Video: Schoolhouse Rock’s “No More Kings”

posted at 11:01 am on July 4, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

This flashback to my childhood comes courtesy of Jake Tapper, who tweeted out this old Schoolhouse Rock video from 1975. Even for Schoolhouse Rock, the oversimplifications here are laughable, and the lesson here skips over some important concepts — such as that the conflict originally started over the desire of the colonists to be treated as full British subjects, and that King George III wasn’t sitting on bags of gold but was getting bled dry by the costs of defending the colonies. The story of our independence is a long and fascinating one, but not for any of the reasons offered here. It’s still fun, though, and feel free to blow raspberries at King George all you want:

Andrew Malcolm provides a bit more nuance to the story of independence:

The 1,317 words in this enduring and then-revolutionary statement of principles and universal human rights were largely written by Thomas Jefferson between June 8 and June 28, 1776. The 13 colonies had already been at war with Great Britain for more than a year, with many believing a reconciliation would eventually occur.

But King George III was not into conciliation. Nor allowing colonial representation in London. His new taxes would stand, including punishment for Massachusetts over the Boston Tea Party. And with the world’s most formidable fighting force at his command, few doubted the royal point of view would prevail.

However, a movement for complete separation was quickly gaining momentum within the colonies. In preparation for a formal announcement, Thomas Jefferson was assigned to write a first draft.

No surprise there, as the 33-year-old lawyer had a reputation as an intellectual, a skilled writer, multilingual speaker and staunch democrat. Indeed, it was Jefferson as POTUS No. 3 who introduced the political handshake as a gesture of equality among American citizens. The revered Gen. Washington deemed such common contact beneath the office.

A Renaissance man with flowing red hair, the future diplomat and chief executive set quill to paper and allowed his democratic instincts to flow freely….

Putting their names on that parchment was no small step for these men: “We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.” Military victory was not guaranteed at that time or any time really until after the Battle of Yorktown, more than five long, bloody years later. Nor was the survival of each signer a certainty should the king prevail.

The Declaration has not only served as the ambitious statement of goals of this country ever since, but inspired other nations, including France, where revolution toppled royalty 13 years later. The Declaration also formed the political foundation of future leaders such as Abraham Lincoln.

For this Independence Day, let’s finish with another Schoolhouse Rock video that’s largely been forgotten, even though it more accurately depicts its subject matter. “Three Ring Government” uses a circus to explain the separation of powers, but it’s a dead-on analogy for federal government these days just on the circus reference alone:

Maybe someone should send this primer to the Oval Office, huh?

Happy Independence Day!

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If George III weren’t British, Teh SCOAMT would see him as a role model on how to be a ringmaster.

Steve Eggleston on July 4, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Obama watched this video……. Made him sad.

ThePrez on July 4, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Oh but we do have a king, an African King!!

abobo on July 4, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Nitpick on second video:

Technically, Congress should be mentioned first because it’s Article I. The President is Article II. Can’t necessarily blame them just because the President is the most visible of the three, bu that’s what I’d have done.

BKennedy on July 4, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Cartoon predicts the future 50 years ago.

Flange on July 4, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Oh but we do have a king, an African King!!

abobo on July 4, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Nah, he’s just a Lyin’ King.

Flange on July 4, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Obama watched this video……. Made him sad.

ThePrez on July 4, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Later tomorrow, when he reads your post, he’s going to be madder than hell………

VegasRick on July 4, 2014 at 11:19 AM

First!!!!!

And I LOVED Schoolhouse Rock as a kid! Makes me want to watch a bunch more. Happy 4th everybody!

JinVA on July 4, 2014 at 11:19 AM

I grew up “In the Hills” 2 houses from the author/singer of this, Lynn Ahrens who was my older sisters age and still remember sitting in front of the toob on Saturday mornings being completely blown away that my neighbor’s daughter was singing on tv with all of her Schoolhouse Rock songs.. Her dad, Carroll Siskind was a very respected local photographer and one of the nicest guys in the neighborhood.

