Independence Day, July 2nd? *Open Thread*


Happy Fourth of July, everyone! What a joy and privilege it is to celebrate the birth of this nation 241 years ago. What our Founders created continues to be a shining beacon, a land of more freedoms than any other country on Earth, and truly the land of opportunity. Hence why so many continue to flock to our shores. The United States of America is a country like none other.

I am proud to celebrate our Independence this July Fourth.

Or should it be, Happy Second Of July? Apparently so, a fact I now know after having seen the following “Mallard Filmore” comic strip in my local paper:

Mallard Filmore

This strip got my curiosity up, so  I did a little research, and this is what I found about this claim, as well as some other facts, in the Archives of the Government:

Who Authored the Declaration of Independence? Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence, which was then edited by John Adams and Benjamin Franklin. Jefferson took their edits and incorporated them into what would become the version finally adopted.

Independence Day Should Have Been July 2 –July 2, 1776 is the day that the Continental Congress actually voted for independence. John Adams, in his writings, even noted that July 2 would be remembered in the annals of American history and would be marked with fireworks and celebrations. The written Declaration of Independence was dated July 4 but wasn’t actually signed until August 2. Fifty-six delegates eventually signed the document, although all were not present on that day in August.

Who Signed and In What Order? –John Hancock signed first, with a large hand right in the middle because he was the President of the Congress. The others signed by state delegation, beginning in the upper right in one column, and then proceeding in five other columns, arranged from the northernmost state (New Hampshire) to the southernmost (Georgia).

Who Signed Last? It is believed Thomas McKean of Delaware was the last person to sign. When Congress authorized the printing of an official copy with the names attached in January 1777, McKean’s name was not included. He signed after that date, or the printer made a mistake by omitting him. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Seems like we could have had a few different dates from which to choose: July 2nd, July 4th, or August 2nd.  One thing is certain – poor John Adams was off by a couple of days about when we’d be having those fireworks!

Speaking of fireworks, what July Fourth post would be complete without some fireworks? My favorite remains the Boston Pops and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Here is the conclusion of that famous July Fourth piece complete with cannon fire:

Oh, I just love that! And since I lived in Boston for 8 years, I was able to go see it in person a number of times. That was something special, I’ll tell you. Just lie this country is special.

And finally, for those Millennials who are not patriotic or proud to be an American, sadly, over a third of them according to a recent poll, perhaps an attitude adjustment is in order.  Perhaps they need to be reminded of just how great a country this is, how many freedoms we have here, how many opportunities on so many levels we have here, and how blessed we are to live in this land.

To that end, I think this song sums it up beautifully, and it is beautifully performed by Home Free, an a cappella group (h/t Suzy):

God Bless the USA, indeed.

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! This is an Open Thread.


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20 Responses to “Independence Day, July 2nd? *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    The Boston Pops and the fireworks is my favorite too. Someone sitting down to write music for the fireworks show couldn’t have done better than Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture does. Considering that it is one of my favorite pieces of music I may be a bit prejudiced.

    I love your Holiday posts and this is another winner. Thank you for all you do.

    You keep our small community sheltered from an ugly storm that is outside. We can go and fight the good fight, as we must, but know that we can come back and rest safely until we are ready to fight again.

    I just want you to know how grateful we are.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      You are too kind, Marge. Thank you so much for your support, stellar posts, and excellent commentary. You are a treasure!

      I could not agree more abt how perfect the 1812 Overture is for fireworks! It is an excellent choice for such an auspicious occasion.

      Thank you again – your words warm my heart!

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Don’t you just love Mallard Fillmore cartoons? Cartoonist Bruce Tinsley makes you think. Here’s another you might like:

  3. piper Says:

    Both you and Marge have a way with words that speak to everyone. Thank you for keeping the lights on which are needed in these turbulent times.

    Have always love the patriotic music and parades on the 4th – just wish the spirit and goodwill would remain for the rest of the year.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Thank you so much Piper. Your comments are usually spot on and your contributions of links, cartoons, Maxine especially help make this place great.

      Your way with words is just fine. Don’t underestimate yourself.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks so much, piper – truly our pleasure, and as Marge noted, your contributions are invaluable to this blog. Thank you, and thank you for being such a loyal reader/participant!

