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The Barbecue Of Independence

July 7, 2011 by  

The Barbecue Of Independence

This past Monday evening, I mused silently for a moment about the “reason for the season,” so to speak. The meat sizzled on the grill, the beer chilled on ice, and the salad wilted in a bowl. (Allow me a tangential thought: What the hell is it with people bringing salads to Fourth of July cookouts? We’ve got an abattoir’s worth of dead animal, potato salad made with enough mayonnaise to give Lance Armstrong a coronary, enough beer to keep Milwaukee in the black for the next century — and someone brought a bowl of yard clippings. Next time, bring some deviled eggs. Save the greens for Bastille Day; it’s next week.) A battery of recreational artillery turned the sky over the river into a palette of appropriately patriotic colors as flags fluttered in the light summer breeze. Thousands of spectators, crowded shoulder-to-shoulder into about four square blocks, oohed and aahed at the right moments. The meter maids skulked amid illegally parked cars, stuffing envelopes full of expensive souvenirs under windshield-wiper blades. Over-served tourists hollered at each other from 3 feet away. Everyone was having a grand old time. Taking in the patriotic panorama around me, I couldn’t help but wonder: How many of these people have spent a single moment wondering why we’re not at work today?

I heard a popular refrain in the months leading up to Monday’s festivities. “The Fourth of July is on a Monday this year! How awesome is that?” Um, the Fourth of July is awesome every year. Granted, the long weekend produced by a Monday Fourth does make for a nice, long holiday weekend. But that’s a happy coincidence, not the sole function of the day itself.

Two hundred and thirty-five years ago, the Founding Fathers thumbed King George III in the eye. It was the rhetorical raspberry that shocked the world as no other has before or since. And then, the most technologically, economically and geographically powerful empire in the history of the world took one right in the kisser from their lower-class cousins, the ones with the smoking habit and the funny accents.

At the outbreak of the American Revolution, the English were enjoying a nearly three century-long geopolitical winning streak. By July 4, 1776, the English were coming off triumph in the Seven Years’ War, the Treaty of Paris (1763) forcing the other European colonial heavyweights to issue the mea culpa of all mea culpas. On the other side of the world, victory in the Battle of Plassey (1757) put the Brits in the driver’s seat in south Asia.

Their opponents in the nasty business in the American colonies were pure rabble. George Washington had wooden teeth and grew a lot more than just tobacco on his farm. Thomas Jefferson had a thing for miscegenation. And Benjamin Franklin would go on to bed half the women in France. Their “army” was undermanned, underfed and under-equipped. Their soldiers were flea-bitten and disease-ridden, and they had a serious problem with desertion. And yet, they thumped George III and his redcoated storm troopers like they were Appalachian State and the Brits were Michigan.

They faced longer odds than a rigged craps table, but they fought for something much bigger than a day off from work. The American Revolution (or the Yorktown Beat Down, if you’re a Tory) was the miraculous birth-cry of the Rights of Man, guided by Divine Provenance (in my humble estimation — more important, in His Flawless Estimation).

And it all started on the Fourth of July, a day to commemorate the unveiling of the Declaration of Independence. Not play-hooky-from-work,-get-sauced-and-blow-stuff-up Day, nor Bust-out-the-god-awful-stars-and-stripes-airbrushed-t-shirt-from-that-trip-to-Fort-Walton-Beach Day, nor even Get 0.9%-financing-on-some-nondescript-minivan-at-your-participating-GM-dealer Day.

I know no one really likes preachy patriotic punditry. But some things are worth mentioning with all the zeal of Jefferson’s magnificent document, worth declaring with all the fury of the Delaware River on a cold winter’s day, worth stamping into our national narrative with all the force of that first shot at the Old North Bridge in Concord (which actually happened in 1775).

Of course, if Ben Franklin were here, he would say: “Enough with the chitchat. Toss me another beer.”

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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  • s c

    Ben, you need a break. While all of us need a break now and then [except for elected types in Washington], we almost have to assume that people who give a damn about being free do ask themselves why they’re not at work on the 4th of July.
    Entitlement robots will never be concerned about the value of work or the true meaning of a break from that work. More and more, we need to concern ourselves about the growing numbers of brain-dead
    lemmings who are willing to stand back and let the rest of us take care of them.
    Part of the cure, I think, is to keep Congress in Washington, never let the bastards have a break, and if any of them retire early or leave Washington rich, that will be the time to dispatch firing squads and ‘let the word spread’ that justice is an dynamic concept and that those who refuse to learn will pay in more ways than one.

    • lkar

      Yes there are those that leave Washington rich. But the bigger problem seems to be that only the rich can afford to run for office. They go to Washington already rich (or at least related to someone rich). I would love to get elected, go to Washington and bust some balls. To do that I would have to quit my job so I could campaign, hope to win, and then pay my debts off from the above campaign.
      This is why we keep getting crappy congressmen.

      • DaveH

        We keep getting crappy Congressmen because the voters don’t do their homework. Instead they listen to a few rosy soundbites or vote based on the candidate’s physical attributes (my mother once said “how can anybody vote for such an ugly man?”).
        Here are the Congressional Websites for anybody to look up the Congressmen’s voting records. Judge them by their actions, not by their words:
        http://clerk.house.gov/

        For the vote records, pick ‘Roll Call Votes’ under ‘Quick Links’.

        • DaveH

          For the Senate:
          http://senate.gov/

          Pick Votes on upper right side of page. Then pick ‘more’ at the bottom of the table.
          Or pick Votes, then pick the appropriate Congressional section under Roll Call Tables.

          • Jana

            DaveH,
            Ikar is right to a very large extent. Most of the population cannot afford to run for office. The ones who do run most of the time are not someone that we would choose, but when you have a limited choice on WHO to pick. ? ? ? Just like the last Presidential vote. Obama or McCain.
            Here in Texas in our primaries, we didn’t have a choice since the choices were already made before it came time for us to even have a vote.
            I had studied both McCain and Obama and didn’t like either of them.

          • DaveH

            Jana,
            I can’t recommend voting Republican or Democrat, but if you must I think the best approach is to write the RNC or the DNC and let them know that as long as they insist on putting up Big Government loving candidates you are going to vote elsewhere. If enough people did that, and stuck by it, they would change. They would have to.
            I don’t know what hangs you up about Libertarians, but if it’s their drug stance, you should read this:
            http://mises.org/books/prohibition.pdf

          • DaveH

            If it’s their military stance, you should read this:
            http://mises.org/daily/5431/Can-a-Principled-Libertarian-Go-to-Waru

          • Vicki

            Jana. In the early days it was fairly easy for ‘regular’ folk to vote. As progress happened, more and more people chose to depend on the opinions of media and party. Till recently most people running for office had to go thru the x-party system.

            That has changed. Now with the power of social media sites most anyone can run for office. You will STILL have to work at it but no longer do you HAVE to have money.

            And as DaveH and others have said, there are alternatives to voting for the democrat lessor of 2 evils and the republican lessor of 2 evils.

            You could vote on principle. You could more closely investigate the only party that has principles. The Libertarian party http://www.lp.org.

            P.S. If the Tea Party ever forms an actual party there will be 2.

        • Old Henry

          Thanks DaveH. Useful links as usual.
          And thank you for the instructions. I probably would have had quite a time “figerin” it out.

    • http://www.unitedwebworks.com Savannah Website Design

      I would rather Congress take a mandatory break every 8 years…for the rest of their lives…

      Another great one Ben, thanks for the wisdom and smiles

      • Jana

        Yes, they do need a permanent break without any lifetime pension either.

    • Old Henry

      S C:

      Wasn’t if Ben Franklin who stated something to the effect that: “The tree of liberty must occasionally be refreshed with the blood of both tyrannts and partiots”. (?)

      I am afraid your firing squads are on a not too distant horizon.

      • independant thinker

        I think that was Jefferson but wouldn’t swear to it.

        • Vicki
          • eddie47d

            Now this is just an observation;Ben Franklin was a womanizer and Thomas Jefferson had children with his slaves. Yet we consider them our heros and hold them dearly as exemplary Americans. Yet you all crucify Bill Clinton for womanizing and wanted to impeach him for it.

          • Jay

            eddie:Ben Franklin was a womanizer and Thomas Jefferson had children with his slaves

            Nothing more then eddie’s left-wing propaganda and lies!

          • eddie47d

            You sure don’t read much do you Jay? So stop with the liar accusations for it is making you one!

          • Jay

            eddie:You sure don’t read much do you Jay? So stop with the liar accusations for it is making you one!