UncleOlaf on July 4, 2014 at 11:19 AM

D’oh!!! I wasn’t first! Anyway…

JinVA on July 4, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Nah, he’s just a Lyin’ King.

Flange on July 4, 2014 at 11:17 AM

WINNER!! lol, his new nickname should be Simba!

abobo on July 4, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Oh but we do have a king, an Arab-African King!!

abobo on July 4, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Technically he is an African Arab.

Key West Reader on July 4, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Maybe someone should send this primer to the Oval Office, huh?

The primer would be too complicated for “The Smartest Man in the World” to comprehend.

GarandFan on July 4, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Funny how they made George III to be an angry transvestite. Good times, good times!

Evi L. Bloggerlady on July 4, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Funny how they made George III to be an angry transvestite. Good times, good times!

Evi L. Bloggerlady on July 4, 2014 at 11:28 AM

And now the First Lady is. How times have changed.

Flange on July 4, 2014 at 11:31 AM

If you’ve watched “I’m Just a Bill” recently, you long for the days when it was true.

22044 on July 4, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Let’s compare Jefferson, Washington, Adams and all the founders and what they created with that mental midget Bill Ayers. They created a country that was and still could be exceptional for it’s citizens from all others then and now. Billy boy created a violence prone group of malcontents that destroyed and murders their way into history without changing a thing. Why Kelly decided to interview this putrid little thug is beyond realizing.

Kissmygrits on July 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Thank you. Now to put it on Cable T.V. so our children can understand how America was formed and that P.C.ism has erased that from our kids history books and other documents that outline they are in charge and need to take U.S. back from the liberals.

MSGTAS on July 4, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Let’s compare Jefferson, Washington, Adams and all the founders and what they created with that mental midget Bill Ayers. They created a country that was and still could be exceptional for it’s citizens from all others then and now. Billy boy created a violence prone group of malcontents that destroyed and murders their way into history without changing a thing. Why Kelly decided to interview this putrid little thug is beyond realizing.

Kissmygrits on July 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Ayers is a fair representative of the left and the pathway of “progressivism”.

Happy Independence Day to those who still live the adventure of freedom.

To you lefties, celebrate dependence.

cthemfly on July 4, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Did obama ever watch the one cartoon how laws are created…I’m just a bill. Surely a constitutional scholar should know that. Apparently, not

jaywemm on July 4, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Happy Independence Day to all at Hot Air.

TooTall on July 4, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Happy Independence Day to all at Hot Air.

TooTall on July 4, 2014 at 11:57 AM

…celebrate it!…before it is gone!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 4, 2014 at 12:00 PM

How about a modern adaptation featuring King “O” ?

B4B on July 4, 2014 at 12:04 PM

I’ve been posting this instead of No More Kings.

Trigger Warning: Pursuit of Happiness

malclave on July 4, 2014 at 12:10 PM

John Knox Witherspoon, a Presbyterian, was the only clergyman to sign the Declaration of Independence.

John the Libertarian on July 4, 2014 at 12:14 PM

love it

rob verdi on July 4, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Watching these movies is kind of Nostalgic. It reminds me of a day when we had a functioning republic. Now the three ring circus is an apt description, with a clown as the ring leader, keeping all the rights away from the little people

Brock Robamney on July 4, 2014 at 12:23 PM

John Hancock did not sign the Constitution. Obama doesn’t follow the Constitution. Coincidence? Hmmm.

Brock Robamney on July 4, 2014 at 12:26 PM

What you did there…

I saw it.

I used to love those things as a kid…everyone did.

Wondering why the don’t show things like Schoolhouse Rock anymore…

Or just why they don’t just show IT…They’re still great.

BigWyo on July 4, 2014 at 12:26 PM

That ‘no more kings’ thing was the wacky idea of just a bunch of old dead white men, some of whom were slave owners.

So there is no reason nowadays for a President to pay any attention to the documents they wrote.

s1im on July 4, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Happy Independence Day, everyone.

