In Congress, July 4th, 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.

12 thoughts on “In Congress, July 4th, 1776

  1. Retired Spook July 4, 2019 / 8:27 am

    Quote of the day:

    “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” — Elmer Davis

    Happy Independence Day everyone.

  2. simoneee9 July 4, 2019 / 10:10 pm

    Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States at 9.05am on 4 July:

    • Cluster July 5, 2019 / 8:44 am

      Love this man. It is so refreshing to hear a President speak the politically incorrect truth. And he is doing Justin Amash a favor. Justin is a complete loser and he needs to be self aware of that if he is to have any chance of turning things around in his life. It’s not fun to go thru life without a spine, right? And in a free country, you will be offended and often. Get used to it.

      No more participation trophies Simon. Pull up your big boy pants … if you have any. Or are you a pajama boy?

    • Amazona July 5, 2019 / 10:30 am

      Because Simoneeeeeeek! is by definition a whiner/sniveler, it is safe to assume that when he just drops a post like this it is because it appealed somehow to his inner snivel. He seems to think that quoting a man stating the obvious is somehow—-what? Supposed to upset us? Clearly a strong outspoken man not cowed by the Lefty bully-boys and thugs is very distressing to him, but if he wants someone to huddle with him in fretful concern he needs to go find another blog. This ain’t it.

      His Trump quotations just confirm my conviction that Trump is the best thing that could have happened to this country, as he stepped in and single-handedly slowed our national death spiral and finally, with a little help from a few (very few) actual conservatives started turning it around in some areas. When you look at his successes, many of them are not based on anything he DID as much as what he UNDID, getting rid of the crippling Leftist nonsense that was always designed to impede our prosperity.

      But are right, Cluster—Jammy Simon needs to pull up his Pampers and stop peeing down his leg every time the big orange man sounds so……manly. He should just stay in his safe place with his Play-Dough and some of Mommy’s cookies and stay off her computer.

  3. Cluster July 5, 2019 / 8:38 am

    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

    And that’s it folks. The only “rights” everyone enjoys are life (provided the abortion industry doesn’t get to you), liberty (provided the Democrats don’t govern you) and the pursuit of happiness ….

    Everything else you have to work for. And just a reminder to liberals, demanding that someone else do something for you, ie; healthcare, is NOT a right.

  4. Retired Spook July 5, 2019 / 1:06 pm

    Quote of the Day:

    Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. — Ronald

  5. Retired Spook July 6, 2019 / 10:00 am

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  6. Retired Spook July 6, 2019 / 10:55 am

    Imprimis, the newsletter of Hillsdale College whihc I have linked to on a number of occasions, has an excellent essay on the Electoral College this month.

    • jdge1 July 6, 2019 / 9:09 pm

      Even if electing the President using the popular vote passed legal opposition, I highly doubt anyone could ensure a valid count. We already know of efforts to cheat the system with things like stuffing the ballot boxes, theft and improper used of absentee ballots, votes by dead people, multiple votes by the same person, intentional depression of absentee military votes, and so on. Add to those problems, how would we separate votes for federal elections where certain states are including illegal immigrants votes for local and state votes?

      Too many people have little or no real understanding of the electoral system and how it was designed to protect them. If we as a nation were to lose it, I’m guessing there would be a stranglehold by one party, almost certainly the most socialist party, who would dominate the political system and do everything they could to maintain control it, while at the same time destroying the USA, our constitution, our legal system and our freedoms.

      • Amazona July 7, 2019 / 9:59 am

        It seems to me that a functional Republican organization—Republicans in Congress, the RNC, or better yet a new organization—would spend some time recognizing the problems we identify here, such as the ignorance of the electoral system, the sordid history of socialism, the slippery slope of the recent incursions into privacy by the government and so on, and then work on solving those problems.

        Surely if those of us out here, with no power and little voice but on a couple of blogs, can identify problems at least some of the people who are in positions to act can do it, too.

        The only politician I have ever seen take a problem-solving approach has been Newt Gingrich. He has tried, several times, to kickstart a problem solving attitude. A few years ago he had a web site I thought was promising, but it died on the vine. But that was before things got to the really scary level where they are now, and I think the nation might be more receptive to warnings and input of information than it was a few years ago.

        I have a rich fantasy life, though it is not quite what comes to mind when you hear that phrase. But in that fantasy life, a coalition is formed among several thinkers and doers, who form a comprehensive plan to come at problems from several directions at once. In my fantasy coalition I would have to have a leader who could herd the various egos into line, and the group would include problem solvers like Gingrich and a creative branch that could put together punchy and relevant and above all entertaining media output and that would include Glenn Beck, who owns a studio in Dallas where production could take place.

        I always run into the mental roadblock when I talk to people about something like this of “But the Left would just deny it..” or a similar reaction. To which I say “So what? Even a denial would start a discussion of which side was right and provide ongoing opportunities to make our point.” But we have a paralysis of analysis.

        I go back to the OJ Simpson trial. When I watched that trial, and I watched most of it, I kept thinking that the prosecution was so intimidated by the “Dream Team” that instead of just putting on a coherent case it tried to anticipate what the defense would do and preempt it by creating elaborate scenarios and testimony to head off what they thought might happen. Not that they could have convicted Simpson, not with that jury—as a friend commented, a bus load of black nuns all videotaping the crime would not have led that jury to convict a black superstar—but they would have been running their own trial and not dancing to the tune of the defense. Now I see the Right doing much the same thing, concerned that there will be pushback against anything we try.

