America – Fuck Yeah!

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But 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. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
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, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

So how did that work out?

The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held in strict secrecy. Consequently, anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall when the proceedings ended in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. The answer was provided immediately. A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

I don’t know about y’all but I’m not ready to give up on our little experiment in self-governance.


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100 Responses to America – Fuck Yeah!

  1. I usually wax poetic on holidays but it’s too hot.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Happy Independence Day ! The original Trump……according to CNN 😉

    • DandyTIger says:

      Someone should modify a video depiction of a revolutionary war battle, changing the english soldiers with CNN heads. And making Washington look a bit like Trump. 🙂

  3. So I walk out into my garage and get hit in the face with the unmistakable o-dear of decaying animal flesh. After following my nose and moving a bunch of boxes can you guess what I found?


    • CiscoKid says:

      Their dead smell is just about the foulest.
      Neighbor had one crawl under his porch and die.
      The question in the neighborhood was, “where is that smell coming from”?
      Had to call professionals to remove the lingering smell.

  4. CiscoKid says:

    An excerpt from a series of essays from Noah Webster to Ben Franklin.
    Lifted from

    “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword, because the whole body of the people are armed and constitute a force superior to any brand of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.”

    🇺🇸Freedom, 55 grains at a time.🇺🇸

    • DandyTIger says:

      Cool. So we can all go there and post positive things about Palin, Trump, liberty, guns, and diversity of thought. Bahahahahaha.

    • Ann says:

      I am much happier now that I check your hyperlinks before I click. 🙂

      She be crazy, and I ain’t goin’ there.

  5. Does anyone on this blog watch that show?

    • 1539days says:

      The video is that weird kind of satire progs make because they know there’s something to parody, but they can’t quite bring themselves to actually take on sacred cows.

    • elliesmom says:

      No, I read the book ages ago when I was having a hard time sleeping. It was a good cure for insomnia.

    • Miranda says:

      I read the book and thought it was a decent dystopia. It was interesting that Offred was basically passive and the opposite of the kick-ass heroines. I might have watched the series, except it’s being linked too much with the current politics. I don’t consider having to pay a co-pay for bc pills to be the equivalent of forced child-bearing to strangers.

  6. swanspirit says:

    I totally get why women found Ben Franklin irresistible. I do too. He is hawte.

  7. Venus says:

    This is such a great post on liberal smugness that I can’t believe Vox published it.
    It’s also pretty apparent from the publication date (April 2016) that Vox readers ignored it/failed to learn anything from it.

  8. Venus says:

    This tread

  9. Venus says:

    OMG Trump out does his tweet game

  10. CiscoKid says:

    Because freedom and independence come at a cost.

  11. AFVet says:

    Lee Greenwood.

  12. Dora says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      One of my favorite music videos, though it does make me tear up every time I watch it, and not in a patriotic way 😦

      • Jadzia says:

        My favorite example of that was in suri’s burn book, of all places. It was right after Katie Holmes escaped from crazy Tom cruise, and the picture was of her and Suri playing in the surf, smiling big. The caption simply read, let freedom ring.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Mt.Laurel and I were there for this ! Look at the shots of the Monument, we’re screen left about halfway up, did ya see us? 😛

      The crowd was absolutely fabulous and singing along. Goosebumps.

  13. CiscoKid says:

    There are many things I like about TCH, but the music is something I look forward to.
    Weekends wouldn’t be the same.
    I think the word is eclectic, nice mix

  14. AFVet says:

  15. Dora says:

    Sounds good.

  16. Dora says:

    James Rosen on Fox reported that the president went off script when he said these words.

  17. AFVet says:

    USAF turns 70 this year.

  18. Venus says:

    The Charlie Gard case is tragic but people comparing it to the Terri Schiavo case are pissing me off. Terri Schiavo wasn’t about family v. doctors (as the MSM is saying)– it was about the spouse wanting to pull the plug and the parents of an adult,legally married child not wanting to –that’s why the courts got involved –in the absence of a living will/health care power of attorney, the default is the legal spouse, not the parents. Terri’s parents were challenging legal default.
    In Charlie’s case it is the parents of an infant v. THE FUCKING GOVERNMENT (via NHS doctors). Worse, the courts are siding with the government/doctors AGAINST THE WISHES OF THE PARENTS!! Fucking OUTRAGEOUS that parents need to beg the government doctors and courts to let them get the treatment they want for their baby –treatment that will be paid for by the parents via donations, not the government.