BTW, Our settlers and colonists were not immigrants. Just an FYI for those who didn’t know.

dogsoldier on July 4, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Cartoon predicts the future 50 years ago.

Flange on July 4, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Holy Moses….

ISM!!

That there was amazing….Holy Moses…..

Y’all should watch this…

BigWyo on July 4, 2014 at 12:43 PM

I just came back from town. I wanted to see a couple of things they were doing for the celebration and take pictures. A high school girl sang the National Anthem – without music. Considering how hard a song it is she had a lot of courage to do it. Then the retired history teacher and local history expert read the Declaration. The tent was full and everybody listened quietly except for the little kids. They applauded for a long time. I didn’t stay for the Little Miss Liberty contest although the little girls were cute dressed in patriotic outfits.

crankyoldlady on July 4, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Notice how they didn’t show the white people murdering the noble savages.

BigWyo on July 4, 2014 at 12:44 PM

And to all who would rather have dependence than liberty:

If ye love security better than liberty,
the tranquility of servitude
better than the animating contest of freedom,
go home from us in peace.
We ask not your counsels or your votes.
Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.
May your chains set lightly upon you,
and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.

My apologies to Mr Adams for the slight editing.

GWB on July 4, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Yes, the Schoolhouse Rock vid was and is bad history (hint: Virginia was the origin of the colonies and U.S., not Massachusetts). But they are pretty catchy and fun.

AngusMc on July 4, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Funny how they made George III to be an angry transvestite. Good times, good times! Evi L. Bloggerlady on July 4, 2014 at 11:28 AM

So ol’ George coulda qualified to be First Lady?

Akzed on July 4, 2014 at 1:01 PM

BigWyo on July 4, 2014 at 12:43 PM

The guy on his porch cracks me up, “Where’s your warrant flat foot?”

Flange on July 4, 2014 at 1:03 PM

As bad as the history in the SR vid(s) might be, it’s a damn sight better than what’s going on in public schools.

Midas on July 4, 2014 at 1:04 PM

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, a sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

Feel free to add. Perfect day to do so.

wolly4321 on July 4, 2014 at 1:05 PM

The guy on his porch cracks me up, “Where’s your warrant flat foot?”

Flange on July 4, 2014 at 1:03 PM

The whole ‘ISM’ thing is just creepy….

BigWyo on July 4, 2014 at 1:09 PM

The whole ‘ISM’ thing is just creepy….

BigWyo on July 4, 2014 at 1:09 PM

It sure is. Welcome to the State Union member 1313.

Flange on July 4, 2014 at 1:13 PM

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

I live in AZ. SB1070.

You see what’s going on now?

We are being over run. Invaded. Overwhelmed.

wolly4321 on July 4, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Watching these movies is kind of Nostalgic. It reminds me of a day when we had a functioning republic. Now the three ring circus is an apt description, with a clown as the ring leader, keeping all the rights away from the little people

Brock Robamney on July 4, 2014 at 12:23 PM

I’d have to somewhat disagree. The corruption of our system dates back before even 1975. Nixon was just another big government tyrant that increased the size of government – created the EPA and signed affirmative action into law. Let’s not forget he was just another liar like LBJ, JFK, Ike, Truman, FDR and the list goes on. Even Lincoln betrayed the idea of that a free person(s) should be able to govern themselves. The Declaration of Independence was about succe$$en from a central power – Lincoln went to war to stop it. Although the civil war is now claimed to be about slavery which it wasn’t at the time.

MoreLiberty on July 4, 2014 at 1:15 PM

As we all come together to celebrate Blind Loyalty Day (aka Independence Day) can we stop, think and ask the question “Independence from what?” The Federal government taxes and regulates its citizens far more than King George III ever did or even could imagine. For example, when Jefferson wrote that King George “sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance” there were less than 1000 of these officers dispersed throughout the colonies. Today, there are 16000 IRS agents just to enforce Obamacare alone. It’s ironic that we would be far more free under a hereditary Christian monarchy than we are under democracy, where citizens are permitted to vote an income for themselves at the expense of others. So while you eating your burgers, watching fireworks, and waving your flags, ask yourself “independence from what?”

antifederalist on July 4, 2014 at 1:22 PM

I live in AZ. SB1070.

