DiLorenzo on Independence Day


Hell, I need to read something to get me out of this foul, cynical mood:

“The Fourth of July was not always a national celebration of the militarization of American society and of the federal government’s never-ending quest for world domination (disguised as “defending our interests abroad”). Americans did not always attend church services on the Sunday before the Fourth of July to “honor” their “military heroes” and pray that they may kill many more human beings in other countries that have done them no harm. Americans once actually read and understood the Declaration of Independence for what it was: a declaration of secession from the British empire and a roadmap for opposing a highly centralized, militaristic empire of the sort the U.S. government has become.

The Declaration of Independence was the ultimate secessionist or states’ rights document. “Governments are instituted among men,” Thomas Jefferson wrote, for the sole purpose of securing God-given, “unalienable” rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Moreover, governments derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed” and nowhere else. And “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 . . .”

It was Abraham Lincoln, who Murray Rothbard once described as a masterful “liar, conniver, and manipulator,” whose rhetoric began to fog the understanding of Americans of their Declaration of Independence. Lincoln’s twisted language in The Gettysburg Address that focused solely on the words “all men are created equal” in the Declaration, were designed to reinterpret the preeminent secessionist document as an anti-secessionist document. It was an attempt to fool Northern voters into believing in the absurd notion that he was a Jeffersonian.”

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  1. Cooked some steaks and enjoyed some English ale import for independence day. How’s that for irony?

  2. Be careful. You might upset some folks by the mention of Father Abraham as a masterful “liar, conniver, and manipulator,” and suggesting that anyone could fool Northern voters. They won. That makes them right.

    Besides, the whole war was fought just so they could ship the nogs back to Africa.
    Too bad the ignorant Southerner John Wilkes Booth had to mess it all up and shoot the “Great Emancipator.” He sank all the boats they were going to use just before he shot our bestest President ever, too.

    If we had only learned to pick our own cotton none of this would have happened.

    Feeling stronger every day now that I have my mind right about these things.

    Deo Vindice

  3. This should cheer you up.


    Hollywood reaches the bottom of the barrel. Who’d a thunk it would happen this summer? I would have thought they had at least a few more layers of shit to claw through on their way down. Oh well. At least they have the “Dark Knight” to save them from a “summer of ruin”.

  4. The sheeple only remember “All men are created equal”, and can’t even remember whether it was the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. They don’t consider that it was written in the context of British citizenry and applied to British, white men only. They don’t consider the deep respect the founders had for British heritage. They believed the Constitutional Monarchy was the most time-honored, proven way to establish long term liberty. They hated democracy.

    I’m still in awe of how the Hell we fell this far in a relatively short 200 plus years.

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