Government "authorized" ways to celebrate your freedoms this 4th of July
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As we go out to celebrate our 232 years of freedom this 4th of July, 2008, let's go over a few things to make your celebration a success.
Do not claim that freedom of speech gives you the right to wear a Tee-shirt that the government doesn't like. They can put you in jail.
Tidy up you house before you leave in case it is searched while you are out. You used to have the right to freedom from search unless a search warrant is issued. Now the police can come into your home, and take whatever they want, and not tell you until 2 weeks later, if they tell you at all. They don't even have to knock on the door before they barge in.
Don't use any illegal fireworks in your 4th Celebration. It is for your own safety. And the founding father's implemented a government to protect you from yourselves. Didn't they? Besides, fireworks are explosive devices and you might be considered a terrorist with weapons of mass destruction. And although the government can't find any in Iraq, you can rest assured they will find them in your car trunk. But don't worry, getting arrested, imprisoned indefinitely without formal charges, and a 5 year wait before the secret tribunal trial per the Patriot Act is a breeze. It's that secret summary execution that should make you nervous.
Make sure you are buckled up in your seat belts, there will be roadblocks and checkpoints to make sure you comply. It is for the children. Have your papers ready as you approach the holiday police checkpoints.
If you are an airline employee, lighten up for the holiday, you can always look for a job tomorrow. Maybe you could transfer over to a Federal Airport Security Screener job. Big demand for those jobs and you don't have to be smart.
If you are a Haliburton employee, then celebrate: You probably have a raise coming from the Iraqi contract windfall.
If celebrating on any public property, make no mention of religious ideals. Government is a god there. You will be apprehended. ALSO, do not hold any religious observances in "your home" without checking with the zoning administration, to see if "your home" is properly zoned for church activities. ALSO by careful not to violate any ordinances against "group assembly". Do not put up any patriotic signs in front of "your home" without checking with the zoning administration, to see if "your home" is properly zoned for billboards.
The term "your home" is used to refer; not only to homes that are rented on a monthly basis, from another subject; but also to homes that are rented on a yearly basis, directly from the government agent, in the property tax division of your county.
If you make any improvements, in preparation for your fully government authorized gathering, make sure that you get permission from the real owner of "your home". The correct government agent, to grant this permission, will be in the "building permits" section.
Don't criticize the President, or other government officials; you might be in violation of the Patriot Act and considered a possible terrorist.
Don't mention the Constitution in any district court, or you could be held in contempt.
If your children get out of line this holiday, do not discipline them, or they may be kidnapped by the Dept. of Social Services and held hostage until you sign a confession, receive approved psychological therapy, and are deemed acceptable.
Show compassion this Independence Day by bringing an illegal immigrant to your celebration, or by hugging a tree.
If an election is occurring in your locality within the next 90 days, do not talk about or publicly support any candidate, as that is no longer lawful. Keep your mouth shut.
If an officer asks to search your vehicle at the "seat belt" checks, do not be belligerent and demand a search warrant. Standing up for your fourth amendment rights is anti-social and not in tune with the new American way. Are you with Al Quada or something?
Do not get upset when the searching officer will not help you pick up your belongings that he has strewn all over the highway as he searched your vehicle. It is not in his job description and complaining will get you charged with obstructing justice.
Keep your guns at home. You are not going hunting and besides, what on earth do guns have to do with American Independence? Better yet, turn your guns into the authorities to let them know that you are a true patriotic American. You still have the right to carry a gun if you have a license, but that will soon be gone if the United Nations passes their measure making carrying a gun illegal.
Better yet, just STAY at home. BUT do not assume that you are safe, because you are at home. If a government bureaucrat shows up at your home, he will probably be flashing a badge at you. This makes him look like a constitutional law enforcement officer. He may even be armed. Do not ask to see a warrant, and then tell him to leave if he does not have one. They will put a siege around your house. If you do not come out soon enough, they may invade, with guns drawn, or even set your house on fire. For more information, do a Google search using keywords like "Symbionese Liberation Army", "Philadelphia MOVE group", "Gordon Kahl", "The Order", "Robert Matthews", "Covenant of the Sword and Arm of the Lord", "Randy Weaver" , "Branch Davidian", or "Elian Gonzalez".
If you are counting on you congressman to protect you, understand that the average congressman is ALSO afraid to resist. For more information, do a Google search using keywords like "George Hansen", "James Traficant" or "Larry McDonald".
You used to have the right to privacy. Now they have cameras everywhere watching you. If celebrating at the mall you are probably safe as the mall is now monitored by hundreds of surveillance cameras, watched by federal security forces. Don't do anything that you wouldn't want them to see.
Bring lots of cash with you, there will be many taxes, fines, and fees to pay as you celebrate your freedoms this day.
