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AdLib On July - 4 - 2012

236 years ago today, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress…after defeating an amendment to name the new country, “Cool Dude Nation”.

In this era of hyper-partisanship and corporate-owned politicians, it may seem almost surreal to think back to the founding of America and the shared goals Americans shared then…though I’m sure there must have been some Earl Grey Tea Party members who insisted that all regulations against England dominating America should be removed and freedom will trickle down to Americans.

So today, we celebrate our nation’s independence from the domination of the greedy, religiously-driven, war loving,  super-wealthy and anti-democratic tyrants. Good thing that’s all behind us now!

Share your thoughts, quotes, graphics, videos and/or music that celebrate independence, freedom and America!

Liberty is Too Precious a Thing – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

All Men Are Created Equal – To Kill a Mocking Bird

America – Simon and Garfunkel

American Girl – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

American Woman – Lenny Kravitz

American Idiot – Green Day

Rocking in the Free World – Neil Young

Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. SueInCa says:

    Did everyone hear about San Diego’s fireworks? It was the beginning and the finale in one fell swoop. that is what happens when a county turns republican, the f-ups start.

  2. choicelady says:

    AdLib -- Lovely post. However, in the interests of historical accuracy, I must assert that it was originally debated that we would be called Ye Olde Cool Dude Nation.

    Fidelity to fact is the essence of intellect.

    Otherwise, excellent way to celebrate the day!

  3. bito says:

    The President Delivers Remarks at Independence Day Celebration

  4. AlphaBitch says:

    Bruce Springsteen, followed by the man himself, Woody Guthrie: This Land is Your Land. Dedicated to my children throughout this tough old world.

    • AdLib says:

      Perfect picks, AB! Big faves of mine! Thanks!

      • AlphaBitch says:

        What I love is Bruce’s comment: [I don’t know if this song is true anymore]…but I know that it ought to be.

        Amen to that, and I forgive you, Bruce, for cancelling that concert in Austin in the 70s and costing me the $20 ticket (which was 1/3 of my food budget for the whole month) since I couldn’t get back to go get a refund a few weeks later. I never forgave you for that, but I do now. -- AB

  5. foodchain says:

    I am thankful for freedom from speech—-from all the HP FOX etc. speech that harms us all. And I am thankful for this, for planetpov and it’s quality of information, compassion and kinship!

    I’m just busy right noe but appreciate beinghere. KABoom, Starburst, Sparklers!!

  6. Kalima says:

    A little late but just wanted to say HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY to everyone at The Planet, and to Americans who remember the true meaning of this day. Those who try to strive for it and maintain it through words or actions all over the world.

    • AdLib says:

      Thanks so much Kalima!

      Reading the comments and watching the videos posted here today, it is gratifying to know that many here really cherish the freedom, conscience and independence that America represents…and want to see that fully restored.

    • kesmarn says:

      Thank you so much, Kalima! Hope the day was a peaceful one for you.

      This day has always been a bit vexed for me, if I’m really honest. I do love this country a great deal, but I worry when I see the amount of gushing sentimentality that some folks indulge in on days like his, at the same time that they fiercely resist any actual sacrifice for their country. They don’t want to pay taxes. They don’t want their children to fight the wars they advocate. They don’t want to be responsible for the poor, the elderly, the ill. They don’t even want to drive a vehicle that doesn’t consume huge amounts of gas.

      Sentiment without sacrifice. That’s patriotism RW-style.

      That said, like you, I admire Americans — like our president — who remember the true meaning of this day.

      • foodchain says:

        Kes, so true, but it’s people like Obama (and people here) that demonstrate just why we need to keep “fighting”. I’m on my husband about the “silent majority” that go on every day doing their best without complaint. If only these good men and women would stand up and leave the bleating RW in the dust!

        • kesmarn says:

          You said it, fc! This country has millions of decent people who work hard and deserve better than what Mitt and his cronies are trying to sell them.

    • bito says:

      Hello Kalima, so very nice to see you. Democracy can be messy and it does at times take daily vigilance to maintain some type of balance.
      Hope your day was kind to you, you deserve it.

  7. bito says:

    Independence Day Celebration from the White House--Live

    ) no-repeat; padding-top:13px; height:30px; float:left;”>JOIN THE LIVE CHAT


  8. bito says:

    America the Beautiful

    Musician Keb Mo recently visited the White House and performed his bluesy rendition of “America the Beautiful” in the East Reception Room. Enjoy some great scenes of America and the President set to this classic song in celebration of Independence Day.

    • bito says:

      To get you in the mood for tonight.
      4th of July at the White House 2011

      You can watch the concert beginning tonight, just after 8:00 on WhiteHouse.gov/live, and if you stick around, you’ll get a great view of the National Mall fireworks show — from the South Lawn of the White House.

  9. bito says:

    Happy Birthday to Malia Obama!

  10. AdLib says:

    This speech by Chaplin at the end of The Great Dictator still resonates, arguing for freedom, independence and the need for people to come together for the greater good of their shared humanity.

    Finale Speech -- The Great Dictator

    I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an Emperor -- that’s not my business -- I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that.

    We all want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for everyone.

    The way of life can be free and beautiful.

    But we have lost the way.

    Greed has poisoned men’s souls -- has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.

    We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in: machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little: More than machinery we need humanity; More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.

    The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me I say “Do not despair”.

    The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress: the hate of men will pass and dictators die and the power they took from the people, will return to the people and so long as men die [now] liberty will never perish…

    Soldiers -- don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you -- who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel, who drill you, diet you, treat you as cattle, as cannon fodder.

    Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts. You are not machines. You are not cattle. You are men. You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t hate -- only the unloved hate. Only the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers -- don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty.

