WASHINGTON. In a letter to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776, founding father John Adams said our nation’s birth was worthy of celebration. That pride in America is worth celebrating. That on the Fourth of July there should be “games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward, forevermore.”
“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.
“You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. — I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. — Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”
But not everyone in America is so disposed.
According to the Gallup organization American Pride Hits New Low; Few Proud of Political System:
“As Americans prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, their pride in the US has hit its lowest point since Gallup’s first measurement in 2001. While 70% of US adults overall say they are proud to be Americans, this includes fewer than half (45%) who are ‘extremely’ proud, marking the second consecutive year that this reading is below the majority level. Democrats continue to lag far behind Republicans in expressing extreme pride in the US.”
Many political analysts suggest this displeasure with America hints at an impending second civil war. Last March, the Washington Post’s Greg Jaffe (In America, talk turns to something not spoken of for 150 years: Civil war) compares the “hyperbolic talk of civil war” to our nation’s
“hyper-partisan atmosphere and a cable news arms race in which commentators feel compelled to amp up the rhetoric to be heard when everyone, including the president and Congress, seem to be shouting all the time.”
But Gallup then focuses in on the source of these rebellious rumblings:
“The latest overall declines in patriotism are largely driven by Democrats, whose self-reported pride has historically been lower and has fluctuated more than Republicans’. Democrats’ latest 22% extreme pride reading is the group’s lowest in Gallup’s 19 years of measurement and is half of what it was several months before Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory.”
In other words, Republicans’ love of country rests on the nation’s foundational principles of individual liberty under law, regardless of which political party holds sway in Washington.
Democrats are enamored exclusively by power.
The Trump/Russia collusion hoax, coupled with the constant talk of impeachment by Capitol Hill Democrats, expresses their organized “resistance” to our Constitution’s ordered transfer of power.
It also signals their distaste for those whose “consent” mandated that shift in power. The folks the big loser of 2016, Hillary Clinton, dubbed the “basket of deplorables” … a.k.a., “We the People.”
The last time Democrats were so profoundly traumatized by the election of a Republican president was in 1860.
Days after Abraham Lincoln won the White House, an editorial in Georgia’s Daily Constitution noted:
“Not even the banner of the stars and stripes excites the same thrill of patriotic emotion, alike in the heart of northern Republican and the southern Secessionist. The former looks upon the flag as blurred by the stain of African slavery, for which he feels responsible as long as that flag waves over it, and that it is his duty to humanity and religion to obliterate the stigma. The latter looks upon it as the emblem of a gigantic power, soon to pass into the hands of that sworn enemy, and knows that African slavery, though panoplied by the Federal Constitution, is doomed to a war of extermination. All the powers of a Government which has so long sheltered it will be turned to its destruction. The only hope for its preservation, therefore, is out of the Union.”
And so, America has come full circle.
The issue of contention is whether, as Lincoln stated so many years ago,
the nation remains “half slave and half free.”
Democrats have evolved, expanding their party’s traditional authoritarian inclinations beyond chattel slavery based on race, to one that seeks a vastly more expansive hegemony over every American life.
Whether it’s by means of government-run health care or climate-change regulations that govern our economic lives and movements by land, sea, and air, readying the chains of absolute control is an old and singular Democratic Party ambition.
One that sees a logical end to Democrats past devotion to slavery and demeaning Jim Crow in Bernie Sanders’ red, white, and blue caricature of Venezuelan socialism. By way of Russian Marxism.
This is real and far more dangerous meddling by Russia in American politics.
“Whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle,” – Abraham Lincoln.
On this Fourth of July, we celebrate the 243rd birthday of the United States. Those whose pride in their country still burns brightly should never forget that the struggle against tyranny is never-ending.
“Tyranny,” said patriot Thomas Paine, “like hell, is not easily conquered.”
It is poignant, therefore, that the first stanza of our national anthem ends with a question:
“O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”
The answer will come from those whose love of country compels them to remain a part of the fight. The fight to preserve the essence of American exceptionalism. Individual liberty.
God bless the United States of America and happy Fourth of July.
Top Image: Betsy Ross presents the US flag to George Washington. Painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris.