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July 2, 2009
It's been a tradition of mine, lo these past few years, and I certainly feel no shame about it. After all, July 4, 1776 , was a unique and very limited event. A group of 56 men, incensed by the tyranny of King George III in Great Britain , declared the land and inhabitants therein of 13 colonies, free from this regent's control.
There's a bit of trouble with that. It doesn't matter whether you think their action was a good, bad, or indifferent thing ' they had no business doing it for anyone other than themselves. It was entirely outside the realm of legitimacy for them to make such a decision on everyone's behalf. Even a cursory examination of Lysander Spooner's 'No Treason IV: The Constitution of No Authority' will demonstrate that conclusively.
There's more: After fomenting a bloody eight-year violent revolutionary civil war in order to back up and realize that stance (another interesting tract to explore is Charles King Whipple's 'Evils of the Revolutionary War,' written in 1842), this same cadre of self-appointed determiners of American destiny saw nothing wrong with then establishing a government to replace the shackles of the old one which had just been thrown off. This act of arrogant foolhardiness, we now know, was nothing shy of the gravest possible error; a cardinal sin. One look around you says it all.
And today, Americans are still shallow enough to celebrate 'Independence Day.' Having long since seen through this thin veil of deception, I no longer give the 4th any special significance. Here are some suggestions of things to do while boycotting the whole mindless affair:
Don't spend much time thinking about government and politics beyond this, though. The object is to ignore the whole thing, and have fun: