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Happy Independence Day, Y'all!

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It's that time of the year again: the time when we sit back, reflect on our scrappy little nation's seemingly quixotic war for independence from an omnipresent empire and exclaim, "Hot damn, we did it!" 

It feels good to be free, huh? Free from tyranny, free from the closet, free from whatever. But let's not forget that the American Revolution wasn't simply about the States, of which there were far fewer. It was a fight for freedom everywhere, one that inspired similar battles still raging today. Hot damn, we did it, but there's still more work to be done, including here at home...

But let us also not get too deep right now. Let's keep this light: have fun today, play outside and enjoy your independence responsibly. I'll see you back here tomorrow, when the work week again absorbs us into its oppressive schedules and routines.

Freedom, it can be so fleeting.

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  1. My, my, News-Breaker, what a charming litany you lay out for us. Ok, by your logic then the French Revolution, after thousands lost their heads in bloody purges, gave us Napoleon who proceeded to plunge Europe into a terrible series of wars in a bid for continental domination, followed by colonialism in Africa and Asia that the Bourbons could only dream of and makes American dickering overseas look amateurish in comparison. Then there's the Bolshevik Revolution which not only cost millions of Russians and others their lives, thanks to bloodthirsty tyrants like Lenin and Stalin who were far worse than Napoleon and in some ways even Hitler. Their bid for domination and conquest was more ambitious than Napoleon's encompassing not just Europe, but the entire globe. Whatever the mistakes are one wishes to point to in American history, and there are many I certainly can name, our Revolution at least inspired a progression towards freedom not only in this country over the years but also in many others. Fortunately France can also say that their past mistakes are being put behind them, but can Russia? To a degree but it looks like Putin has dreams of Empire in one form or another so the jury's still out on that one.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Jul 4, 2012 7:48:36 PM


  2. "Jefferson's declaration was a direct inspiration for Ho, who modeled his own after the former ... http://coombs.anu.edu.au/~vern/van_kien/declar.html"

    The irony is that almost as soon as the (N.) Vietnamese declaration was proclaimed, Uncle Sam did it best to enslave the ppl in its Western colonialist death grip....

    Posted by: Iban4yesu | Jul 4, 2012 8:37:02 PM


  3. Great posts from the guys who are informed - I'm learning too. Loved yours RATBSTD.

    And NEWS BREAKER should never be allowed to leave his room for dummies.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jul 4, 2012 11:14:10 PM


  4. "It was a fight for freedom everywhere, one that inspired similar battles still raging today."

    Lololol American wank.

    Posted by: Lance | Jul 4, 2012 11:53:20 PM


  5. Happy Birthday, America! :)

    Posted by: millerbeach | Jul 5, 2012 3:07:47 AM


  6. Wonderful Canada. That is part and parcel of UK. That rounded up all of the French acadians and forced them into exile in the swamps of Louisiana to presumably die.

    Well they did not die, and they found a home in America, and life, and freedom, even though ten thousand of fifteen died on the ships.

    The north was anti slavery. Slaves had to go to Canada to prevent being returned to the south. But there were plenty if free blacks in both north and south, and they were even in politics and had great wealth.

    You morons have been fed a bunch of lies about the US. And you got suckered big time. Hahahaha

    Posted by: Ted | Jul 5, 2012 4:43:53 AM


  7. If the us had lost the revolutionary war, all Americans would have civil union rights now. And Britain's conservative pm is calling for marriage equality.

    The Revolutionary war was fought for the rights of wealthy white men.

    And pretty much ever since, wars have been about greed and capitalism.

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Jul 5, 2012 5:36:55 AM


  8. If the us had lost the revolutionary war, all Americans would have civil union rights now. And Britain's conservative pm is calling for marriage equality.

    The Revolutionary war was fought for the rights of wealthy white men.

    And pretty much ever since, wars have been about greed and capitalism.

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Jul 5, 2012 5:37:02 AM


  9. "If us had lost..." what? Proper grammer for sure. Good god man get a brain for the language you're trying to use.

    And TED, where o where did he get his exclusive information that has so thoroughly left everyone else out. Who's been suckered?

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jul 5, 2012 6:52:53 AM


  10. IBAN4YESU: Not exactly. Minh declared a communist-led "republic" for Vietnam in 1945. Given the rise of the Cold War in the aftermath of WWII, there wasn't a chance we'd recognize a communist government in Vietnam especially in opposition to our ally France. It was French colonialism, soundly defeated by the Viet Minh, and with the benefit of hindsight our foolish notion of the "domino theory", that led to the Vietnam War. France wanted to retain its colony, we just wanted to stop the spread of communism. In many ways it's a shame that South Vietnam fell, for the people of that region at least. Just compare South Korea to North Korea. Similar situation but at least the South Koreans have developed something far greater than their Northern brethren instead of being abandoned to their fate as in South Vietnam. Still, Vietnam as a whole now seems to be improving and I hope the people there continue to move forward to greater freedom.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Jul 5, 2012 7:45:29 AM


  11. Rick: How do you figure? There is nothing to indicate that a UK which retained British America would have become more progressive, but instead if you look at its period of Empire was very much the opposite. Most former British colonies obtained their laws against homosexuality from the UK during their own colonial period, including the former American colonies. Look up the Victorian Era for starters. It was the loss of Empire and the example of the United States that moved the UK towards a more progressive era. The UK has now moved ahead of the USA in terms of LGBT rights, that much is certain, but hopefully that won't last much longer. The changes I've seen over my lifetime here in the States, as slow as they may seem at times, have been extraordinary. There is much more to do obviously. Oh and as for the Revolution, your comment could not be more naive. It was fought for the retention of what Americans saw as their inherent rights as Englishmen, which guess what? If you dismiss it as being for nothing more than "rights of wealthy white men" that describes exactly how British society was in the 18th century. What, you expected modern notions of democracy and republicanism in that period? Please. Read a good history book. What the Founders did was indeed revolutionary and expanded freedom to more classes than the wealthy, as well as sowed the seeds for further progress in this country.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Jul 5, 2012 8:00:50 AM


  12. RICK SCAT is a good short term for the man's ignorance.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jul 5, 2012 11:06:18 AM


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