Celebrating July 4th Properly, Post-4th Thoughts
I did a lot of complaining this year on the State of Utah recent lift of their ban on the private use of aerial fireworks. It, along with the everdepressing show of blind nationalism by everyone, kept me in a rather dreary mood all throughout the holiday (which in Utah, isn't over until after Pioneer Day, the 24th of July). In order to avoid this hard-heartedness next year, I've been thinking of ways that I can celebrate.
This got my thinking about why we celebrate the 4th of July. It's call'd Independence Day for a reason. What happen'd on the 4th of July? 200+ years ago, our American ancestors seced'd from the largest empire in the world, Great Britain. They claim'd their independence from a distant tyrant. So we could celebrate the 4th by studying that seemingly ancient history, OR we could celebrate the 4th by studying modern history. What do I mean by that?
What a better way to celebrate the 4th than by studying the growth and tyranny of the largest empire in the world, the United States?, than by studying the principles of nullification and secession, and how they are at work today, all over the country, and the world? I think that's what I'll do. I'll use this time each year to teach my family the history of the American State, of all the ways it has violat'd it's own Constitution, and violat'd the rights of it's citizens. I'll teach them about nullification, when it's been used successfully, where it's being used today, and where it should be used tomorrow. We'll explore current nullification movements. I'll teach them about secession. About Lincoln's tyranny, and shredding of the Constitution. I'll teach them about modern secessionist movements around the world, like South Sudan, Southern California, and Scotland.
Yes, I think that's how I'll be celebrating the 4th of July each year, in it's proper spirit!