            On the contrary eddie, I do know my history, past and present: Clinton was a womanizer and obama is a pimp!

          • Earl

            eddie47,

            Actually Jefferson’s closest cousin was responsible for Sally Hemming’s child hence the genetic match.

            Jefferson was also known to have released his slaves before emancipation……..

  • Warrior

    Try to imagine the officeholders of today attempting to draft a constitution. Hey weiner, put it back in your pants and get over hear, we’re working on that part about social justice and we need your input.

    Good Lord, 235 years of practicing and this is the result?

  • Clint

    Personally, I think there were more people asking themselves; Why Am I At Work Today?

    Instead of giving employees the deserving National Holidays Off in the USA, we give them off a couple holidays that should be relegated to choice.

    National days off should include: Labor Day, Veterans Day for VETS only, July 4th and Memorial Day.

    All businesses should be required to be closed and pay their employees for those days.

    I suppose you could throw in Thanksgiving if you really have to, but sorry, Christmas is a religious holiday and if you want it off, you should have to request it. If a business chooses to close and give everyone the day off, then they should be required to pay everyone for the day.

    • DanB

      I don’t think government should have any right to force businesses to close on any Holiday, nor to force businesses to pay the employees for such days off from work.

      Now I happen to like my few holidays off each year. Or if I don’t get the actual holiday off, the choice to take another day in the week as a paid holiday instead (something about retail being open many holidays–the only two we DO get off guaranteed is Thanksgiving and Christmas). Just because I like paid holidays does not mean I think it should be enforceable under the law.

      Once government can enforce one practice on business telling them when to make their employees actually work and what they pay their employees for, how long before government tells businesses what to make, what to charge for it, how to distribute their goods/services, who to employ, and even where to do business? Oh wait! We’re already there!!! GM, Boeing, banks, health care industry, and the list goes on. So if you don’t like government dictating your life, perhaps you ought to stop having government dictate the lives and business of others. Translation: at some point you may have to give up minimum wage laws as well if you truly want to live in a free nation. Many of these sound good, feel good laws are what bind us to tyranny. If not now, we have been in the process of surrendering our freedoms for one or another benefit we’ve told ourselves is worth the loss of freedoms. So many of our laws of late have little to do with real justice and rule of law as opposed to “social justice” (potential abuse and redefinition by those in control) and rule of the elites (tyranny given positive publicity).

      • Jana

        Hey at least Clint realizes that Christmas is still a ‘religious (Christian) Holiday. Most people want to take Christ out of that holiday.

        • Bob from Calif.

          I pity the people that do not understand what Jesus did for them. The people that fight against Christmas are going to miss out on the greatest holiday of all; its called Heaven.

          • DanB

            I love having Christmas off. I love taking some time to celebrate the birth of Christ. It is a lot easier to celebrate His birth than His death. However, without His Atonement and Sacrifice upon the cross, His birth would have lost significance. Yet, as we ponder Christ’s birth, all those prophesies and signs that were fulfilled do bring a certain peace with them.

            However, I must make a few points.

            1) Just because I choose to celebrate the holiday and give it importance does not mean I must force my neighbors to too. If someone wants to open their business on Christmas, they are welcome to.

            2) If I don’t want to work on Christmas, that should be my choice. If the company I work for were open on Christmas and I accepted working that day, then surely I must not object sufficiently. For I truly objected, I would not have worked that day even if it meant unemployment. Note: I do not recall the last job I had that required work on Christmas–that is in part because I exercised some choice in employment.

            3) Did you know that Christmas is not actually on Christ’s birthday? December 25th was something chosen much later. I have read experts that estimated Christ may have been born more around April or so.

    • Joyce from Loris

      “All businesses should be required to be closed and pay their employees for those days.”
      Now, just how much freedom do you see in your comment? As a business owner, it should be MY decision whether to close my business or pay my employees for being absent from work that day. Just exactly who would be doing the “requirement” of this rule? The government? There is no hint of freedom in your statement. It gets harder and harder to celebrate the Fourth of July each year, as our freedoms disappear by the moment. All the brave people who have fought and died so that Americans can have freedom must be rolling over in their graves. All that sacrifice and we, the American people, have set on the side lines and watched a government TAX EVERY DIME THAT WE MAKE, AND EVERY DIME THAT WE SPEND. We are “restricted” to death. We can’t ever go fishing anymore with a license (read tax, fee) anymore. If you call someone an ugly name, you can end up in prison. If your child shoots spitballs in class, he can be charged with “assault with a deadly weapon” and sent to jail. Our nation is not getting better, it’s going down the hopper.

