[The following was written July 4, 2012]
This is my favorite time of year. And not because I get to laugh at kids thinking they know tactics and strategy in shooters and World of Warcraft. It’s when I get to go back through the news streams for GOOD news from America (in contrast to the “Great Americans” rant from a few weeks ago), put out some good music, and generally loosen up after over a year of ranting. Welcome to the third-annual Blowback 4th of July news-brief. Last year’s brief, Division, was a massive trove of news, music, games, and books. This year is a bit more restrained, but we do have some new stuff to run through.
The Tea Party dominated the headlines last summer. As such, Division had to focus less on the country at large and more on the massive debates, YouTube Townhall videos, and other crap that made the 4th a bizarre turning point in the nation’s history (without a trace of irony). The themes running under Restoration are a bit less political. Themes in this edition include gun rights expanding EVERYWHERE, and the general resurgence of interest in what WAS generally understood to be the foundation of the country (individual freedoms, for example).
As with Division and the original Blowback, we will not focus on the small portion of the country hell-bent on guilt-tripping other Americans into becoming dependent on government. Last year, they made a shitload of noise during the healthcare debate. Now that they are provably losing that debate, they are that much easier to totally ignore, or at the very least ridicule. After all that, I’d like to close with some thoughts on the country as a whole.
Let’s get started.
1.) Generally Speaking. First off, let’s get some of the stuff that doesn’t really fit into any category. And also go back to some Blowback classics from the guilt brigade.
SIRIUSXM 4th of July Broadcast ScheduleBefore the merger, XM was home to the Uncle Sam microchannel. The channel was 3 straight days of music that fit the theme of the holiday. The channel is gone, but for those with SatRad, there’s still quite a bit of stuff.
Thomas Sowell: July 4thThis column starts off “The Fourth of July may be just a holiday for fireworks to some people.” We’ll get to that little factoid when going over stupid people.
Yet there has never been any nation even remotely similar to America. Here’s why. Most revolutions seek to destroy the existing class order and use all-powerful government to mandate an equality of result rather than of opportunity — in the manner of the French Revolution’s slogan of “liberty, equality and fraternity” or the Russian Revolution’s “peace, land and bread.”In contrast, our revolutionaries shouted “Don’t tread on me!” and “Give me liberty or give me death!”
There’s a difference in opinion there somewhere.
The Americans Who Risked EverythingThink of what it meant at the time to declare independence from the sole superpower of the time. The Americans who signed the Declaration of Independence were also signing their own death warrants. This article, written by Rush Limbaugh’s father, takes a look at who those men were as people. They weren’t the insane, fanatical slave-owning, cretins they’re made out to be. Those kinds of people couldn’t write what they did.
AP via Yahoo! News: Never too late: Declaration signers being honored.There were 56 people who signed the Declaration of Independence. Most people only know about 4 of them….and even then they just know their names.
New York Times: In Joplin, MO, a Declaration of EnduranceThe 4th of July, in Joplin. What more could I possibly say?
Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-WingA new study from Harvard suggests that celebrations of independence, freedom, and the Founding are right-wing. This is spun as the political right being “more successful in appropriating American patriotism and its symbols.”
FOX News: Gary SineseThis guy is an original. He’s done everything he can for the military short of actually joining it. You’d never guess the man was a Hollywood actor. He’s too relaxed and grounded. Unlike, say, Alec Baldwin.
Right then, now time for some people who were probably looking to score points with fellow “citizens of the world.”The Progressive (no shit): Put Away The FlagsThis ends with “We need to assert our allegiance to the human race, and not to any one nation.” Got it? Moving on.
Chris Satullo: A not-so-glorious Fourth ‘U.S. atrocities are unworthy of our heritage’Should note that this page from Free Republic is a REPRINT of the original column. The original has been taken down.
2.) Guns ‘n’….well more guns. With the odds and ends covered, let’s get to the meat of the matter, starting with an update on gun rights that are being restored across the nation. We’ll head off criticism with help from the FBI. Let’s start by covering all of the recent gun rights bills that have found themselves becoming law.Buckeye Firearms Association: Gov. Kasich signs Ohio’s Restaurant & Car Carry Rules Fix & Restoration of Rights bills into law.Briefing: Laws allow for firearms to be carried in bars, arenas, and restaurants. Kasich notes that 42 states allow CCW in the aforementioned areas.
It is recommended on this one that you jump to the second gray box. Some truly stupid people.
In other words, Wyoming allows for concealed carry WITHOUT ANY PERMIT WHATSOEVER.
That bill? The Castle Doctrine.
With all of that, Illinois stands alone as the one state to fully ban concealed carry.And in every one of the above articles, the anti-gunners repeat the same talking point. That allowing pro-gun legislation will lead to a Wild-West, “shoot first” mentality. One problem. They are referring to a rise in crime that the FBI says isn’t there.
The restoration of gun rights isn’t over. But, at this rate, it’s very close to being so. The anti-gunners have shown themselves to run purely on emotion, and are unable to debate intellectually. That is a sure sign that they are about to lose this battle.
3.) Brain-trust. Before we go any further, I’d like to ask you something. When (and from whom) did the United States declare its independence?
Obviously, the United States declared independence in from Vietnam in the early 1920s.Time for some Jay Walking!
Look at the 4-minute mark. I didn’t pull that note on Vietnam out of my ass.
The study also showed that half of Americans know we declared independence in 1776.
Townhall: Time’s Orwellian Story on the US Constitution Time Magazine ran a story entitled “Does The Constitution Still Matter.” It was a stupid piece written by someone who was praying that it didn’t. Moving on before I go on a tangent.
4.) Conclusion. Division was written during the climax of the health care debate. The nation was on fire. This edition of Blowback is written during a somewhat calmer time in our nation’s history. The point of tonight’s brief was not to dwell on people like the ones in point three, as they will be the minority in a few years.
Look at what’s happening OUTSIDE Washington. You have states re-asserting their authority (e.g. the TSA patdowns in Texas, and Obamacare in 26 states), you’ve got people going back to the founding documents. (As shown with the gun news, but also look at Libya. What are the points being used to criticize Obama with over Libya? Congress’ Constitutional authority over funding and authorizing wars.) Granted, we’re always going to have idiots (look at some of the classic videos from 2008, but there will be a lot more people to counter it. (Like this guy.) It’s a matter of educating people. It’s no secret that the school system CLEARLY isn’t interested in education (look at point three….look at what happened in Wisconsin.) so it’s up to us to pick up the slack.
One of the things I hate most in the side-streams is a defeatist source of information, such as InfoWars, that paints a fairly grim picture, but doesn’t actually offer any sort of solution short of “well, all we can do is watch it happen” or, worse, proclaim that they are “waiting for” an “inevitable” violent revolt (with no real evidence that such a thing is going to happen). That train of logic collides head on with that’s happening in the real world. We saw it with the Tea Party, we’re seeing it now with the resistance to Obamacare and the TSA patdowns. A lot of people, it seems, aren’t interested in just watching it happen.
I hope you enjoyed the stuff in this year’s brief. Not as big as Division, but I didn’t feel like reusing much material.
I’m off to go play Homefront then watch some fireworks later this evening.
Happy Independence Day.
Over and Out