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July 4 Open Thread

Unless the urge gets too great, I will not be publishing today, other than the Obama weekly address below. So if you would like to publish, please go ahead.

A very happy July 4th to everyone. America is faced with great challenges, but America must not despair. And today, let’s celebrate our great country!

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73 Responses to July 4 Open Thread

  1. May you have a wonderful Independence Day, Keith. All the best to you, your family, and to all the wonderful and witty posters here at White House Dossier. Party on!

    • Well stated I’mNoDhimmi!
      Everyone on the east coast be careful as well dealing with the storm, and the aftermath of the storm.

      • I know I am geezing, but when you woke up on the Fourth when I was young, you could hear firecrackers popping off i n the neighborhood–it was always a little rush. Last nite, we had a dust storm–yellow sky–but it wasn’t the same. Remember the Jean Shepherd story about the “Dago Bomb” an Italian guy in his neighborhood used to set off on the Fourth–hilarious, look it up. Now, you can’t say Dago. Well, I just did.

        • Are you in the Phoenix area, Star? I just saw something on Fox about a dust storm there. Think I’ll throw some hot dogs on the grill tonight before heading out to watch fireworks. Happy Independence Day, everyone. God bless America.

        • It’s ok to geez. It is permitted to bring back memories. ;+]. Jean Shepherd–the best story teller of all, no doubt. He had a place (I think it was just a summer residence), not far from me (in Maine), on Belgrade Lake. I seem to remember he was a ham radio operator, as well.

        • Ah! Jean Shepherd! I listened to him every night on WOR NY. He was the best! And to top it off, there was Long John Nebel right after him! Awesome!

  2. Happy Independence Day everyone!!! Enjoy the day with family and friends, or what every you do today, make it a fun one and remember what our country’s foundation is based upon and what our founding fathers hoped to achieve for future generations.

  3. Some good articles out there today: Peggy Noonan on Obama via WSJ or RealClearPolitics, Sen. Jeff Sessions on amnesty in NRO, and a story on CNN, of all places, about a Border Patrol agent breaking the gag rule. I’d like to think that next Independence Day we will have put some of this behind us, and I don’t know if we can last long enough for two more July 4ths under Obama. Enjoy the 4th but don’t let down your guard.

      • I didn’t know that, but many times I don’t care for Purple Peggy who gets carried away by her own prose. This particular article is a good indictment of Obama though.

        • Yes. And/but besides that, she’s just a really good writer – we don’t see many of them these days. She was a Reagan speechwriter.
          The o’s speechwriters (sorry, Valjar’s) are lousy writers. Among other things, they seem to have absolutely no knowledge of history, American or otherwise, near-past or past-past. They seem to get any useful history they need by googling it.
          Sorry – off on my own rant here. But I do like a good writer. Noonan is a good writer, in spite of her heart being in the wrong place earlier. I would like to think it isn’t as damaging as I’m afraid it is.
          It’s tempting to burn at the stake every fool who was taken in by this fool in Armani clothing (all my relatives, prob my kids). AAARRRGGGH.
          Note to self: rethink.
          Probably inexcusable rant.

        • Julie — I saw this and thought you might appreciate it. It pretty much affirms SportinLife10’s point.

          On Obama

          ” … he shows good judgment in terms of whom to hire and consult, what steps to take and moves to make.” – Peggy Noonan 2008

    • I don’t know about the rest of you, but in my neighborhood, you can pretty well tell who are the Republicans: they display the flag.

        • Yes. And/but besides that, she’s just a really good writer – we don’t see many of them these days. She was a Reagan speechwriter.
          The o’s speechwriters (sorry, Valjar’s) are lousy writers. Among other things, they seem to have absolutely no knowledge of history, American or otherwise, near-past or past-past. They seem to get any useful history they need by googling it.
          Sorry – off on my own rant here. But I do like a good writer. Noonan is a good writer, in spite of her heart being in the wrong place earlier. I would like to think it isn’t as damaging as I’m afraid it is.
          It’s tempting to burn at the stake every fool who was taken in by this fool in Armani clothing (all my relatives, prob my kids). AAARRRGGGH.
          Note to self: rethink.
          Probably inexcusable rant.

    • Thanks Cisco for the clip.
      I ran to the store earlier. I was so tempted to ask different individuals if they were paying attention. They all had their baskets full of charcoal, drinks, meat, buns. They had their small children next to that basket. I wanted to ask them, I see you are celebrating today, but do you think your children will be able to do the same thing in the future?
      Here I go again, another moment I was to chicken. Several years ago there was no fear. That tells me day after day, something is wrong when I am to afraid to speak.

      • I understand Lee, there aren’t many receptive “ears” any more.
        Offer a little debate or difference of opinion, I’m meet with the standard Reid, Obama, Pelosi , et al.
        “Oh, you must be a Republican”
        “You must be racist if you don’t like basketball”
        “You don’t like Obama because he’s black”
        When I hear that one, rascal that I am, I respond, no, like his black half, it’s the white half I don’t like”
        Not many laughs on the one.

        • Thanks CiscoKid. LOL to the 1/2 W. issue. I will keep that in mind.
          By the way. I can also treasure and remember all the Fourth of July barbacue my family had on both sides.
          Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters.
          Boy were there some politcal discussions from time to time back than. That is in between the fun and laughter.
          Again: Happy Fourth to everyone.
          Keith, Thanks again for WHD.