You see what’s going on now?

We are being over run. Invaded. Overwhelmed.

wolly4321 on July 4, 2014 at 1:15 PM

True. Additionally I think the gross power grab and unchecked action of names less bureaucrats is noting short of utter corruption and unconstitutional. Bureaucrats think they are above the law.

MoreLiberty on July 4, 2014 at 1:23 PM

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only

He has a pen and a phone.

wolly4321 on July 4, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Holy Moses….

ISM!!

That there was amazing….Holy Moses…..

Y’all should watch this…

BigWyo on July 4, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Yes, it’s a great message. I first saw it on a black & white television — in a place we called “America.”

Lolo on July 4, 2014 at 1:24 PM

antifederalist on July 4, 2014 at 1:22 PM

I celebrate Independence Day because it is about secce$$ion from tyrannical central government. I don’t celebrate apple pie or our government – I celebrate the fact that a bunch men from some backwater colony decided to say screw you. Succe$$ion is a just and morally right action men should take. Of course it’s viewed as extremism today…even though today is about secce$$ion.

MoreLiberty on July 4, 2014 at 1:27 PM

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness of his invasions on the rights of the people.

He rails against House republicans, no?

wolly4321 on July 4, 2014 at 1:30 PM

For this Independence Day, let’s finish with another Schoolhouse Rock video that’s largely been forgotten, even though it more accurately depicts its subject matter

Especially the part where Congress arrives via the clown car.

Happy Nomad on July 4, 2014 at 1:36 PM

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

Why, yea… they do that. Gangs of this and that.

Although it’s even worse than we know.

By the time we find out, it’s too late.

wolly4321 on July 4, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Considering how hard a song it is

crankyoldlady on July 4, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Dagnabit! It is not a hard song to sing! The tune is a friggin’ pub song! If a bunch of drunken farmers could sing it, it ain’t hard! Yes, there’s a version with lots of BS vibrato and real high notes and crap – but that’s for showboaters and divas.

Go on, sing it for yourself! Out loud! Right now. Go on! You’ll see, it isn’t hard. Now that you’ve done it once, do it again, but with real confidence! That’s it! Yeah!

Now that you’ve got some blood flowing and some confidence, sing the fourth verse with me:

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Singing the National Anthem isn’t any harder than freedom. There are those who will sell you a bill of goods about how hard it is to sing, and they will also try to tell you how hard freedom is:
“Why, just look at all those poor people! What has freedom gotten them but a hard life and misery? Come on, we should all pitch in and take care of them so nobody will ever suffer again. All you have to do is give your freedom to the government and we’ll take care of it for you. Go on, it’s a lot easier than that hard thing called ‘liberty’.”

If you want to remember the taste of freedom today, sing the Star Spangled Banner. Sing it loud and proud and to hell with whether or not you can carry a tune! Sing it because you mean it! Sing it because you love it! Sing it because it makes your heart leap for joy when you think of this incredible nation of ours! Go on, you CAN do it!

GWB on July 4, 2014 at 1:42 PM

opposing with manly firmness

He rails against House republicans, no?

wolly4321 on July 4, 2014 at 1:30 PM

I’m thinking I can count on the fingers of one hand the Republicans that oppose any tyranny with “manly firmness”.

GWB on July 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

DHS is stockpiling hollowpoints. That ain’t Geneva convention ammo.

wolly4321 on July 4, 2014 at 1:49 PM

I’m thinking I can count on the fingers of one hand the Republicans that oppose any tyranny with “manly firmness”. GWB on July 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM

I wonder why? Some do.

Why don’t we have more Ghomerts?

wolly4321 on July 4, 2014 at 1:55 PM

I’m thinking I can count on the fingers of one hand the Republicans that oppose any tyranny with “manly firmness”.