      • http://www.unitedwebworks.com Savannah Website Design

        ^5 Joyce. I am a business owner too. 20% of my labor costs and 50% of my professional services expenses to to making sure we are in compliance with all the gov (local, state, and fed) reporting and taxation requirements.

        • Joyce from Loris

          I feel your pain! I go through the same madness myself. This government, and it did not start under Obama but did get worse, makes business owners feel like WE are the criminals! All we are doing is being self sufficient, providing jobs for those in our community, contributing to the tax system (city, county, state and federal, by the way), and just trying to make a good living for ourselves. Yep, we are terrible people, and must be stopped!

  • Scoot

    Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
    -Thomas Jefferson

    • DaveH

      So true.

  • Al Sieber

    Just look around you, we need another revolution Congress doesn’t represent us, just lobbyists and special interest groups and whoever gives them the most money.

  • Thinking About

    As many in Congress work so hard to continue handouts to businesses in return for big “donations” and continue tax cuts to “job creators” which does not happen on US soil. How many years will the handouts continue. It is clear our spending is out of hand and we give away revenue, does not balance.

  • TexasPatriot

    High time for the New American Revolution!

    • Al Sieber

      I second that, we need a Govt. that represents us.

    • DaveH

      I would like to see the like-minded states get together and leave this unholy Union. We could let the central government know that we leave in peace and make it very clear that we won’t be the ones to start the violence.
      We could get back to the intent of the original Constitution, where the Sovereignty of the States was respected. We would have to change a few things, to help prevent smooth-talking lawyers from perverting the Constitution like the Hamiltonians did, like eliminating the “general Welfare” phrase, and clarifying the Interstate Commerce Clause. A few other things would be changed to account for the fact that no slavery is to be tolerated and that all adults can vote — No exceptions. And voter fraud would be strictly enforced.
      We could start over with the kind of Government meant only to protect us from the force of others, and otherwise leave us alone.

      • Joyce from Loris

        Ok, but I would like the new rules to state that all adult CITIZENS can vote, and only ONCE.

        • Vicki

          So all citizens vote to pay themselves from the public treasury. Why would they not?

          Better to return to the old ways. Only property owners got to vote cause they were the ones who would pay the taxes. No one else needed to vote cause the government was small and other than keeping people from hurting each other were not affected by government laws.

          • Dan az

            vicki
            That would probably of worked a couple of years ago but now there is more homeless that would otherwise had a vote.We need people to realize there is a third party that stands by them and not part of the double headed coin that has stolen their liberties.Maybe more adds with the truth on msm or the other alphabet stations.I realize that it may be like talking to eddiee but I have faith that at least half still have a brain cell that works.

  • jopa

    On the Fourth of July I decided to see how different cities celebrated.The three I was able to watch were New York,Philly, and Boston.New York had Brad Paisley singing six barges of fireworks that turned out to be a nice display over the Hudson river.Boston their fireworks were not that great but all of the patriotic music played by the Boston Pops made it the best show around.Philly was truly disappointing.They had a concert and fireworks on the Ben Franklin Parkway.A group called the Roots played along with Earth Wind and Fire.It looked and sounded more like black history month than the Fourth of July.Mayor Nutter called it the biggest success to date but I totally disagree.It was not the time nor the place for that type of concert and was actually disgusting.Just my thoughts.Thank you.

  • Old Henry

    Ben:

    “I heard a popular refrain in the months leading up to Monday’s festivities. “The Fourth of July is on a Monday this year! How awesome is that?” That, Ben, is a glaring example of the systemic decay that has overtaken our nation. Goodie, goodie for me. I get a three day week end – and to those slugs that is about all it meant.

    “Um, the Fourth of July is awesome every year. Granted, the long weekend produced by a Monday Fourth does make for a nice, long holiday weekend. But that’s a happy coincidence, not the sole function of the day itself”. I hope you made that statement to those above referenced slugs over the last few months. They sound like a bunch of 60s me, me, me baby boomer slugs.

    Oh, by the way, could you “smell the turists”?

