Special thanks to all the American soldiers here on SI. May you enjoy our nation's birthday in peace with your loved ones. Same to the rest of you!
THESE COLORS DON'T RUN
A lil something for the kids here on this fine weekend of Patriotic pride:
"Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
True that. Since the last Independence Day, it's been a gauntlet for the Northeast. God Bless the Union, and the rest of the contiguous (and you too, Hawaii, Alaska, PR, Guam, the Northern Marianas, American Samoa and the Virgin Islands).
Everybody have a fun, safe and happy 4th? Hoping yous guys all did. Thanks again to our veterans past and present. Some great weather here in the northeast that you should all be enjoying with the family and friends. Brought to you courtesy of the red, white and blue.
let us not forget why we celebrate this day. it is celebrated because of our freedom over a tyrannical government.
don't spout your "i'm anti-American" freedom rants on me either. my grandfather stormed Normandy Beach in WWII, my father fought in the Vietnam War, and my brother is currently a Sgt. in the U.S. Marine Corp and has done 3 tours in Afghanistan fighting Al-Qaeda while our gov. arms Al-Qaeda in Syria.
here is a little refresher on the document and its meaning for this day of celebration. as Americans it's our duty to honor this document.
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 shown, 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