GWB on July 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM

I’m thinking the ones with the most manly firmness tend to be the females. Cue the Jodi Ernst campaign ad. Squeal

Happy Nomad on July 4, 2014 at 1:56 PM

I celebrate Independence Day because it is about secce$$ion from tyrannical central government. I don’t celebrate apple pie or our government – I celebrate the fact that a bunch men from some backwater colony decided to say screw you. Succe$$ion is a just and morally right action men should take. Of course it’s viewed as extremism today…even though today is about secce$$ion.
MoreLiberty on July 4, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Nothing wrong with that at all. But it makes no sense for people to celebrate Independence from the Crown while pledging undying loyalty to the tyrannical government in DC. Most conservatives see s3ceding from the Federal government as sinful but celebrate the s3cession from the far, far, far less tyrannical government at Buckingham Palace.

antifederalist on July 4, 2014 at 1:59 PM

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

Agenda 21.

wolly4321 on July 4, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Nothing wrong with that at all. But it makes no sense for people to celebrate Independence from the Crown while pledging undying loyalty to the tyrannical government in DC. Most conservatives see s3ceding from the Federal government as sinful but celebrate the s3cession from the far, far, far less tyrannical government at Buckingham Palace.

antifederalist on July 4, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Great points my friend. I agree 100%’ although I can’t really say how life was under the Red Coats but I agree with the premise. Succe$$ion is the ultimate action taking by men who want to be free and/or break their ties with the central government. I have no love for DC, regardless of which party is in control because the US government gets bigger and more powerful with each President.

MoreLiberty on July 4, 2014 at 2:10 PM

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

MS-13. Hoardes of illegals.

wolly4321 on July 4, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Today Schoolhouse Rock would be pulled off the air for being raysiss or something.

Smegley on July 4, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Happy Independence Day!

God Bless this great Nation.

(And free us from Tyranny)

workingclass artist on July 4, 2014 at 2:23 PM

(And free us from Tyranny)

workingclass artist on July 4, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Deliver us from evil!

abobo on July 4, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Today Schoolhouse Rock would be pulled off the air for being raysiss or something.

Smegley on July 4, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Nah, they’d just update the agenda from history, government, and English (remember Conjunction Junction?….. and a whole lot of people just thought What’s your function).

We’d have-

Pedro the undocumented migrant having live in the shadows until the President brings him amnesty.

Ray and Barry the gays who just want to get married and live like normal people.

And, of course, Julia who has to go to battle with a rusty piece of angle iron to get her contraception which being held hostage by a horde of Romney look-alikes in a back alley.

Happy Nomad on July 4, 2014 at 2:34 PM

(And free us from Tyranny)

workingclass artist on July 4, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Sic semper evello mortem tyrannis

Happy Nomad on July 4, 2014 at 2:36 PM

If you want to remember the taste of freedom today, sing the Star Spangled Banner. Sing it loud and proud and to hell with whether or not you can carry a tune! Sing it because you mean it! Sing it because you love it! Sing it because it makes your heart leap for joy when you think of this incredible nation of ours! Go on, you CAN do it!

GWB on July 4, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Best post of the day! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
I love this country, I’m grateful to be an American citizen, I came here at age 6, I will always be grateful for my American step-dad for bringing my mom and me to America from Canada. I proudly raised my right hand and pledged my allegiance to this country at age 15. Finally , I was a real American!
Yes, be proud and sing it loud!

Bakokitty on July 4, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Agenda 21.

wolly4321 on July 4, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Not to mention the FEMA death camps.

AngusMc on July 4, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Not to mention the FEMA death camps. AngusMc on July 4, 2014 at 2:42 PM

You know who Sylvia Burwell is, right?

She loves fences, barricades, and such.

We joke about it, but it’s happening.

wolly4321 on July 4, 2014 at 2:51 PM

In the spirit of the day, may I suggest this vintage patriotic cartoon? They don’t make ‘em like this any more:

Porky takes a nap after refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Uncle Sam comes to him in his dreams and explains to him what the Pledge of Allegiance realistically means, and how it honors those who gave their life for the nation. Porky Pig then sees the error of his ways.

