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night I had a goodFourth of July(Independence
Day) celebration. We had a good spread of food, with pulled pork, bratwurst and
potato salad. During the day we set off firecrackers, smoke bombs, cluster
bombs and parachutes. During the night we set off all kinds of fountains,
rockets, Roman candles, sparklers and buzz bombs.
So was this more about fireworks or an independence day celebration. Our fore
fathers did break away from England.
They also broke away clean from feudalism and aristocracy. They even inspired
the French Revolution. And in the beginning it was a mostly white-man's
government. Still we celebrate anyway.
Today I wonder how much of that revolution still seems similar. The father of
our country,George Washington,
told us to avoid foreign entanglements:
"The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign
nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little
political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements,
let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop. Europe has a set of primary interests which to us have
none; or a very remote relation. Hence she must be engaged in frequent
controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns.
Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves by artificial
ties in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics, or the ordinary combinations
and collisions of her friendships or enmities"
-We just ignore
Last year,members of the Royal familycame to this country and the news
teams fell all over them as if they were our god appointed rulers. Thomas Paine
would have rolled over in his grave. Here is whathe said about
"But there is another and greater distinction for which
no truly natural or religious reason can be assigned, and that is, the
distinction of men into KINGS and SUBJECTS. Male and female are the
distinctions of nature, good and bad the distinctions of heaven; but how a race
of men came into the world so exalted above the rest, and distinguished like
some new species, is worth enquiring into, and whether they are the means of
happiness or of misery to mankind. In the early ages of the world, according
to the scripture chronology, there were no kings; the consequence of which was
there were no wars; it is the pride of kings which throw mankind into
confusion. Holland without a king hath enjoyed
more peace for this last century than any of the monarchical governments in Europe."