Did you have a good 4th of July? Get in a little grilling, maybe a picnic and some fireworks? And did you take a moment to contemplate the blessings of liberty in this, the land of the free?
Brother, you were duped! Rightbloggers spent the 4th reminding their followers that America is crushed and suffering under the tyrant currently extending Roosevelt’s four terms of despotism, King FDR V-VI; and some hinted that, elections having failed to dislodge him, only revolution would set things right.
The celebration of the Declaration of Independence got some of the brethren feeling Founderish, and they penned jeremiads against the oppressor Obama.
In his 1,836-word address, “JULY 4, 2013: CAN AMERICA RECOVER FROM OBAMA AND HIS FELLOW TRAVELERS?” One Citizen Speaking detailed everything that was wrong with the President — for example, “his appointees for high office were demonstrably corrupt, incompetent or pursuing a toxic socialist or gay ideology” — as well as with RINOs like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio; he mourned the absence of “True conservatives – men like Ronald Reagan, John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart, men who were willing to stand up to bullies and call a spade a spade,” and that “modern man has been feminized by overwhelmingly liberal feminist teachers who see playing dodge-ball in the schoolyard as the moral equivalent of playing with a loaded gun.”
One Citizen Speaking yet deigned to “even bother to celebrate today” only because “I know this is America and we can survive the failed experiment that is Barack Obama.” Others weren’t so sure.
“Can anyone remember a July 4 when Americans felt less free?” moaned Barry Farber at WorldNetDaily. Farber had to admit that, to the naked eye, America looked free and prosperous — “materials are moving, goods are being produced, services rendered, payments made” — but it just wasn’t right somehow: “It’s the steak with no sizzle,” he metaphorced, “the sunset with clouds covering the color. You can belt out a ‘Hip!’ and then another
‘Hip!’ but you’ve had it before you get to the ‘Hooray!'” It’s hell to get old, isn’t it?
And it’s all King FDR V-VI’s fault, explained Farber: “Never, ever have we witnessed a more arrogant, less competent, more leftward-lunging and, if you know history, more frightening administration.” Even worse — most voters don’t seem to appreciate how horrible the hip-hooray situation is! “Why should Americans, whose military and moral strength and resolve salvaged and saved the post-World War II world from easy communist takeover, have to mutter at uneasy social gatherings whether or not we’re being led into the same communism we saved the world from beginning in 1945?” asked Farber. Answer him that, hippies, if you can figure out what he means.
“Are you like me in that you are having a difficult time trying to decide what to for the 4th of July holiday?” asked radio host Dave Hodges. “Do you feel like me and feel that we don’t have a lot to celebrate given the present state of affairs?” Good, then you’ll listen to the rest of this bullshit. “It doesn’t feel like the 4th of July,” said Hodges, “when a quality person and parent like Stacy Lynne, of Fort Collins Colorado, had her son stolen from her over a 19 months ago by the Agenda 21 forces of her community for daring to speak out on behalf the small business owners.” Agenda 21, we see, well, look at the time… “It doesn’t feel like the 4th of July when journalists, Michael Hastings and Andrew Breitbart can be murdered for exposing government corruption…” Here’s our bus bye!
“How can we celebrate the degradation of liberty?… Regrettably, today we have the opposite of what the Framers gave us,” blubbered Judge Andrew Napolitano at libertarian flagship Reason. “Today we have a government that alone decides how much wealth we can retain, how much free expression we can exercise, how much privacy we can enjoy. And since the Fourth of July 2012, freedom has been diminished,” because King FDR V-VI, in a startling break from the Bush-era civil liberties agenda, has started spying on Americans. “Somewhere Jefferson is weeping,” intoned Napolitano. “Happy Fourth of July 2013.” No sparklers for Judge Napolitano.
“We celebrate the holiday in 2013,” said Alan Caruba in his “A not so happy Fourth of July” at Renew America, “in a nation sharply divided between those who wish to retain and maintain the traditional and political values of America – conservatives – and the liberals who want to adopt the failed socialist systems of Europe and elsewhere.”
And guess what — the socialists are winning! “The transformation of today’s America from one whose values are enshrined in the Constitution… did not occur overnight,” he said; such monsters as John Dewey and such catastrophes as “the rise of the union movement” kicked off the apocalypse, and today’s liberals who “welcome the attack on traditional marriage… that has resulted in the legalization of same-sex marriage in many states” and “defend abortion even though it has killed an entire generation of Americans in the womb” are bringing it to a climax.
As for King FDR V-VI, “his conduct is more that of a monarch or dictator,” said Caruba, “indifferent and resentful of the judiciary and of Congress… The government the Founding Fathers feared would happen is the government we now have. It is not a happy Fourth of July.” No sparklers for Alan Caruba, either.