    Please remember this nightmare next time someone tries to tell you how great single payer is. The government doesn’t give a shit about you or your kids.

    • SHV says:

      “–treatment that will be paid for by the parents via donations, not the government.”
      That fact removes the discussion from a “good faith” attempt by Doctors/Gov’t to weigh cost/risk/benefit and make it a pure ego driven pissing contest; which the Doctors/Gov’t have lost.

    • DeniseVB says:

      My first knee-jerk response to the Charlie case was Schiavo. My bad, but I did learn more about young Charlie and the effing UK govt overruling the parents. Terri’s “legal spouse” was already living with another woman and having babies, that’s what gave it such soap opera drama. Not sure why the UK NHS just doesn’t release the baby to go home with a hospice environment, if natural death is eminent, so be it in his parents arms.

      Latest I heard, a US hospital(still anonymous) and a team of specialists in this area has offered to treat Charlie for free, but they have to get him there, no commercial airline would transport though. We have medevac military planes flying back from Europe via war zones all the time, thinking this is how Trump is thinking? He has been known to transport US kids in medical need on Trump Force One when the airlines wouldn’t.

  19. AFVet says:

    LMAO !!!

  20. DeniseVB says:


  21. SHV says:

    “……to a child’s life and death the final decision must be with the parents”
    Child needs surgery and blood transfusion; parents are Jehovah Witness and refuse blood transfusion…Let the child die?

    • elliesmom says:

      To be consistent, the choice would always have to be to choose life regardless of who makes it, but that louses up the narrative that allows an expectant mother to choose abortion.

  22. AFVet says:

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  24. DeniseVB says:

    Capitol Fourth on PBS now…..great show!

    • CiscoKid says:

      Jazz, gospel, blues, and soul.
      Beautiful lyrics one and all.
      How in the F’K did ‘nigga this and ‘nigga that, bitches ‘n ‘hoes, F’K ‘da po-lice, ‘nigazz “poppin”, ‘niggaz dying become an art form?
      I grew up on Smokey, The Supremes, Sam& Dave, 4 Tops, Tempations.
      I’ll stop. How did a creative and contributors to the musical arts slide into this vile cesspool of hate and denigration of self.
      Really, I don’t know or understand.

      • helenk3 says:

        talent, class and good taste are so yesterday.
        I grew up with big bands, beginning of rock and roll, jazz, R&B, motown, I was one of the lucky ones.
        Great Movies that you could watch without being embarrassed, Same with TV .
        with later became MTV, was short musical fillers between TV shows

        • CiscoKid says:

          Motown. Rock ‘ Roll. Refused to be aired on airwaves because it was “jungle music.”
          I ask , how do/did one greatest contributors to cultural art let this happen.
          Did anyone raise their voices?.

  25. DeniseVB says:

    And so it begins….my neighborhood is now downtown Baghdad, for the next hour or 6. Have fun kids, thanks to the earlier thunderstorms and current drizzles, my house is *safe*. 😀

  26. swanspirit says:

    Watching the Macy’s 4th, so spectacular!

  27. Apparently all those stories about Chris Christie partying with his family on a closed state beach fail to mention that the property is one of the NJ governor’s official residences. IOW – he took his family to the beach house that is one of the perks of his job.

    • Not that it really matters because he is term-limited and was unpopular before the incident. I’m pretty sure his political career is toast. He couldn’t get elected dogcatcher.

      The best he can hope for is an appointment in a future GOP administration, a lobbyist gig, or joining the ranks of the bloviating gasbags.

      Leaving office in disgrace didn’t stop Newt Gingrich’s career.