Paul_in_NJ on July 4, 2014 at 3:21 PM

If George III [hadn't been] British…

Steve Eggleston on July 4, 2014 at 11:09 AM

He wasn’t. He was from the House of Hanover – a German, brought up far from the tradition of the Magna Charta, who used his Hessian troops to get the North American Englishmen back into submission.

Tzetzes on July 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Go out and do this - nothing better than this to celebrate Independence Day, or after.

Schadenfreude on July 4, 2014 at 4:37 PM

King George III wasn’t sitting on bags of gold but was getting bled dry by the costs of defending the colonies.

Thank you for pointing out this largely ignored truth.
The British were not the pure evil monsters that Mel Gibson portrayed in The Patriot.
They were just trying to preserve their union, much like Lincoln wanted to do in the 1860s.
Obviously, taxation without representation was wrong, & the Revolutionary War was King George’s consequence.

itsnotaboutme on July 4, 2014 at 4:56 PM

I remember these, too.

But you manage to put a wet blanket on both classics.

Thanks Ed.

Sherman1864 on July 4, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Thank you for pointing out this largely ignored truth.

The British were not the pure evil monsters that Mel Gibson portrayed in The Patriot.

They were just trying to preserve their union, much like Lincoln wanted to do in the 1860s.

Obviously, taxation without representation was wrong, & the Revolutionary War was King George’s consequence.

itsnotaboutme on July 4, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Wow! I weep for anybody who thinks you have a grasp on history.

First, you are right that the British didn’t understand what the problem was. The American colonists were not being taxed nearly as heavily as their fellow citizens “back home.” But that ignores the fact that the real issue was not taxation without representation but greater autonomy and relief from trade laws meant to benefit London trading houses.

Secondly, The Patriot was telling a story based on real atrocities that took place in South Carolina during the Revolution. Some of the British were monsters.

Third, the concept of “preserving the union” was an alien idea for both sides of the Revolution. Empires are not unions. The Declaration of Independence was not a document spelling out why North America wanted to leave the British Empire. It laid out the case why a peoples’ God-given rights entitled them to dissolve man-made relationships with tyrants.

Finally, conflict between England and their North American colonies was inevitable. One claimed all the political power while the other provided the bulk of wealth and resources. Had the empire survived intact, it is entirely probable that the capital of the United Kingdom would ultimately have been in North America.

Happy Nomad on July 4, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Man, we have a lot of “experts” on this thread.

At least these classics celebrated our independence and unique system of checks and balances:

Something Obama never understood.

Sherman1864 on July 4, 2014 at 5:53 PM

God bless America.

My take.

kingsjester on July 4, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Man, we have a lot of “experts” on this thread.

At least these classics celebrated our independence and unique system of checks and balances:

Something Obama never understood.

Sherman1864 on July 4, 2014 at 5:53 PM

I think it is probably a perspective that only Americans can understand.

Happy Nomad on July 4, 2014 at 5:59 PM

As our enemies, both foreign and domestic, have discovered since the birth of our nation, Americans will fight for our freedom. And we shall prove it again, this coming November, with an electoral explosion of nuclear magnitude, which shall make November 2010 seem like a firecracker in comparison.

It wouldn’t be the first time that Americans have launched an electoral surprise. Jimmy Carter’s quick caving on election night in 1980 comes to mind because nobody was giving it to Reagan by wide margins. I do think that this mid-term election offers the same kind of potential. When the LIV’s start paying attention in August, IMO, things are going to be even worse than they are now.

Happy Nomad on July 4, 2014 at 6:06 PM

What July Fourth Means to Me
Ronald Reagan

…There is a legend about the day of our nation’s birth in the little hall in Philadelphia, a day on which debate had raged for hours. The men gathered there were honorable men hard – pressed by a king who had flouted the very laws they were willing to obey. Even so, to sign the Declaration of Independence was such an irretrievable act that the walls resounded with the words “treason, the gallows, the headsman’s ax,” and the issue remained in doubt.