But Jerry McConnell seemed like he wasn’t going to take it lying down! “We Should Declare a Second Independence on This 237th Independence Day,” he headlined at Canada Free Press. (See, that’s how bad King FDR V-VI has gotten — patriots have to go to Canada to publish their revolutionary tracts!) “How much longer,” began McConnell, “do you think we will have to wait to hear the tin-horn puppet of billionaire Communist George Soros, usurper president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama give his ultimate order for Christians to cease and desist any and all mention or reference to their (bogus to him) religion in a public venue?”
McConnell only gets more excited from there on, but alas, it turned out he wanted someone else to do his revolutionizing for him: “Why can’t someone who cares,” he whined, “that enjoys the proper office and legal instruments to initiate a leadership action, step up and light a fire under the only remaining government entity, the House of Representatives, to begin the task of bringing colonial justice and conservative America back to the descendents of our Founding Fathers?” C’mon, Jerry, you first — grab your flintlock and watch patriots run to back you up! Please make sure to call a news crew first.
From his headline, “Is America in a Pre-Revolutionary State this July 4th?” we had hopes of greater revolutionary fervor from PJ Media kingpin Roger L. Simon. He began promisingly: “Are we headed for a Tahrir Square of our own with the attendant mammoth social turmoil, possibly even violence. Could it happen here?” After some yap about health care reform and the IRS, Simon brought up Tahrir Square again, and even fantasized what liberals would be doing during his revolution: “Ironically, if our society enters a revolutionary phase, liberals will find themselves in the role of the Islamists, defending a shopworn and reactionary ideology on religious grounds, because it is only their faith that holds their ideas together at this point.” (Memo to casting: They should also spit when they talk and have really bad haircuts.)
All very funny, but watchman, what of the night? At last came Simon’s breathless close: “I am filled with foreboding about what’s to come, indeed about what is already here. When I look at the masses swarming in Tahrir Square, I am at once repelled and attracted, repelled because, to be honest, I find their culture more than a bit crazy, but attracted because I know something is seriously wrong, not just in Egypt but in the USA.”
And there the transmission ended. Unless Simon has finally gone senile, he can’t have meant to finish like that — the ObamaKommando must have cut him off.
The National Patriot drew up “A FORMAL INDICTMENT of the Dictator Obama” based on the Declaration, substituting King FDR V-VI’s crimes for George III’s (e.g., “Obama strongly backs socialist unions to remove American values and fundamentals from school curriculum in order to ‘brainwash’ today’s youth as his Attorney General, Eric Holder, has suggested“), but did not call for his fellow patriots to join him under the mulberry tree and bring plenty of powder.
These guys liked dressing up as Patrick Henry, but choked on the “give me death” part.
At TeaParty.org, Dr. Jerome R. Corsi asked, “What Will July 4, 2014 Look Like If Amnesty Passes Congress?” His answer — we’ll be overrun by Messicans, a “shocking 46 million immigrants” in 20 years! “Clearly, our Founding Fathers never intended open borders,” said Corsi, referring no doubt to the giant border fence the Founders built between America and Spanish Florida. “Let the House of Representatives know,” said Corsi, “Tea Party loyalists want to celebrate a July 4, 2014 as the 238th year our Constitutional freedoms as defined in the Bill of Rights still intact for all Americans to appreciate and enjoy,” and that means habla ingles solamente!
Some of the boys elected to deliver their Nathan Hales by video. “America will not stay America on hot dogs and fire works alone,” said Dennis Prager, so he proposed “a barbecue with meaning.” Prager had a few years earlier tried to sell America on a “Fourth of July Seder,” and seems now to be pitching it as a “Celebration” in which kids have to read patriotic boilerplate (“Liberty means that we are free to pursue our dreams and to go as far in life as hard work and good luck can take us”), eat ceremonial foods (“We eat a salty pretzel to remember the tears shed by the families who lost loved ones in the struggle for freedom”), and sing “God Bless America” before they can go play video games.
The Right Scoop posted a video of a 4th of July speech by one Dan Bongino that was 15 minutes long, so we relied on the synopsis: it was, The Right Scoop told us, about “why we must fight back against the tyranny of the left”; Bongino “said our government is interactive, like a boxing match,” they further informed us, “and we’ve been getting hit really hard over the last few years. It’s time to start hitting back hard.”
OK, we watched a little: Bongino apparently spent 12 years in the Secret Service, from which he resigned because of “the fight we are in” (and to run for the Senate), and that fight is “epic, and it’s a battle with an opponent who knows no limits.” He didn’t say but we assume this opponent is King FDR V-VI. Bongino said whenever he gets a chance to talk to a liberal, he asks them, “Where has freedom failed you? You may have failed freedom, but where has freedom failed you?” which really shuts them up, apparently. Also, in addition to pummeling the opponent, Bongino requested his listeners “grab the world by the horns and put it on the mat.”
