It is trite idea, I suppose, but when holidays come around, I think we ought to do something that has to do with that particular holiday. So does eating hotdogs and setting off fireworks have anything to do with Independence Day?  Do we want to spend the entire day listening to politicians make speeches?       :mrgreen:        So what should we do?

There are perhaps no human beings more guilt-ridden than Democrat Liberals. Whatever their religious belief, these pitiful souls have accepted at least one false god, a government that gives us our rights.  In fact, Democrat Liberals have little respect for individual accomplishments. Remember the words of their hero.

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet. (from here)

Often, Democrat Liberals will try to convince you that that quote is out of context (You Didn’t Build That,’ Uncut and Unedited), but Obama and the Democrat Liberals really do believe the role of government, not the individual, is crucial.

Now, let me say this. It’s fashionable among some pundits — and this happens every time America hits a rough patch — it’s fashionable to be saying, well, this time it’s different, this time we really are in the soup; it’s going to be hard to solve our problems. Let me tell you something. What’s missing is not big ideas. What’s missing is not that we’ve got an absence of technical solutions to deal with issues like education or energy or our deficit. The problem we’ve got right now is we’ve just got a stalemate in Washington. (from here)

Is where your life is headed about Washington DC, or about your relationship with your Creator? Who made this world? God or politicians in Washington DC?

What is America? Is it a welfare state, or is it our homeland? Are we just the dependents of our leaders, or are we each responsible for ourselves?

Recently, one of the Democrat Liberal columnists at The New York Times wrote a self-revealing satire, Only Mass Deportation Can Save America. Here is how it begins.

In the matter of immigration, mark this conservative columnist down as strongly pro-deportation. The United States has too many people who don’t work hard, don’t believe in God, don’t contribute much to society and don’t appreciate the greatness of the American system.

They need to return whence they came.

I speak of Americans whose families have been in this country for a few generations. Complacent, entitled and often shockingly ignorant on basic points of American law and history, they are the stagnant pool in which our national prospects risk drowning.

On point after point, America’s nonimmigrants are failing our country. Crime? A study by the Cato Institute notes that nonimmigrants are incarcerated at nearly twice the rate of illegal immigrants, and at more than three times the rate of legal ones. (continued here)

What was the author’s bottom line? He was jesting, at least that is what he said.

Bottom line: So-called real Americans are screwing up America. Maybe they should leave, so that we can replace them with new and better ones: newcomers who are more appreciative of what the United States has to offer, more ambitious for themselves and their children, and more willing to sacrifice for the future. In other words, just the kind of people we used to be — when “we” had just come off the boat. (continued here)

Has America ruined us? Well, that seems to be the author’s contention. Consider the irony. Government should welcome immigrants en masse, grant them the right to be here regardless of whether they broke the law. Why? Immigrants, unlike native Americans are more self-reliant. Still, the author is peddling the notion that the lives immigrants all depend upon the government giving them something.

What does Democrat Liberalism depend upon? An endless pity party. The only thing we can do to save ourselves, our family, our friends and our neighbors is persuade everyone to give everything we have to the government so the government can save us.

Since I regularly read The Washington Times, I discovered The New Times column because of a reference in this column, A country, not merely an idea. Here is the central idea.

If America were merely a creedal association, then it would be immoral for us to deny citizenship to anyone who sincerely affirms the same propositions. There would be no grounds for refusing citizenship to any right-thinking person simply on the basis of the accidents of parentage or birthplace. (from here)

We care about America because this is our home. We don’t want to be deported. This Land is where our family, friends, and neighbors call home too, and that is what makes this Land very special to us.

Still, we celebrate Independence Day, and these lines, once America’s creed, still sings to the hearts of many from the Declaration of Independence.

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 (from here)

America is also special to us because it was the first nation to recognize God as the granter of our rights. Most Americans still believe God granted us life. Most still know that only in Him do we have our being.

Job 10:8-12 New King James Version (NKJV)

‘Your hands have made me and fashioned me,
An intricate unity;
Yet You would destroy me.
Remember, I pray, that You have made me like clay.
And will You turn me into dust again?
10 Did You not pour me out like milk,
And curdle me like cheese,
11 Clothe me with skin and flesh,
And knit me together with bones and sinews?
12 You have granted me life and favor,
And Your care has preserved my spirit.

As did Job, we will each suffer. Sometimes our entire Land will suffer from war, famine, disease….. Yet if we would have hope, then we must rest that hope where it belongs. At best, we can only use government to protect the rights God gave us. At best, we can only be good stewards of the gifts He has given us.

