“I am apt to believe that [the 4th of July] will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance; it ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” –John Adams (emphasis added)

22 Responses to TTAG: Happy Independence Day!

  1. If only this were a free country, there’d be something to celebrate. It’s fun to pretend though.

  2. Say what you will, warts and all, we’re still a great country and there’s nowhere else I’d rather live and raise my family. With sincere thanks to the John Adams’ family and his compatriots for their courage and service.

    Happy Birthday, America!

  3. Most importantly, we need to ensure that current and future generations understand that this day is not a day of fireworks and vacation, but a day of celebrating the birth of a nation, and the commemoration of a time when a people broke free of the bonds of a monarchy under the risk of certain death and complete loss. We owe so much to our founding fathers, and yet we take so much for granted. I fear that the true meaning of this holiday will one day be lost unless we keep the ignorant informed of the truth.

    Happy Birthday, U.S.A!

  4. All you sorry chumps would be speaking English if Washington lost. Remember that! Now you owe us for eternity even as we de-stabilize your country(ies)!

  5. And a large TEA PARTY , to demand we keep government in it’s proper place , like getting rid of the EPA, the UN, and Obama care for starts…

  6. “it ought to be solemnized with…guns…”
    — I’ve never heard this statement before.

    “from one end of this continent to the other”
    — Interesting quote to see how they envisioned a geographically future America.

    • You need to remember that their “…world…” ran north and south, along the Eastern Seaboard. This was the northern part of New England, that is now Maine, but was part of Massachutes back then, to the southern most colony. If you notice in the quote he didn’t say the “…width and breadth of the continent.”

    • “it ought to be solemnized with…guns…”
      — I’ve never heard this statement before.

      Me neither, but shortly after reading this I was watching The Revolution on the History Channel and when they got to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, they read the exact same John Adams quote that Chris posted above.

  7. God bless the victims of American imperialism. May they soon gain their independence as we once did. And may we soon gain our independece once more from an overbearing, dictatorial state.

    • Well it’s because we’re using a loose definition of “representation”. I know I sure as hell was never given an opportunity to vote for these laws or decide who’s running for office.

      Just because the political system puts a candidate up and says “You must vote for one of these people” doesn’t mean you really have representation – you’re pretty much doing a coin flip on who’s going to use the most lube when they ass-rape you.

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