    • Absolutely Marcus ! I don’t know about anyone else out there, but when you do read the Constitution slowly with appropriate pauses, if it doesn’t put a lump in your throat…well I just don’t know.
      I read a quote somewhere, cannot recall where, but it was “Freedom is never more cherished than by those who have lost it “

      • I like Franklin’s response to a woman who asked him what the Founders had given ius: “A Republic, is you can keep it.” There is a world of tyrants, inside and outside our Republic, that don’t want us to keep it.

      • The sentence in the Declaration that stands out for me, relative to your point, is—-

        ” A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”

  4. Schedule Update: On Tuesday of next week, the President will welcome the winner of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog eating contest, Joey Chestnut, to the White House in recognition of his eight consecutive 4th of July, Coney Island conquest.

  5. We fought a war against tyrannical and over reaching big government. And we established a great nation where individual rights and responsibility were the bedrock. And we have fought to keep that, sometimes at great costs, both here today and abroad. And as a wiser American than I said, the other day, You are an American, you don’t have the choice to quit. And so, we don’t.

    We are exceptional because we fought for the individual against the government overreach beyond its duty as our public servant.

    Our freedoms must be protected and we need a stable world to survive and not threaten us. So we fight — sometimes questionable wars — often clouded by geopolitics. But today and during our Revolutionary War brave men and women fight and fought for our independence and for a world free from the threat of tyranny.

    Lately it has become popular to question our role in the world — and the Iraq War has become our whipping boy. Brave men and women fought there for us and for the freedoms of others. But mostly for us and our security in a stable world where we have standing. And it is always the brave men and women of the military who protect us and who should be thanked and celebrated daily. Not the questionables who are more concerned with themselves than their country and who some people now seem to celebrate over those who stood and the country for which they stood.

    So here is a tale of two brave Americans in an unpopular war who did not hesitate to defend and fight for us and others. They were exceptional men fighting for an exceptional country that was founded so that men and women could be free — not to heel on demand.

    http://www.earlytorise.com/the-story-of-two-marines-in-the-path-of-a-truck-bomb/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+earlytorise%2FqjYL+%28Early+To+Rise%29

    My rant. But hey — free speech! :)

    • Took a little while to read the entire article, got some “sand” in my eyes.
      Heartbreaking story. Six seconds, only six seconds of life left for these young men, yet they stood their ground and didn’t abandon their post. Two things ran thru my mind when I finished the account. I think it was after the battle of Iwo Jima, or some other hellish island the Marines fought on, that there, “uncommon valor was common”. So too for these two Marines.
      Also these few words of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address…”they gave that last full measure of devotion”. To their Country, their Corps and each other.

      • No, not Reagan. A gentleman on another blog I go to. Just one of those guys who goes to the core. Happy 4th — glad you got a chance to see America. I haven’t seen it yet.

  6. Happy Independence Day everyone. My husband loved this holiday and what it meant to fight for America. I pray that we remain that strong nation and are not destroyed from within….

  7. It ain’t over till it’s over, but we had a very special Independence Day. This afternoon we went to see Dinesh D’Souza’s America. If he’s not a genius, he’s at least an exceptionally creative person. And there was so much American history in it that I wasn’t even aware of. It was sad, though, because it was shown in one of the smaller auditoriums, and when the lights came on, I saw that the half filled space was all older people like myself. How are we going to get the truth out to the younger generation?

    It was especially nice because we got to see it free thanks to the capitalist system. Last winter Regal Crown Theater sent us five free passes because they had taken too long to answer us on the phone or computer (I forget which.) Anyway, they very much wanted to keep us as satisfied customers.

    • Julie, we watched America with about 60 other oldsters, but we took a 19 y/o and he was really fired up after he saw it. If we all take a young person each time to events like this we will make a dent over time.

  8. Watching a,Capitol Fourth on PBS…….which has become an annual event for my wife. Thinking of past visits to DC. We visited DC for the Bicentennial Celebration in 1976 when I was 12. They shut the city down for 3 days. We walked everywhere. Stayed across from the Watergate Hotel in a Howard Johnson’s (I think it was the one Forrest Gump called the police about the lights being out,LOL). The air and space museum had just opened on time and under budget. You could barely sit on the mall for the fireworks.

    The best time I had in DC was a long weekend between the two Government shutdowns during the Clinton Administration. We tried to get WH passes but it was closed for XMas decorating by Martha Stewart. Our congressman staffer apologized for not being able to get passes and invited us to visit their office. Congress was not in session so we did not get to meet Representative Linder. It was a Friday afternoon, the one staffer said let’s take you on a tour of the Capitol. We assumed she was taking us to a place where they take you on a tour. She grabbed her badge and took us on a personal tour of each chamber (sat in Teddy Kennedy’s chair in Senate, LOL). We went into original Supreme Court and Library of Congress. We ended up n the West End of the Capitol as the Sun was starting to set over the National Mall. It was a very patriotic afternoon for us.

    That was until 2 days later…….we went to mass at the National Shrine at Catholic University afterwards we went Arlington Cemetary for the afternoon. Wow……..we walked Arlington by ourselves for hours. The military and national heroes interned there is amazing. Every time we turned a corner, we met a hero from American History looking down on Washington,DC.

    We weren’t just Proud to be American’s we were Honored.