Who Hates Everything American And Tells You About It On July 4th? This Guy Does…

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I watch the enemy. My political enemies are those who hate America. Our enemies must be observed and analyzed in order to keep them in check and prevent them from winning their media propaganda war. “Know thine enemy.”

My targets change occasionally; but right now, my enemies in the media include MSNBC (Rachel Maddow, Christopher Hayes, Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, Lawrence O’Donnell, etc.); the NY Times (Paul Krugman, Maureen Dowd, etc.); The Daily Kos; the Daily Beast; and a whole host of other progressive liberal media channels who make their living from bashing the opposition Conservatives who only love America.

Of course, add to my ‘enemies list’ Slate and Salon, two early-days Internet rags that can always be counted on to smear, name-call, and falsely denigrate the American Right. Salon in particular has been somewhat effective as a pseudo-intellectual media source that has never met a Conservative it didn’t hate. Simpler minds are undoubtedly attracted to this kind of perverse trickery.

That’s the central characteristic of hateful liberals: they think they’re smarter than the rest of us Americans. They love using big words and complicated concepts to slam the rest of us. They have literally ‘gotten too big for their britches.’

Now that Salon’s man Obama is encountering hydra-headed scandals increasingly looking like mortal wounds for his reign, Salon has to take a different tack and utilize a different strategy. They can no longer write fawning, obsequious little ‘puff pieces’ as they did so regularly during the first six years of their chosen one’s terrorization of Americans. So of course, they are resorting to what all Conservatives like me hope is the ‘last, death-rattle’ of their political kind: hit pieces on the Right and attacks on America herself.

Nothing is more despicable than attacking America on Independence Day. Nothing could be more anti-American, anti-Capitalist, and anti-Freedom (or cowardly for that matter) than intentionally conceiving and writing an article on our nation’s birthday to smear and pillage this great nation.

But Salon has no compunction about smearing this country, our great military, and American Conservatives … no they don’t. In fact, that’s how they were born, how they grew, and how they continue to make money.

It is in this context that I now refer you, dear reader, to an article Salon published on the morning of Friday, July Fourth, our country’s 238th birthday. Entitled “We the people are violent and filled with rage: A nation spinning apart on its Independence Day” and sporting the sub-head, “School shootings, hatred and capitalism run amok: This 4th of July we are in the midst of a tragic public derangement,” I just had to read this article written by convicted, recidivist America-hater Jim Sleeper. I felt sick to my stomach after reading Sleeper’s headline. But just like getting a root-canal, lengthy back surgery, or a prostate examination, I had to do it; it was necessary. And so was this, my response.

Sleeper, as a writer for liberal mouthpieces HuffPo, NY Times, and The New Republic, has been a visible gun-control enthusiast. But never fear: Sleeper also loves other Conservative-bashing issues too; he’s a real egalitarian.

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Of Freedom, Patriotism, And American Exceptionalism

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“Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

Those lines from our National Anthem reflect what has been felt by most Americans over the years: that this country is the land of the free, and precisely because of those who are brave.

There has historically been a sense of pride in the level of freedom and liberty afforded Americans, a time when our National Anthem reflected a grateful people who lived in relative freedom from government coercion and tyranny. And as a people, we were proud of our heritage of liberty. But two new polls reflect a drastic change in how we view our freedom, and our pride in being Americans. There is perhaps no better time than now to reflect on what it means to be an American.

Just eight years ago, when Americans were asked in a Gallup poll how they felt about their individual liberty, 92% were satisfied, and felt they were living the American dream of optimal personal freedom. At the time, that was enough to earn the United States of America the top ranking, globally, in personal freedom. In just a few short years, Americans have responded to the same question in ways that reflect the diminution of liberty that comes from expansive government intrusion and a floundering economy that severely restricts economic freedom. We now rank #36 in the world, according to Gallup this past week.

We were not the only nation to experience such a precipitous drop in our sense of freedom. Other countries that experienced comparable declines were Egypt, Greece, Italy, Venezuela, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Romania, Yemen, Pakistan, and Spain.

Certainly a significant contributor to this deterioration is the rise of governmental power and the micromanagement of nearly every aspect of our lives. Governments, and those who wield power within them, are historically the culprits in coercive erosion of freedom. But another component is likely economic, as it’s hard to feel free when jobs are scarce, good-paying jobs are even more scarce, and when the middle-class in America has taken a 9% trimming in real median household income–from $54,489 at the end of 2007 to $50,020 last year.

Perhaps even more disconcerting than the perceived erosion of our liberties is what was revealed in an extensive typology survey released last week by Pew Research. One of their shocking findings in their 187-page paper researching American attitudes was that a full 44% of us are not proud to be Americans. They separated polling groups by substrata of political self-identification; but in the conglomerate, 60% of “strong liberals” answered “no” to the question of whether they “often feel proud to be American.” The only groups that solidly agreed with the statement were those on the conservative side, from 72-81%.