In the most of the world, the people look to a strong man as their protector. In America, the Declaration of Independence reminds us to look to our Father in heaven. In our better moments, we can each set a good example. In word and deed we call upon our family, friends, and neighbors to obey His laws and to love each other as we each love our self.

This year as the 4th of July approaches, please take a moment to thank God for your family, friends, and neighbors. Thank God also for the opportunity to love your brothers and sisters,  children of God, in a free country.


  1. July 3, 1776
    “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. 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.

    “You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory I can see that the end is worth more than all the means; that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even though we [may regret] it, which I trust in God we shall not.” Founder John Adams

    July 4, 1837
    “Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the World, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day. Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the Progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Saviour and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets 600 years before.”

    “I speak as a man of the world to men of the world; and I say to you, Search the Scriptures! The Bible is the book of all others, to be read at all ages, and in all conditions of human life; not to be read in small portions of one or two chapters every day, and never to be intermitted, unless by some overruling necessity.”

    “Posterity–you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.” Sixth President John Quincy Adams

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  2. Interesting thoughts.
    Three movies I hope to fit into the holiday weekend: 1776, Moscow on the Hudson, and Independence Day. Each in its own way reminds me of what is great, and always has been, about the USA. J.

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  3. Amen and again Amen Tom—
    Washington and the other founding fathers did indeed believe that America was special—that she has been endowed with Grace from God the Creator…they also felt a keen sense of responsibility—heck , they were putting together an whole knew nation—one that paid homage and respect to a king, but not a king in the sense of the one we had just fled but rather the King of all Creation…
    You are so right when you say that those, be they liberal democrats, progressives or those simply wanting to be cared for without contributing anything of themselves for such care, those who look to the great hand of the great Government to be the end all to truly end all rather then the rightful Great One and Omnipotent God in whom we must remember has allowed us the very air we breath—then and there….there will be the devil to pay…as in really, the devil…as in hell to pay for our folly.
    And when America fails to consider or remember or recall her blessings from the One True God of all that is….then she too will suffer grievously under the weight of her foolish ways….history has proven that little fact….that is if you are wise enough to see through the bravado of the false gods……

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    1. Again and again—1000 apologies for such poor typing that works to keep up with rapid fire thoughts—
      all should read:
      “that she had been endowed…”
      “putting together a whole new nation…..”
      “allowed us the very air we breathe…”

      See Tom, I just get so caught up in wanting to respond to your wisdom that I get so ahead of myself in thought and typing….. sigh……

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    1. My brother constantly throws New York Times columnist David Brooks at me at as the Conservative example I should follow. I have Liberal commenters tell me they are Conservative. An now you tell you tell me Bret Stephens is a Conservative.

      Burke, Lincoln and Irving Kristol are dead. We can only hazard a guess as to how Burke and Lincoln would regard many of today’s issues. Kristol is someone I know little about. Since he is dead, …..

      Donald Trump is more Conservative than Stephens. Lovely personality. I suppose not, but I don’t think Trump bills himself as a Conservative anyway. Buchanan does call himself a Conservative. On most issues I suppose I agree with him, but not everything. Not sure who Coughlin might be. Father Coughlin?

      My point is that his list a joke too.


      1. An now you tell you tell me Bret Stephens is a Conservative.
        Wrong. I don’t “tell” you (i.e. interpret his political stance from my point of view), I point out his self-identification.


        1. @marmoewp

          BTW, I have told I have tendency to debate rather than converse. That can make me appear more adversarial and snarky than I desire to appear.

          I do appreciate the fact you looked up how Stephens identifies himself. I just think his self-identification has to do more with marketing than reality.


  4. I don’t think that radical democrats (and I say radical because I think there is a group of democrats who disagree with the radical members of their party) understand the American spirit or Christianity, both of which are terrifying. Also, considering that they often don’t believe in God, they must find someone to look to. I don’t think they realize that they seek a higher power, too. I’ll never understand why they want to put their faith in imperfect humans who fail them on a regular basis (government). I read somewhere that the human brain is hardwired to seek God, it’s just that some people seek a false diety like government etc. instead. I’m also terrified by the radical liberal idea that you mentioned about someone else being responsible for you. Why in the world would you want someone providing every darn thing you need and taking the fall for you? There’s a freedom in taking responsibility for oneself and relying on our Lord. It makes us grown ups.

    As for this rise in radicalism, Patriots need to take more of a stand, or at least make sure our voice is heard, because I think we’re allowing it to be squashed somewhat. And those of us who worship and serve God instead of government need to continue to spread the gospel and avoid watering down the message to appeal to those who don’t believe. We can’t get this country back on track without Him.

    I also like your comments about putting God above country and talking about how God and American patriotism are linked.

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