  4. piper Says:

    Excellent article written by a Swedish political consultant comparing Sweden and America.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Thank you so much for this article Piper! I read, and relished, every word. Sometime we are too close and we don’t see the things we should, sometimes distance is needed for perspective.

      I loved the whole piece but the following words hit home the hardest:

      If you grow up in a country that doesn’t ask anything of you, you end up living an entire life without asking anything of yourself — expecting nothing, excelling at nothing, with no repercussions for failure and no incentive for growth. And it kills your very soul.

      Amen to those words. And they are doubly important today when far too many of our people think “Independence Day” is about barbecues.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Outstanding article, piper. WOW. That is really something. To put our two countries in juxtaposition and see how different we are, how much a beacon on the hill we are to others, is humbling. Wonderful piece. I hope we can pull back from the precipice of neo-Socialism. We must pull back from it, and her words, highlighted above by Marge, are the reason why we must…

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    I think this cartoon from Steve Breen of the San Diego Union Tribune is great.

    If you look closely you see men, women, children and someone in a wheelchair in the “stripes”.

    It would have been easier to just do generic stick men – he took the time to do it right. I salute him for that.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That is a fantastic cartoon. And you are right – the time and care he took to highlight us all is great.

    • piper Says:

      Diversity should be seen as an asset – everyone has something to contribute and can live good lives without stepping on others’ freedoms and money to achieve contentment.

      Another person whose words resonate within me

  6. piper Says:

    Daniel Greenfield on the -so called fourth estate – well worth the read. Playboy is now regarded as real news. Can you believe this?

    ‘Why does the media believe that Playboy, but not Breitbart or the Daily Caller, have a right to be heard?

    “I don’t like the entire institution of the press and free speech being castigated,” Brian Karem wheedled. “The foundation of a free republic is a free press.”

    The media has reached rock bottom when a porn magazine’s correspondent starts claiming to be foundation of a free republic.

    And when the media enthusiastically agrees.

    The foundation of a free republic is free people. Free people have the right to say what they please. They can do it on social media, at a political protest or in the pages of a newspaper. Freedom doesn’t begin and end with the media cartel. Even though the media cartel would like nothing better.

    “We can’t take the bullying anymore. It’s undermining the fourth estate, it’s undermining the first amendment,” the Playboy correspondent whined elsewhere.

    America isn’t supposed to have a Fourth Estate. That’s France. But that’s what the media is. It’s not a free press. It’s a cartel that leverages control over what was once the free press. Few conservatives are allowed into its ranks. Its partisan mission is to support the left and oppose the right.

    The First Amendment gives the media the freedom to do it. Not the institutional authority.’


    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I used to read Daniel Greenfield every day. I can’t remember why I stopped.

      He is to the right of me but on most major issues we are in close if not in exact agreement.

      I loved this part:

      The media finally found its hero.

      The hero was Brian Karem, the sweaty, surly and unshaven correspondent for Playboy, who whined that Sarah Huckabee -Sanders, the Deputy White House Press Secretary, was “bullying” the abused media.

      Vox dubbed Karem “heroic” for defending “CNN’s honor.” The media’s “honor” has fallen so low that it needs defending by the red light district. If the media’s honor gets any lower, its honor will need an assist from the Mafia, Mexican drug cartels, NAMBLA and the Toxic Waste Association of America.

      Wasn’t one of the things the left most disliked about the cretin from Breitbart, Steve Bannon, the fact that he was sweaty, surly and unshaven? Didn’t they mock his unkept look?

      I’m no fan of the Bannon creep but I do like to point out the hypocrisy.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Wow, if this is he kind of “journalist” lauded by the MSM, that says a lot, doesn’t it? Such a hero for defending poor put upon CNN from that meanie Huckabee Sanders! What a champion whining abt the media being bullied. Please. They need to look in the mirror and listen to (or read) the vitriol they are spewing whether it is the name calling or the complete fabrications of stories they are printing. It is appalling.

      And Greenfield is absolutely right abt them having the FREEDOM to write, but not be a cartel.

      Thanks for this!

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    Cartoonist Dana Summers nails another one.

  8. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    This is absolutely astonishing that the military is now treating transgender soldiers – regardless of any lack of transformation in any way – as the golden children for which everyone else must modify their behavior. Jut mind boggling:

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