      • helenk3 says:

        honestly that had to be the dumbest thing he ever did. Bridgegate was bad, but this was so in your face. Yes they got a budget in the early am of July 4, but by then how many people made other plans rather than go to the Jersey Shore. The only have about 4 months to make enough money to keep some businesses open there. In the winter nobody goes to the shore and work is dead. I am surprised that they did not lynch him

        • Somebody says:

          Only 11 miles of NJ’s 130 miles of beach were closed. It only impacted state parks. There was plenty of beach available and I doubt there was much impact on businesses, except maybe those near the couple of beach parks.

          The optics weren’t good, but the way Christie handled it made it even worse. It appears he doesn’t care, if he did he wouldn’t have been such an ass

  28. elliesmom says:

    It’s been a very busy weekend. My daughter and her family arrived Thursday night. She and her husband left today, but the two kids are still here. Lots of friends over on Sunday for a lobster bake, and then my brother-in-law on Monday. A big neighborhood party on the lake today. Night 5 of fireworks. We’ve watched the displays every night, but the kids asked to go to bed before they started tonight. They’re here until Saturday, but as long as the weather stays nice, it will be an easy couple of days. They’ll go from pjs to bathing suits to pjs.

  29. lateblum says:

    Spent the afternoon at the town’s 4th of July parade with old friends and new ones as well. I’m on my way to the town’s fireworks display at the lakefront (2 blocks from my home). This “small town” feel really takes over on the 4th of July and is quite special. Even though there is an over the top loathing for all things Republican here. (but that’s a story for another time.) At least Jan Schakowsky didn’t show up this year – whew!
    Just as an aside, my DD#1 dropped e off at the parade route an hour early due to other obligations. I was interviewed by a journalism student at Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern U. I noticed the way she led the interview and then I decided to take it in the direction I wanted to go. So yes, I mentioned the election – to be honest so did she. I also mentioned the assault on voters, the assaults on the First Amendment and the universities’ refusal to let Milo and Ben Shapiro speak and the lies told by the MSM. I must say, she was a bit surprised that someone who lives in this stronghold of Democrats would deign to be so heretical. I laughed after she walked away shaking her head.
    Gotta go. I hear noise coming from the lakefront. Sounds like they’re getting ready to set off the fireworks.
    Happy rest of the 4th everyone…..*waving*

      • lateblum says:

        Calamity was at the parade and tried to march with the drum and bugle corps from Dubuque, Iowa. Then, she decided to start rolling down a little hill and landed in a maze of bikes. Mostly though, she was great. She was interested in the parade and was a bit intimidated by some of the groups that were in the parade so stayed close —- for the most part. I took care of Calamity last night while the parents took the older little girl to the fireworks in a neighboring town. We had a good time!

  30. Seymour Clearly says:

  31. CiscoKid says:

    Man! It was quiet till a few moments ago.
    Neighbors are setting of some pretty heavy fireworks.
    I love it. I didn’t realize my neighbors acknowledged let alone celebrate the 4Th.
    A lot of Obama posters/signs till Trump ran.
    That should have been a clue.
    Somebody spent a lot of $$$ tonight.

  32. WTF??

  33. Dora says:

    Drones capture new view of 4th of July fireworks

    Among the starbursts, strobes and other pyrotechnics of an Independence Day fireworks show, a new illumination can increasingly be spotted in the sky ­ the blinking red light of a drone as it captures spectacular footage from a bird’s eye view.

  34. lyn says:

    JK Brown posted this comment at the bookwormroom:

    A good essay on Patriotism vs Nationalism from Orwell to resist the many calls of complaint from the Left today

    “Nationalism is not to be confused with patriotism. Both words are normally used in so vague a way that any definition is liable to be challenged, but one must draw a distinction between them, since two different and even opposing ideas are involved. By ‘patriotism’ I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force on other people. Patriotism is of its nature defensive, both militarily and culturally. Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseparable from the desire for power. The abiding purpose of every nationalist is to secure more power and more prestige, not for himself but for the nation or other unit in which he has chosen to sink his own individuality.

    My reading of this would put the DemProgs who so often slander people with nationalism, are the true nationalists.

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