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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Good Independence Day Reads

By: Wes Messamore

About Independence Day

Over at the Independent Voter Network, I wrote a piece entitled, "The Importance of Independence Day." I certainly didn't gloss over the inconsistencies and hypocrisies of the founding generation, but I was a little more forgiving than Anthony Gregory, who wrote an excellent and very informative article entitled, "Independence Day Propaganda." Hat tip to Drew Martin for sending that my way.

Here are also a lot of great video excerpts from the John Adams HBO miniseries, which I have always enjoyed watching.

The 13 Colonies' Affluent Middle Class

I also rather enjoyed reading "What Life Was Like in 1776." The description therein is definitely at odds with my mental imagery of a rugged, frontier American civilization in that era. The colonists by then, had apparently become very wealthy, comfortable, and distracted by consumerism like we are today. That actually gives me some hope. Tagline from the article: "Americans had the highest per capita income in the civilized world, paid the lowest taxes—and were determined to keep it that way."

DHS Declares the Founding Fathers Terrorists

Baldy writes at his website:

So should we celebrate the Fourth of July? Should we celebrate that at one time, Americans declared and actually believed that "whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it"?

Should we celebrate the notion that "when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security"?

Well, before you celebrate too enthusiastically on July 4, understand that if you agree with the sentiments expressed in the Declaration of Independence, you are a potential danger to your government, according to your government. That is, if you agree with what was once the prevailing American sentiment, you are now at odds with the current American government. 

The Department of Homeland Security agrees. Today Drudge has a link to an article on AJ's website with the following:

Homeland Security Report Lists ‘Liberty Lovers’ As Terrorists

A new study funded by the Department of Homeland Security characterizes Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and “reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme right-wing” terrorists.

Entitled Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States, 1970-2008 (PDF), the study was produced by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland. The organization was launched with the aid of DHS funding to the tune of $12 million dollars.

While largely omitting Islamic terrorism - the report fails completely to mention the 1993 World Trade Center bombing – the study focuses on Americans who hold beliefs shared by the vast majority of conservatives and libertarians and puts them in the context of radical extremism.

The report takes its definitions from a 2011 study entitled Profiles of Perpetrators of Terrorism, produced by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, in which the following characteristics are used to identify terrorists.

- Americans who believe their “way of life” is under attack;
- Americans who are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”;
- People who consider themselves “anti-global” (presumably those who are wary of the loss of American sovereignty);
- Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”;
- Americans who are “reverent of individual liberty”;
- People who “believe in conspiracy theories that involve grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty.”

It's too late to apologize...

Anyone else remember this amazing gem from 2010?

It's fantastic work.

Here's the original song (with a cool video):

Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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