  • Steve B

    As I sat at the 4th of July celebration….listening to the music….
    watching the fireworks….reflecting on the speeches of the day. I thought of many who were working hard and for whom it was impossible to take the day off. Not because of the money….not because they were forced to do it….but because our safety and security were more important than they’re own lives. And those are the men and women who were in harms way….around the globe…still fighting to keep us free. Their thoughts that day were on their families back home, their
    country….and what is left of our freedom. Instead of a beer or a hamburger….they had a gun in their hand. And instead of streaming colors in the sky….it was bullets whizzing over their head. They couldn’t be with us that day….but in their hearts, they were still singing “God Bless America”.

  • http://n/a John Beach

    What makes America great and unique is the freedom to think or not think about freedom, not the responsibility to consider tribute to whom tribute is due. George III would undoubtedly take issue with that idea, but he lost! It was a great 4th, in the greatest country on earth and certainly one of the most beautiful about which it is all too easy to be proud, but even more, to be grateful that one has the exceptionally good fortune to not only live in, but of which to be a citizen.
    So, God bless America, but may her people bless her too!

  • eddie47d

    Ben must of had to work on the 4th and wants us to all share in his downer!Maybe we should all be forced to attend some giant propaganda rally in the nearest city and listen to mind numbing political speeches like some countries do. Maybe he doesn’t want us to celebrate at all? I believe most folks would reflect on their freedoms with the day off rather than being at work.

    • DaveH

      Maybe you’re a troll. No, there’s no maybe about it.

      • Jana

        eddie seems more and more pessimistic every day.
        Is your life that bad?

        • Jay

          I wouldn’t say pessimistic, more like “war-monger”. eddie just likes to fight! Have you ever noticed how his first post is always an insult or a personal attack? And yet he claims liberals are “peace lovers”.

          • eddie47d

            Jana,Dave and Jay; Listen to the Mockingbirds chirping away.Sorry to piss in your cereal this morning for I thought the author was doing that for me. He is the one trolling for fools and is the pessimistic one. He sure has you on his line. What suckers!His little story shows how bad your lives really are and how gullible you can be. The author throws out insults each and every day or haven’t you noticed? I enjoyed the 4th and had a great family day.

          • Jay

            Nonsense…

          • DaveH

            What else can we expect from a Union thug?

          • eddie47d

            What is that Dave? Enjoying the 4th.

    • Old Henry

      Well eddie, if they are working they had better be doing just that – not reflicting.

  • Michael

    Well said Ben. I look forward to your words and wish you well for the coming years. Conservatives need a voice as strong and witty as yours. Keep up the good work.

    • Old Henry

      Michael, do you catch Ben’s Great 8 on Saturdays?

  • i41

    Ben, our union run schools don’t teach any state or federal government classes, they feel good bs classes are mandates. I asked my 8th grade grandson if he had any civics classes or government operation for creating laws, not a one. Now citizens are getting more than 6000 new niggardly impedements on what they can do as well as more impedements on all businesses. All more specific harm from our marxist/ communist democrats in the last 2 1/2 years and the marxist muslim moron who hates America and what it stands for, as the crossbred stated in his books, and by his niggardly behavior even before he was Acorn election.

    • Dan az

      i41
      Well it was fun to read some of your post so I have to say see ya that was strike three and you know it.Hope to see ya on other sites it will be easy to find ya even if you change your name. :) later bud.

  • Bob Marshall

    http://www.thedailybell.comm Another good site. http://www.AmericanPolicyCenter.com We can’t learn too much. The global elite hate the internet. That is why the censorship and the control by our government is vital to their plans.

  • jopa

    i41;Oh my goodness, such words of Conservative wisdom.Have you ever considered home schooling your children or grandchildren?This great country of ours needs great leaders and ditch diggers in the future.With your mental capacity and words of wisdom if you were to tutor these children one of these needs would be met.Hope you had a great Fourth and have a good one.

    • DaveH

      It’s like he’s begging Bob to ban him. He’s already reached his third strike. Bob is just too nice.

  • jopa

    I sometimes wonder if he even reads anyone else’s posts or does he just log on and start muttering and grumbling to himself.I do find him funny at times when he seems to go over the deep end.I just don’t like the profanity, but who am I to judge.

    • Karolyn

      He has been chastised for his bad language previously by Bob Livingston, most recently I think it was yesterday.

