The old joke of asking foreigners whether they have a Fourth of July isn’t as dumb as it seems.
Obviously, everyone can point to a day between July 3rd and 5th and may even celebrate an independence day of sorts but no other people on the face of the Earth enjoy the distinction associated with our July 4th, a day commemorating the proclamation that the 13 colonies of the United States of America were free and independent of the yoke of King George III and the British Empire.
Quibblers can quibble all they want about the wording, the dating, the inaccuracies in John Trumbull’s famous painting of the event but no one can contest the effect on the new Americans who read Thomas Jefferson’s stirring words nor their widespread influence on countless foreign nations yet to be born.
So, in a very real sense, Americans can be proud that they and they alone “have” a Fourth of July. It’s very distinctive.
The opening lines of the Declaration, with their two references to a deity, represent some of the most profoundly inspirational words in the English language:
hen 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.
Independence Day, America’s Fourth of July, July 4, 1776–arguably our country’s birthday even if the adoption of the United States Constitution in 1787 outlined the nature of that birth–has been trivialized by Broadway musicals and schlock Hollywood films but only recently has come under attack by forces which can only be described as anti-American.
Let’s just cut to the chase and identify those forces as America’s liberal-Leftist establishment, individuals and groups which have long-identified with values and aspirations which are antithetical to the values and aspirations of most Americans and foreign to how most Americans perceive our nation.
The Declaration of Independence itself has often been demeaned, picked apart, and ridiculed by those forces which lack the courage to directly attack the inherent principles of the Declaration and now have resorted to blatantly criticizing outward manifestations of American pride and patriotism, Fourth of July parades.
Granted, most Independence Day parades are largely preludes, times to bring the kids to watch and hear high school marching bands strut their stuff and volunteer fire departments to exhibit their shiny trucks where everyone cheers and waves flags as prefaces to family and neighborhood bbq’s and, often, illegal fireworks in backyards.
The Left doesn’t give a damn about the bands, trucks, barbies, or firecrackers, bottle rockets, fountains, or the flying or ground spinners displays. What they can’t tolerate is the music the bands play and those American flags waved at parades. They’re downright patriotic and therefore unacceptably partisan! They only serve to seduce audiences into becoming Republicans!
Revealing the Leftist mindset–repugnance at public shows of patriotism–from Harvard, that bastion of Leftist-Liberal thought, comes a study that concludes, “Fourth of July celebrations in the United States shape the nation’s political landscape by forming beliefs and increasing participation, primarily in favor of the Republican Party.”
The Harvard study goes on to say,”The political right has been more successful in appropriating American patriotism and its symbols during the 20th century. Survey evidence also confirms that Republicans consider themselves more patriotic than Democrats. . . there is a political congruence between the patriotism promoted on Fourth of July and the values associated with the Republican Party.”
Worst of all, ”Fourth of July celebrations in Republican dominated counties may thus be more politically biased events that socialize children into Republicans.” (http://bit.ly/iBcSk7)
Briefly analyzing the conclusions of the Harvard study: Fourth of July parades are purely “politically biased events,” essentially products of massive Republican conspiracies designed to inculcate a sense of patriotism in children and make them all Republicans.
Had Harvard and its study attempted to prove the school and the authors of that study were sick proponents of anti-Americanism and partisanship, they couldn’t have done a better job.
Rest assured, however, that true Americans will still attend Independence Day parades and other celebrations, wave American flags, stoke up the bbq, scarf down burgers and hot dogs and steaks, and deep in their hearts realize the significance of the holiday. Only the Left as epitomized by Harvard will regard Fourth of July parades as partisan events. Like everything else that’s good in our nation, only the Left can reduce America’s birthday to an occasion for narrowminded, un-American sentiments.
May God bless, protect, and preserve the United States of America! It’s altogether fitting and proper at this point to re-publish “A Prayer for America”
We supplicate ourselves before You in this time of strife and indecision and confusion in our land.
We pray You see fit to save our nation which has achieved so very much, which has struggled so very hard and which has endeavored to share our God-given bounty with the world. We have not been perfect in all we have done and tried to do but we have done our very best.
We are now beset by forces antithetical to Your commands and we are in mortal danger of being changed from what we are now, a powerful and prosperous yet God-fearing country peopled with flawed mortals who have sometimes lost sight of the path You would wish for us, into a nation of godless sheep.
We have often fought and sacrificed and died to protect America from the evil without and we now are beleagured by the evil within our own borders. We pray that You forgive us our trespasses and enable us to defeat that evil.
We ask that Jesus Christ Almighty intercede on our behalf and continue to confer His blessings on the United States of America. We will never be perfect but we believe that we are still the last, best hope for mankind. We believe we are still the shining city on the hill and trust we will continue to be.
America prostrates itself before Your throne and asks that You save us, continue to bless us, and enable us to do Thy will.