Patriotism is now quantified as a dying trait of 21st century Americans. There was a time not long ago when in spite of ideological differences, the common glue holding our nation, society, and culture together was a shared love of country, a commitment to leave her better than we inherited her. We recognized that we were all Americans and that we were a unique nation established upon fundamentally correct principles recognizing the equality of man because of our God-given inalienable rights.

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George W. Bush’s And Obama’s Social Media Posts On 4th Of July Reveal Their True Character

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Independence Day can mean different things to different people. Take former U.S President George W. Bush and current U.S. President Barack Obama, for example. While both have served as elected leaders of this country, their perspectives on the Fourth of July are varied.

Their Independence Day posts on social media are very telling.

Here is Obama’s official Facebook page:

 

And his Twitter account:

Kind of vague, don’t you think?

George W. Bush, on the other hand, had this to say:

 

So while one man focuses on the fireworks and flag, another remembers the men and women who made (and continue to keep) America’s freedom a reality.

The response they got on Facebook make it clear which post was more popular. As YoungCons pointed out:

George W. Bush’s post has nearly twice as many likes as Obama.  It’s even more amazing when you think about how Obama has 41.5 million likes on Facebook, and George W. Bush has 3.5 million likes. That speaks volumes.

Kinda makes you think… Doesn’t it?

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Declaration Of Arms Before Independence

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Most everyone knows about America’s 1776 Declaration of Independence. But did you know that on July 6 a year earlier, Congress initiated a Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms?

It’s true. According to History, on July 6, 1775, just a day after our Founding Fathers issued their Olive Branch Petition to King George III, Congress gave just reason for taking up arms against Great Britain. In the declaration, they wrote they would rather “die freemen rather than to live slaves.”

Three months earlier, patriot resistance and “the shot heard round the world” had fired off in Lexington and Concord. And now, it was time for our founders and Congress to square off against the king himself.

The lengthier name is ‘A Declaration by the Representatives of the United Colonies of North-America, Now Met in Congress at Philadelphia, Setting Forth the Causes and Necessity of Their Taking Up Arms.’ It was primarily the work of Thomas Jefferson and John Dickinson; the former penned the first draft, and the latter produced the final draft.

Of course, Jefferson needs no introduction and is well-known as the primary author of the Declaration of Independence. And Dickinson, though he is not a household name today, was a household name in his day.

Known as the “Penman of the Revolution,” Dickinson was referred to by Jefferson as being “among the first of the advocates for the rights of his country when assailed by Great Britain.” His name, Jefferson said, “will be consecrated in history as one of the great worthies of the revolution.”

Dickinson was a militia officer during the Revolution, a member of the Continental Congress from Pennsylvania and Delaware, a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, president of Delaware, and president of Pennsylvania.

It is fascinating how the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms begins in the same vein as the Declaration of Independence, noting how human life and our inalienable rights are from God and that no man has the right to usurp them.

Listen to the echoes: “If it was possible for men, who exercise their reason to believe, that the divine Author of our existence intended a part of the human race to hold an absolute property in, and an unbounded power over others, marked out by his infinite goodness and wisdom, as the objects of a legal domination never rightfully resistible, however severe and oppressive, the inhabitants of these colonies might at least require from the parliament of Great-Britain some evidence, that this dreadful authority over them, has been granted to that body. But a reverance for our Creator, principles of humanity, and the dictates of common sense, must convince all those who reflect upon the subject, that government was instituted to promote the welfare of mankind, and ought to be administered for the attainment of that end.”

One might see that as a first draft of sorts for the summation that would come a year later: “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.”

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Amazing: A Thief Thinks Twice When He Realizes The Value Of What He Took

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An American flag stolen from the Long Island family of a firefighter who died on 9/11 was returned Friday, the Fourth of July. The apologetic thief left the flag on the family’s doorstep, neatly folded in a triangle with a note attached.

“I am so sorry,” the note read. “I had no idea.”

The flag that once flew over the World Trade Center ruins had been given to the fallen firefighter’s sister. It was pilfered last Monday from the Huntington Station home of Melissa Ielpi-Brengel.

Brengel reported the missing flag on Tuesday.

Via NBC News:

The flag is particularly special to Brengel and was given to her by the September 11th Families Association.

“We put it out during certain times of the year just to remember,” she said.

Brengel’s brother Jonathan Ielpi was a 29-year-old FDNY firefighter working out of Squad 288 in Queens when he died on Sept. 11.

When something is stolen, one rarely anticipates getting their pilfered item back. Although no one knows what caused the thief to reconsider his actions, it is possible he heard the reports of the stolen flag and, upon hearing of its significance, decided to return it.

“The flag means so much to me and my family and we are so happy and grateful that it was returned and we are able to display it again, although this time it will be put in a proper case and displayed in the house,” said Brengel.

No one can refute the perfect timing of the flag’s return. The Brengel family was able to celebrate America’s independence as they remembered the life of their brave firefighter who gave his life to save the lives of others.

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