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Joanne D (37)
Monday July 4, 2016, 1:30 pm
I quoted Alan Grayson on the Open Thread, but it bears repeating here - especially since the source document is right here for comparison.

The Declaration of Independence is not a Poly Sci paper, or a speech. It’s a list of grievances. Specifically, a list of serious gripes regarding the policy decisions by the Executive Branch of that time, a/k/a King George III.

Some of the complaints are strangely familiar. For instance, he refused to appoint judges. Note to Senate Republicans – King George III refused to appoint judges.

But the most telling complaint is the first one, i.e., “He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance. . . .”

Does that sound familiar?

An impermeable determination to get nothing useful done. That’s what gave us the American Revolution.

David C (75)
Monday July 4, 2016, 1:59 pm
May the USA live up to the dreams of our founders in the coming year............

Sheryl G (359)
Monday July 4, 2016, 2:02 pm
Thank you Tom....yes be safe and do remember with fireworks that many towns hold events so please seek those out and refrain from releasing your own. Every year I read of someone else who is seriously injured from these, this year in my area a man lost his hand. People have lost eyes, fingers, and even their life from fooling around with fireworks or not knowing what they are doing.

A reminder that animals have sensitive hearing and these fireworks really bother them and frighten them. So please keep your animals at least inside over this time period. Many of our Veterans are suffering from PTSD and hearing the sounds of fireworks act as triggers and present terrible flashbacks and such.

I was also reminded by another member that her Mother, now an aged woman, still suffers from the sound of the fireworks, reminds her of the war she was in as a child, now immigrated to the USA. People can stay away from the area of sponsored fireworks but they can't avoid the random ones that people let off all over the many neighborhoods across the USA. We need to be mindful that our "fun" may be trauma to another.

I also posted a post that has two different opinions on the matter of Independence Day from a Native American perspective. The two opinions were sort of at opposite ends but I'm sure many Native people fall somewhere in the middle. If you care to have a look see it is at USA Independence Day And An Overlooked History

Thanks Joanne for what you offered on this thread. I so appreciate Alan Grayson and I hope he'll be our Senator for Florida and remove Marco Rubio from that seat.

Gene J (289)
Monday July 4, 2016, 2:21 pm
"An impermeable determination to get nothing useful done. That’s what gave us the American Revolution."

And the republican party of the 21st century. They have learned nothing in all these years. Likely never will.

Vivian B (169)
Monday July 4, 2016, 2:24 pm
Thanks for the lesson in humility!

Ted W (127)
Monday July 4, 2016, 3:02 pm
Noted, forwarded and shared ultra-liberally!! Huge thanks for sharing, TomCat and you have a most wonderful 4th as well!!

Pat B (354)
Monday July 4, 2016, 3:28 pm
Mr. Reich: "True patriots seek to confirm and strengthen the 'We' in 'We the people of the United States". Great words!

Thanks, Tom, your video of fireworks was great!

JL A (281)
Monday July 4, 2016, 3:40 pm
My country to support when it is right and to work to change when it is wrong.

JL A (281)
Monday July 4, 2016, 5:01 pm
This is my patriotic share for this year:

Rose Becke (141)
Monday July 4, 2016, 6:23 pm
Saving that link Dandelion

Edith B (146)
Monday July 4, 2016, 9:03 pm

Thanks, TC, I hope you had a happy 4th. We had lovely fireworks here in our subdivision last night, thanks to two very generous neighbors, only had to walk out to our driveway to watch. We have a community pond which we have stocked with fish and all here feed them, the fireworks were held near the pond. I enjoyed them very much. Severe weather was predicted for here tonight, so it was held last night. The predictions came true, a severe storm uprooted trees, turned over cars, and moved mobile homes from their foundations about thirty miles from us. We had only rain, thunder, and lightening, so were very lucky.

When you read through our Declaration of Independence it sounds like the King was a Republican.

Reich: Quote: "true patriots work to improve our government, not destroy it." This says it all for me. Reich is of course, always right.


Katie & Bill D (107)
Monday July 4, 2016, 9:57 pm
Thank you all and Happy 4th!
Thank you TomCat

Dawnie W (250)
Monday July 4, 2016, 10:41 pm
❤️:-))❤️Hope all my American cobbers had a lovely $th of July celebration with family and friends❤️
❤️ Thanking you kindly for sharing this information❤️
💕💛ღ❤️Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ💕♥L💜ve, Hugs and Peace go with you all♥💕Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ❤️ღ💛💕

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday July 4, 2016, 11:07 pm
Robert Reich is spot on, like usual!

Happy 4th Everyone!!!!!

Lona G (66)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 1:20 am
It's already the morning of the 5th here, so I'm very late in saying:

Happy 4th of July everyone!

In addition to Joanne's great comment:
After eight years of obstruction by Republicans in Congress, sadly America seems to have come full circle. But now there's no king to blame, no mother land to tear itself away from, but it's instead on the verge of electing a new "king" of its own. If that would come to pass, America may see another, possibly bloody, revolution and another civil war. There's only one remedy and you know what to do.

Winn A (179)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 6:39 am
Thanks TC

Terrie W (798)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 8:23 am
The 21st Century Revolution is coming. It will not be televised nor will it be pretty or painless. We will see what comes after this year's rigged elections.

There is a reason I admire and greatly respect Thomas Jefferson....he had the right idea about the 'Tree of Liberty.......and tyrants.

TomCat S (123)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 1:05 pm
Thanks friends!! Hugs!! Stars!!

Mandi T (367)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 7:01 pm
TY TC hope your 4th was Blessed and safe.

James Maynard (84)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 8:12 am
Thanks for the Declaration and the fireworks!

Rhonda B (99)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 3:52 pm
Thank you Tomcat & thank you Ted for the forward.
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