    In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written ” the kingdom of God is within man ” -- not one man, nor a group of men -- but in all men -- in you, the people.

    You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy let’s use that power -- let us all unite.

    Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age and security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie. They do not fulfill their promise, they never will. Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

    Soldiers -- in the name of democracy, let us all unite!”

    • choicelady says:

      …and THAT got him on the Black List for a time.

      The Right hates democracy. Never can figure out how they say the Pledge -- “liberty and justice for all” -- when they detest that very principle.

      Oh, well. They’re still Americans so I guess they can think what they please. They just can’t DO what they please as a result of what they think if said actions do harm, violate the Constitution, and erode other people’s rights.

      Independence Day is about liberation NOT just from England but from tyranny of thought, word, and deed.

      • AdLib says:

        Hey Choicelady, indeed, Chaplin’s liberal views and strong opinions that the U.S. should join the fight against Hitler in WW II when the nation was still hiding its isolationist head in the sand.

        The U.S. government, especially Hoover turned against him during the McCarthy period. From Wikipedia:

        During the era of McCarthyism, Chaplin was accused of “un-American activities” as a suspected communist. J. Edgar Hoover, who had instructed the FBI to keep extensive secret files on him, tried to end his United States residency.

        FBI pressure on Chaplin grew after his 1942 campaign for a second European front in the war and reached a critical level in the late 1940s, when Congressional figures threatened to call him as a witness in hearings.


        I’m a big fan of Chaplin, he was an extraordinary artist and had a powerful social conscience. He had many failings, including his penchant for very young women, a massive and temperamental ego and he was a difficult-to-work-with perfectionist.

        The RW does indeed have its greatest similarity to the very forces we fought against to win our independence (as a satirized in the article).

        Religious dictatorship, domination of the wealthy over those who aren’t in their class, anti-democratic views…just how different is the desired government of the Repubs from America’s pre-revolutionary domination by England’s theocracy?

        Indeed, Independence is needed from domestic tyrants as well.

        • SueInCa says:

          That is funny Adlib I just wrote a comment to CL on the OT thread about this very same isolationism of Americans during the rise of Hitler. The only thing I can say for the US is that FDR did have a battle plan and it ultimately was the right course but I don’t think America can ever pat themselves on the back for liberating the concentration camps in 1945. A few million Jews could have used that liberation as early as 1939.

          It is estimated that there were 11 million jews in all of Europe(including eastern). How hard could it have been for the nations of the world to provide safe passage to them if they wanted it? If the world had done that in 1939 to 1942 they could have saved millions. But everyone closed their borders and reduced their intake of immigrants in order to look the other way.

    • foodchain says:

      Ad, and as he pointed out the polarities then, we still seem to have some majority that want to abandon thought and reach for a future we idealize or a past still caught in fondness (no matter how evil). How do we move forward when some want a cosmic shift and others want a returto “safety”? It seems our paradox

      • AdLib says:

        Foodchain, it helps to confirm that it is an eternal battle between those who embody the best of mankind and those who embody the worst of it. A yin and yang that must exist.

        The mistake that “the good guys” have made throughout history is that there is such a thing as a final victory over “the bad guys”. Had Liberals not declared victory in the 1970’s and moved on to chilling out and welcoming the Yuppie rewards for their previous labors, the RW might not have taken over to the degree they did and we might be in a far better country and economy today.

        At least, now we know. Each generation has to pass the torch to the next, we continue to do what we can but must recruit the next generation into the fray.

        As Neil Young said, Rust Never Sleeps. And neither can we.

  11. bito says:

    AdLib, You mention “shared goals” and with that comes shared responsibilities.
    While in the New England colonies the beginnings of the War for Independence” had already started other colonies were still debating, including Virginia. It took Patrick Henry’s fiery, inspirational speeches to convince the assembly that they did indeed have shared goals. Who hasn’t heard his famous line “Give me Liberty or Give me Death!”
    It not only inspired the Virginians then but it inspires some now with their “Don’t Tread on Me” slogans
    As we have learned, after his barn burning speech, Virginia joind the war with the rest of the colonies. A “Shared Goal!” A common good.

    The next order of business the assembly took up was raising funds(taxes) to pay for the shared goal. Shared Sacrifice

    • AdLib says:

      So true, Bito. Sharing goals means sharing the sacrifices needed to reach those goals. No goal worth achieving comes without sacrifice, that is the lie that the Repubs and Romney try to sell America and unfortunately succeed in some cases.

      Romney and the GOP tell the public that they can have all the benefits of the ACA without any sacrifice. The GOP and Bush sold America on being able to fight two wars and have a trillion dollar pharmaceutical plan without making any sacrifice.

      People need to figure this out for themselves but it wouldn’t hurt to have a re-elected Obama give a fiery speech about the need for sacrifice to make this a better country for future generations.

      • foodchain says:

        bito,adlib, as a fellow once said,”Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country”. It seems that we have demanders and secessionists, each wantingwhat they want with little concern or regard for another opinion.

        • AdLib says:

          So true, FC, hate to throw around this charge but the current GOP is about as anti-American as it has ever been.

          Their opposition to sacrifice and the public welfare could come from a traitor’s/saboteur’s handbook on how to undermine and disintegrate American society and democracy.

  12. AdLib says:

    Free Fallin’ -- Tom Petty

    I’m Free -- Rolling Stones

  13. Jimi Hendrick’s Star Spangled Banner;

  14. From the HBO series, John Adams;

  15. AdLib says:

    American Pie -- Don McLean

    In America -- West Side Story

  16. The Who--I’m Free;

    Kind of ironic to post a song celebrating the 4th of July, written and sung by a brit! Don’t ya just love irony!

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