Saturday, July 04, 2009

Fourth of July Thoughts

First, Happy Fourth of July to all!

Lance Burri at TrogloPundits notes some pomposity (and I join in). While it is important to understand the underpinnings of our liberty here is what one of those at the founding of our nation had to say about the Fourth of July:
I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.
Source: Assorted Quotes and Notes in Honor of Our Nation’s Independence Day

Then Jonah Goldberg notes this pomposity:
Joe Ellis states:
Why, then, did July 4 become the preferred date for our annual celebration? Well, although nothing momentous occurred on that day, it was the day when the American public first learned about the Declaration. Copies began to appear in newspapers and go up on tavern walls, although in fact it took several weeks for the news to reach all precincts up and down the coast. The deeper truth is that the declaring of American independence was a drawn-out process without a clear-cut crescendo moment. July 4 was an arbitrary choice, but the new nation needed a birthday, and it made as much historical sense as several other alternatives.
Source: The Daily Beast (Joseph Ellis) — Why the Fourth Is a Fraud
Even by Joe's admission July 4 is "...the day when the American public first leaned about the Declaration." and do not forget, the British Colonialists too. In addition looking at the document, we see: (Adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776).

If the founders wrote and signed the document on June 28 or whenever and never released the document it would not have been monumental. If Joe is arguing that we should all take holiday from June 28 through July 21 then I guess I am okay, but if we did just that, then Joe would argue the Declaration is not worth celebrating.

Joe, you are overthinking it and while you may impress others most people will never ever hear of you. They'll be around their grills with their family and friends, taking in parades, watching fireworks, having cold ones. Relax & chill would you?