For the high-volume email revolutionary outreach, a couple of Fourth-related Obama stories were peddled, of which Snopes.com took note. In one, a “satire” site ran a fake story in which Obama told students not to celebrate Independence Day (“Great Britain may not have had it completely right, but they had many things right. Take taxes for example”).
You can guess what ensued: “Obama to College Students: Do Not Celebrate Fourth of July,” reported Jericho777. “Obama has said something so profound against this nation that I want Democrats to come forward and answer for this piece of turd president,” yelled Hear Us Now. “We will demand answers! This man hates America! He is an outright Communist in his heart and envy’s China and Mao!” Etc.
In another, some fireworks shows at military bases were scaled backed due to the across-the-board sequester cuts of March, and emailers interpreted this as “the president has cancelled 4th of July celebrations for the troops.”
This one got spread around, too. “Obama’s Budget Cutbacks Mean No 4th of July at Local and Other Military Bases,” said Mike’s America. “Military Bases Cancel 4th of July Fireworks to Save Money… While Obama Laughs His Ass Off,” improvised D.C. Clothesline. “They say it’s the sequester. I say it’s bull ****.” Yeah, what’s this “sequester” thing anyway but something the liberal media made up to protect Obama?
But some rightbloggers realized they had to at least make some connection between fantasy and reality. L. Brent Bozell acknowledged the sequester, but added, “Don’t forget that The Washington Post recently reported that the Obamas’ trip to Africa in the week just before July 4 could cost what they called a ‘kingly sum,’ anywhere from $60 million to $100 million… Those funds would have covered every federal Fourth of July event nationwide with plenty left over for a president’s vacation.”
See, Obama could have saved the military’s fireworks by canceling state visits, yet he refused to do so, despite the pleading of People’s Friend L. Brent Bozell. Bozell’s use of the word “vacation” at the end was clever — though including the President’s family on the Africa trip is pretty much what Presidents Clinton and Bush did on their own African adventures, rightbloggers quickly decided that it meant Obama was only going over there for laughs with his fellow black people.
“While on the most expensive presidential vacation in our nation’s history, $100M, Obama cut spending on 4th of July Marines’ celebration,” roared Young Cons. “Muslim-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama Cancels 4th of July. Needs savings to pay for more vacations,” charged Conscience of a Conservative. “Obama Spends $100 Million On Family Trip To Africa But Cancels Marines’ July 4th Fireworks,” parroted Weasel Zippers. “Obama cancels July 4th fireworks so he can go to Africa,” repeated The Federalist. “$100 Million Blown On Obama African Trip Yet No Money for Military 4th of July Fireworks,” cried Citizens Patriot. “More proof that the Liberal Left loath our fine Military Men and Woman.” “Obama promises $7 billion to build African power grids while military bases cancel 4th July fireworks,” wrote The Right Scoop, showing a little initiative at least.
Not that the brethren weren’t staying up on current events. The unpleasantness in Egypt, for example, informed some of their Fourth of July writings. “Egyptians would be lucky if their new ruling generals turn out to be in the mold of Chile’s Augusto Pinochet,” said the Wall Street Journal editors, “who took power amid chaos but hired free-market reformers and midwifed a transition to democracy,” and murdered thousands of his countrymen, which went unmentioned. At PJ Media, David P. Goldman was inspired by the anti-American signs at Tahrir Square: “Why can’t we get 14 million people into the streets to proclaim that Obama is an idiot like the Egyptians did?” he wrote.
When Nancy Pelosi spoke favorably of King FDR V-VIcare as “health independence,” it was too much for Michael Walsh, who raved at the New York Post that all you Obama voters fucked up America. “A land conceived in individual liberty — not group identity — and in like-minded community organizations, such as churches and social clubs — not the top-down handiwork of Alinskyite ‘community organizers’ — is morphing into a country of supplicants, always on the lookout for the next handout,” he said.
At National Review, Walsh further lamented “what sort of nation we are turning ourselves into… It’s hard to see how individual liberty can be preserved with the Feds setting loose swarms of officers to harrass our people and eat out their substance — and with half the nation cheering them on. That’s not democracy, or even a representative Republic. It’s mob rule.”
People across the United States gathered on Thursday for parades, picnics and fireworks at Independence Day celebrations, held under unprecedented security following the Boston Marathon bombings.
— and came up with this: “Obama’s police state: 4th of July parades and picnics monitored.. On a day where Americans are celebrating the birth of a nation, they still can’t escape the watchful eye of Obama’s police state at parades and picnics.”
We know not what course others may have taken, but we celebrated America’s birthday with a nice picnic and fireworks; and if we had any apprehension about our nation’s future, it was because people like those quoted above still live in it.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 7, 2013