  • Jay

    It is obvious that i41 speaks out of anger and frustration. But rather then focus and be traumatized by his “choice words”, personally, I look for his point. His point? The dumbing-down of America via the education system! Did you happen to catch that Jopa, his point?

    Check this site Jopa. Don’t worry, there’s no language in the article that will traumatize you.

    http://www.ordination.org/dumbing_down.htm

  • DaveH
    • Jay

      Interesting and infuriating article Dave. My favourite part of the article?

      But the across-the-board freeze didn’t take effect until January 1, 2011, so the most recent report (which goes back to July 2010) features some eye-opening raises, like special assistant to the president for economic policy Matthew Vogel’s $59,000, 82 percent raise to an annual salary of $130,500, or director of African American media Kevin Lewis’ $36,000, 86 percent pay hike, Gawker reports.

      And the left wonders why Americans are lashing out in anger at this impostor and demagogue sitting in the White House!

  • Jay

    Obama’s attack on our Christian heritage

    © 2011
    Every Fourth of July we celebrate that day 233 years ago when 56 men voted for American independence, but many do not know that it was not until Aug. 2 of 1776 that the Declaration of Independence was formally signed by most of the delegates to the Second Continental Congress. In a speech given at Independence Hall on the evening of Aug. 1, 1776, Samuel Adams – often called the Father of the American Revolution – spoke to an assembled crowd about the spiritual and religious significance of what he and others had done on July 4th:

    We have explored the temple of royalty, and found that the idol we have bowed down to, has eyes which see not, ears that hear not our prayers, and a heart like the nether millstone. We have this day restored the Sovereign, to whom alone men ought to be obedient. He reigns in Heaven, and with a propitious eye beholds his subjects assuming that freedom of thought, and dignity of self-direction which He bestowed on them. From the rising to the setting sun, may His kingdom come.

    Sixty-one years later, on July 4, 1837, at an Independence Day celebration at Newburyport, Mass., President John Quincy Adams, a cousin of Samuel Adams and son of President John Adams (who helped draft the Declaration of Independence), spoke of the link between the birth of Jesus Christ and that of our country:

    Why is it that, next to the birth day of the Savior of the World, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day? … Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the corner stone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity …?

    Judge Roy Moore’s classic book about his battle for liberty is now available in paperback: “So Help Me God: The Ten Commandments, Judicial Tyranny, and the Battle for Religious Freedom”

    Throughout our history both houses of Congress recognized our Christian heritage by opening with prayer by Christian ministers. When that practice was challenged in 1853 the House boldly responded that Christianity was “the religion of the founders of the republic, and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants.” The U.S. Senate was even more to the point stating:

    We are Christians … and in a land thus universally Christian, what is to be expected, what desired, but that we shall pay a due regard to Christianity, and have a reasonable respect for its ministers and religious solemnities?

    Yet today our Christian heritage is under attack as never before. In April 2009, the president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, while admitting that America has “a very large Christian population,” told the Turkish press that “we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation. …” Two months later in an interview with a French reporter, Obama had the audacity to state that “if you actually took the number of Muslim Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.” Finally, on June 4, in a speech in Cairo, Egypt, Obama said that he felt it his duty and “part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”

    Not only has the president of the United States denied our Christian heritage and identity, but he went so far as to claim that America was one of the largest Muslim countries in the world. In fact, in 2008 Christians made up 76 percent of the population (173 million), religious Jews 1.2 percent (2.6 million), and Muslims only 0.6 percent (1.3 million).

    Obama’s brash remarks not only contradict fact, they contradict the United States Supreme Court, which declared in 1892 in the case of Church of the Holy Trinity v. U.S. that many examples of the Christian religion in our society “add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian Nation.” Later, in 1931, in U.S. v. Macintosh the Court reaffirmed that:

    We are a Christian people … according to one another the equal right of religious freedom, and acknowledging with reverence the duty of obedience to the will of God.
    Obama’s responsibility as president is not to “fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear,” but rather to defend our Christian faith and the Christian religion upon which rests the future happiness and prosperity of our country.

    This duty is especially important as our nation prepares to celebrate the anniversary of that day when America shook off the chains of tyranny, appealed to the “Supreme Judge of the World,” and relied on the protection and support of “Divine Providence.” While Americans celebrate our independence as a country, we must continue to recognize our spiritual dependence upon the Judeo-Christian God in Whom we still trust.

