Happy Fourth!

Here we are again: Independence Day!

The future of the Republic is perhaps more uncertain than it has been at any time since the Civil War. To quote one insightful observer:

More than at any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.

That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy ourselves in the meanwhile, though. Our annual parade here in Wellfleet was, comfortingly, just the same as always: everything a small-town Independence Day celebration ought to be.

Raise a glass to the great American experiment; let us hope it can still be saved.


  1. Sorry to be a ‘party-pooper’ but this article from The American Spectator should ruin your day. Might be best to save it for tomorrow!


    Posted July 4, 2016 at 1:41 pm | Permalink
  2. Duff,

    Property, religion, marriage: Robert Owen’s unholy trinity.

    The stoic socialist called for no less than a “revolution” to deliver mankind from “this hydra of evils.” He told his socialist colonists that the Declaration of Independence had been but a precursor on the arduous road to securing their “mental liberty,” their freedom of the mind. He gave a cursory nod to “Washington, Franklin, [TheBig]Henry, and the other worthies.” […] They might have been enlightened men, but they were not enlightened enough.
    [My emphasis — TBH]

    The socialists/leftists, especially the stoic ones, are never satisfied.

    Posted July 4, 2016 at 2:22 pm | Permalink
  3. Malcolm says


    Today’s Americans, awash in a font of secular ignorance provided by a rudderless education system that aggressively undermines everything the founders imagined, blithely reject the timeless Judeo-Christian principles and natural law upon which the founders established a great nation. They merrily redefine everything from marriage to gender to whether or not life itself is even deemed “life” worthy of protection under the Constitution devised by the American founders.

    In a shrill echo of Robert Owen, the modern spirit that prevails in America today is one where absolutist appeals to private property, religion, and marriage are deemed irrational at best. Ask the bakers or florists or photographers who, in the name of their religion, plead with the state not to be forced to service a same-sex wedding that they believe violates their faith. Ask Melissa and Aaron Klein in Oregon, who lost their business and are being crushed personally and financially for asking a lesbian couple to please go elsewhere for a wedding cake. The left is more than happy to shut them down and destroy their livelihood and lives. Conscientious objectors are cretins in the left’s Brave New World of fundamental transformation. They are bullied by the forces of “tolerance” and “diversity” who deem their views unacceptable and intolerable in the New America.

    Nice passage. I’d never read this Paul Kengor before, but he seems to be a fine, amaroidal polemicist. (And he’s 100% right about the state of the nation, of course.)

    But I refuse to be grumpy on such a splendid summer day! Tomorrow, perhaps.

    Posted July 4, 2016 at 3:06 pm | Permalink
  4. JK says

    As I’m unable to recreate the stupendous show I had up for the neighborhood last evening … how’s about the internet equivalent of fuzing?


    Happy Fourth!

    (C’mon Malcolm. You know how entertained we all are when you post what you’ve got in the mail.)

    Posted July 4, 2016 at 5:22 pm | Permalink
  5. Kevin Kim says

    Hope it was a good’n.

    Posted July 5, 2016 at 1:29 am | Permalink
  6. Whitewall says

    To me, all the national 4th activities seemed like going through the motions. America knows that things are wrong and we are living under a massive betrayal. Reading around the bloggosphere over the weekend, it became more clear just how much a body blow the Brexit vote was to the “progressive” world view. There needs to be more body blows like it from every direction without let up. Meantime, this is timely–http://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2016/07/04/you-owe-them-nothing–not-respect-not-loyalty-not-obedience-n2186865

    Absolutely nothing.

    Posted July 5, 2016 at 9:02 am | Permalink
  7. JK says

    “To me, all the national 4th activities seemed like going through the motions.”

    Yes Whitewall all the national, tho’ I’m generally inclined that the local (where observed) pockets of celebration were genuine.



    Posted July 5, 2016 at 10:29 am | Permalink
  8. Whitewall says

    I guess the “tarmac meeting” was the tip off. She skates for now. Justice is persistent.

    Posted July 5, 2016 at 12:41 pm | Permalink
  9. This morning I went online as I usually do with my first cup of coffee. Just as I clicked on my news bookmark, the thought crossed my mind, “Well, what new atrocity do we have today?”

    And there it was:


    Gee, what a surprise.

    Posted July 5, 2016 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

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