        Here is an example: Let’s say that someone went to a certain county in Wyoming and organized some of the billionaires there—-Timothy Mellon, who once wrote a million dollar check to the defense fund of the AZ governor when Obama sued her, Phil Anschutz who owns the Burlington Northern Railroad and the Washington Times and used to own the movie studio that made the Narnia movie series (and who demanded that all the religious imagery remain), Bruce White who owns a large chunk of the Marriott chain, and John Malone (who now owns more land in the US than Ted Turner) –and got them to create a media arm which would produce a weekly hourlong prime time TV show called, for lack of anything better right now, “”What You Didn’t Learn In School”. And let’s say an episode debunked the Leftist rewriting of history that has Columbus not being a brilliant seaman with a vision but a vicious killer out prowling the western oceans looking for civilizations to destroy.

        What would happen? Naturally, the Left would explode in outraged fury, and there would be a firestorm of hysterical howling. What would that accomplish? For one thing, it would distract them from whatever other mischief they are planning or doing. And it would stir up some discussion. And while that is boiling on one burner, the next week might be something less incendiary but still a debunking of a Leftist lie—maybe going after the claim that the attack on Pearl Harbor was a justified defense by the Japanese because of the imperialist threat posed to them by the United States. (I didn’t make that up—-it was an actual display at the Smithsonian.) Or amp it up with something that is equally threatening to the Left, such as “Were The Founders Racist?”

        I am sick and tired of always being on the back foot, always having the Left be the instigator and us being on defense. We have money, we just don’t know how to spend it. We have brains and talent, but it is not being organized and focused. Anschutz is the only one I know of who has tried to put his money where his mouth is, and he is pretty much alone. He makes some mistakes, but he seems to be alone, with no backup. Beck has tried, but his emotions keep knocking him off-track.

        We seem to think if we can’t convert everyone we shouldn’t try. But we need to do the math. I forget the percentage difference in votes for Obama and Romney—let’s say it was 5%. We wouldn’t have needed to win over more than 3% of voters to swing that election. There is a substantial number of people who are locked into support for the Left, for a variety of reasons though I am convinced most of them boil down to being able to feel justified in having a personality disorder. That is, not based on an actual political philosophy but just on hating the Invented Other. Fine. Screw ’em. We will never get them so why bother. But there is a vast middle ground of people who are floating around looking for something to grasp onto, who would be receptive to a reason to go up against the Left and its powerful and overwhelming messaging. We saw some of those people elect Donald Trump—they wouldn’t admit to supporting him because of pressure to not support him, but in the privacy of the voting booth they did anyway.

      • jdge1 July 7, 2019 / 9:31 pm

        Without question the right would benefit greatly by having a coherent message, positioning and marketing that message in a way that counters the left, while keeping them on the defense and appealing to the vast majority of Americans. It’s not really that hard and the left are opening all kinds of doors to slam in their face, if we’d only take advantage of it. I’d bet with a little imagination most of us here on Blogs for Victory could come up with dozens of counter messages against the crap the left is currently pushing so I’m sure people with marking savvy could works wonders with these.

        Taxpayer-funded abortions up to birth (and sometimes beyond),
        Free contraception for all,
        Raising taxes (this one should be trashed hard),
        Open borders and ending deportation of illegal immigrants,
        Free health insurance and education for illegals,
        Ending all healthcare insurance options and dictating Medicare for all,
        Banning & confiscating all guns,
        Gender fluidity,
        Male trans participation in female sports (and lockers, showers & changing rooms),
        Bigger more expansive government,
        Deals with rogue regimes like Iran that saddles the US with billions in ridiculous expenditures while tying our hands behind our back,
        Restrictions on US oil exploration and refining,
        Environmental mandates that drive up the costs of food and goods, restricts use of private land, and destroys companies that provided valuable benefits and resources,
        Appeasement to the UN, the EU and any socialist nation, and so on.

        Just the other day Bernie Sanders was trying to convince people that paying more in taxes would actually save you money. That Americans would be “delighted to pay more in taxes for free health care and education”. The right should have a marketing bonanza with statements like that.

        Sanders claimed. “I live 50 miles away from the Canadian border. You go to the doctor any time you want. You don’t take out your wallet. You have heart surgery, you have a heart transplant, you come out of the hospital, it costs you nothing. Guess what Bernie, I don’t live that far from the Canadian border either and I can tell you stories of numerous Canadians who come to the US and pay out of pocket to get certain medical procedures and test done that they either can’t get in Canada or have to wait very long times for. And many of their aliments are time sensitive, such as cancer. For anyone with a thinking brain they would know that the cost of such an undertaking would cost scads more than a few thousand dollars, and would ultimately require rationing that is controlled by a few elites with connections, while the ultimate results would be subpar healthcare and education, not to mention that you’d largely kill incentive for medical advancements. Sure, that’s exactly what everyone wants – NOT! And just for confirmation purposes, would the increase in corporate taxes you propse force companies to send jobs back overseas? You know, the jobs were people need to earn money to pay for these “free” benefits that you control. Ya, that’s what I thought. Thanks, but I shop elsewhere.

  7. Retired Spook July 8, 2019 / 9:14 am

    Quote of the day: (seemed appropriate given Simon’s recent posts)

    “It’s like your brain is a sailboat, and there just isn’t any wind” Jeff Foxworthy on “Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader”.

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