Independence Day

We have ribs in the smoker, and I’ve been doing odds and ends around the house (including laying conduit and PVC for power and water of a new irrigation system). I want to wish as happy a holiday as possible under the circumstances to all of my readers. If you’ve never done it (or even if you have), I recommend reading the Declaration aloud; too few understand what this is all about, particularly given the state of our educational system. I also recommend reading Coolidge’s speech on the sesquicentennial. It seems more timely than ever, and is one of the best of its breed.

I will say, though, that Trump’s speech last night was a pretty good one, and it kicked off the campaign much better than the one in Tulsa. And of course, it drove all the right people nuts.

3 thoughts on “Independence Day”

  1. Happy 4th of July – Independence Day – to everyone.

    I love Coolidge’s speech. I especially like this set of lines:

    “We live in an age of science and of abounding accumulation of material things. These did not create our Declaration. Our Declaration created them.”

    A simple fact that most people these days seems to forget.

    Prior to that were these lines which I also love:

    “If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers. . . .”

  2. Happy 4th everyone and in that spirit do not neglect your national down ballot races come November, unless you truly want four more years of Deep Swamp.

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