    -Judge Roy Moore

    • Marianne

      JAY, ▪ Jay says: 
July 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm 
Obama’s attack on our Christian heritage
©

      As a very PATRIOTIC SENIOR AMERICAN CITIZEN, I really appreciate the wonderful article you posted on this subject.

      Loaded with information, most I knew, but what a REFRESHER COURSE !!! Beautifully written.

      Also as a citizen of MASSACHUSETTS, I feel like I have “NO VOTE OR SAY” WHEN WEBSITES ASK US TO WRITE & CALL OUR REPRESENTATIVES. However I always vote.

      I watched an interview last fall on tv with a well known billionaire. He was asked why he moved to China and wasn’t he concerned because it was a COMMUNIST COUNTRY. He laughed and said that there were MORE COMMUNISTS IN MASSACHUSETTS THAN ALL OF CHINA !!!

      Need I say more ???

      Look up people on Wikipedia but keep in mind that ANYONE CAN ADD OR CHANGE INFORMATION ON THAT SITE. SO INFORMATION IS NOT GOSPEL.

      GOD BLESS PATRIOTIC AMERICANS AND OUR GREAT VETERANS !!!

    • alabama red neck

      I for one stand proud to be a Christian and live in America. It has been said before IF YOU DO NOT LOVE AMERICA YOU ARE WELCOME TO LEAVE AND DO IT NOW. DOES IT YOU MAKE YOU HAPPY TO SEE OUT GREAT NATION
      KEEP GOING DOWN? lET US PUT GOD BACK IN CONTROL…AMEN

  • i41

    Jay, Onumnutt proved his allegaince to mulsim pedophile worshipping, goat abusing freaks when he didn’t want the muslim Black Panther held up to same standards, white and hispanic are supposed to follow and obey. His books stated he was a muslim and if a squabble with muslim happened he would back the muslims. Then his attending the Clypso Louie Fkagoon and Queerdaffy get togethers with radical anti-American freaks who he agrees with, you still think his (word removed) actions and beliefs are for the good of the USA? Of course this abhorant behavior is all approved by te marxist/communist democrat party and their Nazi Traitor money man George Soros, who would have thunk it!

    • Jay

      So true i41, and very well stated. Off course you will never convince eddie, the dung-bettle, who has his head so far up his messiah azz that he could literally give us the break-down, no pun intended, of what barrack eats every day! Yum yum, hey eddie?

  • eddie47d

    You hear so much chatter from the right about Activist Judges yet Judge Roy Moore is one of the most notable ones. If the Liberals decided to place an 20′x20′ portrait of FDR in the center of the Capitol without a vote on the matter your hemroids would be popping out. Yet not a whimper from the Republicans when Judge Moore pulls a fast one in the middle of the night. See why the Liberals are so cautious about Republican double speak and actions. Oh yes Jay there is a difference between being “peaceful” and sitting around accepting the authors tantrums as fact.

    • eddie47d

      I see you have a new buddy Jay in i41. That is strike 4 for him in two days and his lies are flashing as bright as Las Vegas.

    • Jay

      eddie:Yet not a whimper from the Republicans when Judge Moore pulls a fast one in the middle of the night.

      What has Moore done which has caused so much controversy and attracted so much attention? He has done two things, basically: he posted a hand-carved wood plaque of the Ten Commandments in his court room, and he opened court sessions with prayers led by a local clergyman.

      You’re eddie, a real bad guy, for sure! Perhaps you would prefer that a picture of Stalin be posted, and that court session be opened with two homosexuals kissing? Don’t worry, the way things are going, you may soon get your wish, and then you can wallow in excrement with the rest of your left-wing, scumbag-libertards!

  • DaveH

    Well, here we go again.
    I feel like I’m in a time warp, and Jimmy Carter is President.
    Utah Tea Party darling, Jason Chaffetz, endorses the RINO Mitt Romney for President. There you have it, folks. This is how it is when you trust Republicans to get the job done.
    Exactly what do they have to do to you Republican sheeple to wake you up?

  • Clint

    After reading all the posts up to now, it seems there is something here that most of us do agree upon. That would be the need for a revamping of the system in general. It is so broke (in more ways than one) that they are just throwing good money after bad money trying to solve the hole that has been dug over the past few decades. Too much corruption has taken it’s toll.

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