said, essentially, to every tin horn dictator out there who could spew some anti-West rhetoric, “go for it”. And so it has been since then. And it also deflated the Europeans…from that point on, they started to simply accept that they were the losers and ceased to have any spirit of self defense. What is happening, now, is a natural outgrowth of what happened, then.
You think about the fact that more Muslim Algerians fought for France than for Algerian independence…obviously, in spite of some really bad policy of the French vis a vis Muslims, plenty of them back then still felt that being a French Muslim was the better option. You also realize that France had essentially won the war in Algeria…and then threw up the sponge after we cut them off at the knees over Suez. The Brits started to withdraw from the world…and now the Royal Navy is so small that it can’t even defend Britain against a determined naval adversary. That is just incredible when you think that Britain is just as dependent upon imports to survive as they were before…they have essentially placed themselves at the mercy of the strongest naval power. Right now, that’s us…but suppose we get beaten at some point? Britain then becomes what Brits worried about 100 years ago – becoming the conscript ally of a foreign power.
Europe is dying simply because the people there have lost the will to live…and they lost it because their leaders decided that dependence upon us plus welfare for the people was the best option. Its really rather sad.
This is one of the comments on a Front Page Bill Whittle piece on “The Truth vs CNN”
The MSM pays lip-service to its supposed commitment to high standards of journalistic
ethics. Yet what happens when one of its own is found violating those ethics? Not much,
Dan Rather was busted knowingly using “fake but accurate” documents as the centerpiece
of his hit piece on President Bush. He retired a few months earlier than he’d planned, but
he’s still regarded as an “elder statesman of journalism” and today teaches a course on
Finding the Truth in the News. I kid you not.
Brian Williams was busted in multiple lies: about being in a helicopter taking fire in Iraq,
shaking hands with the Pope, being at the Brandenburg Gate the night the Berlin Wall
fell, flying into Baghdad with SEAL Team 6, etc. He was let go as anchor for NBC Nightly
News, but instead of ending his career, he was moved laterally– and is currently anchor
for MSNBC. Oh, and Williams recently had the chutzpah to host a segment back in
February on Trump’s “lies”. Clearly, a liar at William’s level needn’t fear forced retirement.
Of the 160 or so “reporters” implicated in the JournoList scandal of 2009, where an email
group of press, academics and Democrats met online to discuss how to shape news to
further the left’s political ends, none that I know of has experienced a career setback.
Again, when confronted with blatant violation of basic journalistic ethics, the MSM reacted
with a yawn.
Similarly, the MSM was indifferent to the wikileaks revelations of high-profile journalists’
collusion with the Clinton campaign during the ’16 election. Sure, there were stories on the
emails, quickly buried. There were opinion pieces published defending the 65 presstitutes
implicated. But no one seems to have lost their job over their blatantly partisan behavior.
James O’Keefe of Project Veritas, an actual journalist, recently secretly taped John Bonifeld, a producer at CNN, as he described his all-too-common take on journalistic standards:
“All the nice cutesy little ethics that used to get talked about in journalism school, you’re just
like– ‘That’s adorable, that’s adorable’. This is a business.”
Until the MSM decides that journalistic ethics mean something, its credibility will
continue to evaporate. Those standards aren’t the relics of a bygone era– without them,
a free press devolves into clickbait, infotainment and propaganda, and the republic suffers.
A great comment on a great Whittle piece.
Quick quiz: Can you name five true journalists in this country?
Once you name James O’Keefe, you’re pretty much stumped, aren’t you?
Sharyl Attkisson is the only other one that comes to mind. Pretty sad state of affairs.
Brit Hume – but he’s just commentary, now.