Do not leave home without your driver's license, social security card, birth certificate, welfare card, Medicare card, medical records, W-2 Form, and two others forms of ID. You may be asked for them at the police checkpoints. Better yet, get micro-chipped, and avoid the hassle of carrying around your papers. Bring your library card, the FBI may ask you for it.
Do not put any "anti-government" bumper stickers on your car. Especially not anything about the right to keep and bear arms. Police have been trained by the FBI in "bumper sticker profiling". This attracts their attention at the check points, and makes you look like a terrorist.
With regard to "bumper sticker profiling" you should be especially aware of the fact that "They will get my gun, when they pry it from my cold dead fingers" is no longer mere semantics. At WACO, and at RUBY RIDGE, we learned that they WILL kill you to take your guns.
ALSO, be careful not to have any unauthorized THOUGHTS. There are now serious penalties for "thought crime". Be aware that "civil forfeiture" laws make it possible to take anything that you own, by alleging that it was "intended" to be used for the commission of a crime. This could include transporting, or storing, a gun. If "civil forfeiture" proceedings are initiated against you, then you will have the burden of proof, to show that your thoughts were in compliance with government standards.
Get to know some politicians, and bureaucrats, so that you might be able to head off the taking of your private property to be given to private developers for the "public good".
If traveling by air, this Independence Day, do not give the airport screeners a hard time. They are feeling you up, and molesting your daughter, and wife, for the security of America. If you complain you could be arrested. You don't support Osama Bin Laden do you?
Keep an eye on your fellow Americans as you celebrate this 4th of July. If you see anything suspicious, take notes so that when you get home you can call and report them to the Homeland Security Office. And remember you are not a nosey snitch, you are a great American Patriot.
Do not mention the signers of the Declaration of Independence this 4th of July. Mentioning these white subversive terrorists is not popular and could get you in big trouble. Besides what do these guys have to do with the 4th of July anyway?
Do not leave home without one or more little plastic American flags made by political slaves in Communist China. Make sure you have one flying from the antennae of your vehicle. You don't want to seem un-American do you?
Do not take a copy of the Declaration of Independence with you as it advocates the overthrow of tyrannical government. It is a terrorist document and will be confiscated at the holiday police checkpoints. Same advice for the Constitution.
And remember, as you leave home for your 4th of July outing, that the second you stepped out of your door that you probably broke hundreds of federal, state, and local laws that you are probably unaware of. However, if you tow the line, you will not be charged.
If arrested you used to have the right to a jury trial, and to be told what you have done wrong, and appointed council. Now you can be labeled an "enemy combatant" or terrorist, and be placed in jail with no trial, no lawyer, nothing for as long as they want. For more information, do a Google search on "Jose Padilla".
Don't even think about taxes on this great day. The 50 per cent government confiscation of your income at the threat of imprisonment or at the point of a gun should not even cross your mind as you revel in your freedom. After all, April 15th is a long way off. With a little effort, maybe we can get our taxes down to one fourth of our income; like the amount that the feudal serfs paid to their masters.
And whatever you do, do not let on that you really know that true freedom died a long time ago in America, just have fun for the day and then go home and stick your head back in the sand and pretend America is not becoming a fascist police state.
If you have a few decades with nothing better to do, study up on "administrative law". Laws are now made by the unelected bureaucrats, in hundreds of "administrative agencies". If you are charged with violating one of these "laws" you will not get a trial by a jury of your peers. You will be tried by the agency that made the "law" and made the charge against you. If you appeal this "conviction," your appeal will also be heard by the administrative agency that "convicted" you. How likely is it, that they will decide, that they were right?
I hope this message gets past the Department of Home land Insecurity approved internet filter. How else can they protect us from unauthorized thought?
Now go out and celebrate your freedom, and have a great Independence Day!
HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISORY This transmission screened prior to receipt by addressee pursuant to applicable sections of the USA PATRIOT Act. The Patriot Act is constitutionally illegal, but was signed into law takes away your rights and turns them into privileges, which the government can grant or take away at will. If you remember we were told that this would just be temporary. Now it has been made permanent. But no one protested did they?
You used to have the rights to not be spied on by anyone while on the phone or the internet. You also used to have the rights to your bank records being held private. Now the government can just go through your bank record data and monitor your financial transactions without question and without even telling you.
Now go out there and celebrate your freedom, and liberty, and have a great sanitized, politically correct, and government approved and authorized Independence Day!
Do you wish that the government would read the Constitution? Just email it to a few of your friends. The snoops, who are reading your emails, are the ones who need to know what the Constitution says.None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free. Our forefathers are crying. Our forefathers are angry. Our forefathers are loading their muskets and heading for The Green. America........Wake the hell up.
There will be many people coming out to celebrate this July 4th when they should be out protesting the rights they have lost. We need to get those rights back. And for those of you who say "Why should I care I have done nothing wrong." This just shows how much you value your rights! The government loves people like you. They can take away even more of your rights and you will just go along with them without speaking out. You deserve to lose your rights because you didn't appreciate them when you did have them.
Note: No trees were harmed in the sending of this message. No baby seals were harmed in the sending of this message. No whales were harmed in the sending of this message. The sending of this message did not require testing on animals. The sending of this message did not damage the environment. Wishing everyone the best 4th of July ever.
Declaration of Independence Facts
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed "The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America"? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they?
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated.
But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured. Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags. Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Rutledge, and Middleton. At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr, noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt. Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months. John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart. Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.
Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution.
These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: "For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor." They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history books never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn't fight just the British.
We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government! Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't. So,take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.
Remember: Freedom is never free! I hope you will show your support by please sending this to as many people as you can. It's time we get the word out that patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics, fireworks and baseball games.
IS THE FOURTH OF JULY A RUSE FOR “WE THE PEOPLE”? By Joan Veon
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Declaration Of Independence - Audio (NPR Radio Dramatization)
Looking for Liberty
ACCORDING to the film “National Treasure,” the Declaration of Independence is a document of such far-seeing sagacity that it has secret codes and treasure maps hidden in the parchment. You just have to know how to look for them. But that poses the question: which document, precisely, is the Declaration of Independence?
Most of us would answer that it’s the manuscript written on vellum, dated July 4, 1776, now displayed in a baroque case at the National Archives, where it is protected by bulletproof glass, argon gas and the 55-ton underground vault it is lowered into every night. But like everything connected to the Declaration, the situation is complicated, for that document was not written on July 4; it was a handwritten copy that Congress ordered later that summer and post-dated. The version that was in the room as the vote was taken has never been seen since then.
The Declaration originated as a spoken thought, expressed on June 7, 1776, by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia, a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, who moved that “these united colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states.” A written version was produced on June 28, primarily the work of Thomas Jefferson, who left at least seven rough drafts, one found as recently as 1947. On July 2, Congress approved the first paragraph of the Declaration, officially separating from England.
Then, on July 4, the rest of the text was approved. Jefferson claimed that a “fair copy” of the document was in the room that day, and John Hancock possibly signed something, making it legal. If this manuscript still exists, it is the holy grail of American freedom.
That same day, the Congress ordered that the document be distributed — for what is a declaration if no one can see it? Further, they ordered the same committee that had written it to “superintend and correct the press” — in other words, handle the printing job. The assignment was given to a 28-year-old Irish immigrant named John Dunlap, who presumably spent much of the night of July 4 setting type, correcting it and running off broadsides — perhaps 200 in all. There is evidence that it was done quickly, and in excitement — watermarks are reversed, some copies look as if they were folded before the ink could dry and bits of punctuation move around from one copy to another. “We were all in haste,” John Adams later wrote.
It is romantic to think that Benjamin Franklin, the greatest printer of his day, was there in Dunlap’s shop to supervise, and that Jefferson, the nervous author, was also close at hand. If so, the Declaration was not only written by the founders, but perhaps set into type and printed by them as well. In every way they could, these ink-splattered geniuses willed the document — and by extension the republic — into existence. We’ll never know for sure. But as Franklin might have appreciated: print the legend.
Over the next two days, the Dunlap broadsides were sent around the colonies — now states — and to dignitaries like George Washington, who ordered the Declaration read to his troops. A copy was also sent, as it had to be, to England, where the news was received with considerably less enthusiasm. These first printings may look less dramatic than the manuscript we know and love, but they were created closer to the germinal moment than anything known to exist.
So where are the Dunlap broadsides today? At the moment, 25 are known to exist, primarily in museums and libraries in the original 13 colonies. For generations they were static, but that is no longer true. Five have changed hands since 1980, and in 1989, a new Dunlap was discovered in the back of a painting. In 2000 it sold for $8.14 million to a consortium that included the TV producer Norman Lear, who has been sending it around the country.
This has brought the Declaration to some new constituencies, including a recent visit to Las Vegas, where it was displayed at Madame Tussaud’s, near replicas of Elvis Presley, Evel Knievel and Hugh Hefner. Today it is on display in San Diego, before resuming a journey to Houston, Salt Lake City and parts unknown.
Perhaps the Declaration’s travels to unlikely destinations far outside the original jurisdiction of the Continental Congress would have pleased the founders. After all, freedom is something of an act of interpretation, and it is desirable to bring the great charter into contact with as many Americans as possible, so they can contemplate its verities and not-quite-verities.
It would be gratifying to point to a single Declaration and proclaim it the fountainhead of our rights. But to do so would be to assert a truth that is not quite as self-evident as we would like. The Declaration is surely a national treasure — but like many treasures, the quest it inspires may ultimately be more rewarding than the illusion of possession. Perhaps it is safest to say that this precious document, with all its flaws and variants, belongs to an American people not unlike itself.
Ted Widmer, director of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, is the author of “Ark of the Liberties: America and the World.”
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