The legend says that at that point a man rose and spoke. He is described as not a young man, but one who had to summon all his energy for an impassioned plea. He cited the grievances that had brought them to this moment and finally, his voice falling, he said, “They may turn every tree into a gallows, every hole into a grave, and yet the words of that parchment can never die. To the mechanic in the workshop, they will speak hope; to the slave in the mines, freedom. Sign that parchment. Sign if the next moment the noose is around your neck, for that parchment will be the textbook of freedom, the Bible of the rights of man forever. ”

He fell back exhausted. The 56 delegates, swept up by his eloquence, rushed forward and signed that document destined to be as immortal as a work of man can be. When they turned to t hank him for his timely oratory, he was not to be found, nor could any be found who knew who he was or how he had come in or gone out through the locked and guarded doors.

Well, that is the legend — but we do know for certain that 56 men, a little band so unique we have never seen their like since, had pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor.

What manner of men were they? Twenty – four were lawyers and jurists, 11 were merchants and tradesmen, and nine were farmers. They were soft – spoken men of means and education; they were not an unwashed rabble. They had achieved security but valued freedom more. Their stories have not been told nearly enough.

John Hart was driven from the side of his desperately ill wife. For more than a year , he lived in the forest and in caves before he returned to find his wife dead, his children vanished, his property destroyed. He died of exhaustion and a broken heart.

Carter Braxton of Virginia lost all his ships, sold his home to pay his debts, and died in rags. And so it was with Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Walton, Gwinnett, Rutledge, Morris, Livingston , and Middleton.

Nelson personally urged Washington to fire on his home and destroy it when it became the headquarters for General Cornwallis. Nelson died bankrupt.

But they sired a nation that grew from sea to shining sea. Five million farms, quiet villages, cities that never sleep, 3 million square miles of forest, field, mountain and desert, 227 million people with a pedigree that includes the bloodlines of all the world. In recent years, however, I’ve come to think of that day as more than just the birthday of a nation. It also commemorates the only true philosophical revolution in all history.

Oh, there have been revolutions before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of rules for another. Ours was a revolution that changed the very concept of government.

Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God – given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people.

We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should.

Happy Fourth of July.

INC on July 4, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Sherman1864 on July 4, 2014 at 5:50 PM

The posts today in general are a wet blanket on the Fourth of July. We have to countermand that in the comments.

INC on July 4, 2014 at 6:18 PM

The posts today in general are a wet blanket on the Fourth of July. We have to countermand that in the comments.

INC on July 4, 2014 at 6:18 PM

We are not a joyous nation this year.

We have a growing refugee crisis that our rat-eared tyrant is completely ignoring as he naturalizes illegals who managed to join the military. It will be tougher for him to do so when third world disease begins to create pandemics in cities far away from the borders.

July 4th this year is nothing more than an affirmation that this nation is far bigger and better than the view a filthy stupid rat-eared tyrant has of us and our place in the world.

Happy Nomad on July 4, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Huh?

What oversimplifications?

Hey, if we keep focusing on the nuances, the Left is going to crush us with brutal focus as they stay in touch with their inner Nazi.

* “One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them.”

* “If the battle for civilization comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians, the barbarians are going to win.”

– Thomas Sowell

KirknBurker on July 4, 2014 at 6:54 PM

“No More Kings” sounds like a great slogan for a protest sign next time you’re in DC.

PattyJ on July 4, 2014 at 6:59 PM

If you’ve watched “I’m Just a Bill” recently, you long for the days when it was true.

22044 on July 4, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Don’t even get me started on that little punk.

Every federal government piece of $%^&$#%^ started with him.

I say we kidnap him and he is never found again. “Oh Yah!”

KirknBurker on July 4, 2014 at 7:02 PM

When the pandemic hits and people who cannot afford the deductibles on their insurance plus the many insured people who can afford the deductibles find there are no available doctors to see, not only will everyone turn against 0, but also 0-care. And, with the lack of personnel to really evaluate the health of all incoming illegals, everything should be happening by the time the next presidential election takes place. Not going to be a happy place and more especially unhappy for any democrat.

Oleta on July 4, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Thank you for pointing out this largely ignored truth.

The British were not the pure evil monsters that Mel Gibson portrayed in The Patriot.

They were just trying to preserve their union, much like Lincoln wanted to do in the 1860s.

Obviously, taxation without representation was wrong, & the Revolutionary War was King George’s consequence.

itsnotaboutme on July 4, 2014 at 4:56 PM

And also, when the British soldiers jumped into the water and walked across the Atlantic Ocean…that’s total bull$hit.

BigWyo on July 5, 2014 at 12:31 AM

Happy Nomad on July 4, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Much ado about nothing.

Of course taxation without representation was a major issue. That phrase was used by some of the Founders. I agree that greater autonomy and relief from punitive trade laws were also major issues.

I used the phrase “preserving the union” because it was indeed similar to the way Lincoln acted. No, they didn’t refer to the Empire as a union. Whatever. An empire is a union of territories.

I agree fully with your last paragraph. It’s not clear why you included it a a corrective rant against my post.

itsnotaboutme on July 5, 2014 at 12:32 AM

BigWyo on July 5, 2014 at 12:31 AM

It’s total poopoo, huh? :)

Please supply the correction.

itsnotaboutme on July 5, 2014 at 12:35 AM

The British were not the pure evil monsters that Mel Gibson portrayed in The Patriot.

They were just trying to preserve their union, much like Lincoln wanted to do in the 1860s.

Obviously, taxation without representation was wrong, & the Revolutionary War was King George’s consequence.

itsnotaboutme on July 4, 2014 at 4:56 PM

The Patriot was telling a story based on real atrocities that took place in South Carolina during the Revolution. Some of the British were monsters.

Happy Nomad on July 4, 2014 at 5:50 PM

According to Wiki:

Professor Mark Glancy, film historian at the University of London: “It’s horrendously inaccurate and attributes crimes committed by the Nazis in the 1940s to the British in the 1770s.”

Critic Roger Ebert: “None of it has much to do with the historical reality of the Revolutionary War”.

itsnotaboutme on July 5, 2014 at 12:45 AM

Please supply the correction.

itsnotaboutme on July 5, 2014 at 12:35 AM

It’s a fu#*ng cartoon that a lot of people loved back in the day.

Eat a bag of $($)s.

BigWyo on July 5, 2014 at 12:56 AM

They were just trying to preserve their union, much like Lincoln wanted to do in the 1860s.

itsnotaboutme on July 4, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Lincoln was a disaster. He could’ve avoided war a dozen times over. British soldiers were barging into civilian residences, illegally searching and seizing, eating their food, taking their provisions and sleeping with their wives and daughters. Hence the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Amendments.

John the Libertarian on July 5, 2014 at 1:34 AM

Please supply the correction.

itsnotaboutme on July 5, 2014 at 12:35 AM

It’s a _______ cartoon that a lot of people loved back in the day.

Eat a bag of $($)s.

BigWyo on July 5, 2014 at 12:56 AM

I was agreeing with Ed Morrissey.
Did you tell him to “eat a bag of $($)s”?

itsnotaboutme on July 5, 2014 at 2:40 AM

Itsnotaboutme ..

Why does roger Elbert’s opinion have any relevance whatsoever?

Arssanguinus on July 5, 2014 at 6:50 AM

British soldiers were barging into civilian residences, illegally searching and seizing, eating their food, taking their provisions and sleeping with their wives and daughters. Hence the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Amendments.

John the Libertarian on July 5, 2014 at 1:34 AM

American GIs have done similar things.
My point was that the scale of atrocities British officers were supposedly committing (according to Gibson’s film) was unrealistic.
For example, burning a hundred men, women, & children to death inside of a church building.
It didn’t happen.

itsnotaboutme on July 6, 2014 at 5:31 AM