Happy Independence Day USA!

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    Just A Few Important Words About The 'Declaration Of Independence'


    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/07/04/419243874/just-a-few-important-words-about-the-declaration-of-independence
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    Stravinsky’s Illegal “Star Spangled Banner” Arrangement
    http://timothyjuddviolin.com/2015/07/stravinskys-illegal-star-spangled-banner-arrangement/
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    Jul 04, 2015 5:43 PM GMT
    Thanks, metta. I like to read the Declaration to myself on this day, as I did this morning. Along with the Preamble to the Constitution.

    Professor Lucas brings out some interesting points. Here are some others I was taught myself.

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

    The phrase "self-evident" was used because there were no objective proofs, nor a strong basis in English Common Law, that all men were indeed equal. And so this is a kind of cop-out, basically: "We all know this is true, because we know it's true. It'll be up to someone else to prove that it's not true."

    One of my professors believed colonial contemporaries would have interpreted "all men" as being "all ENGLISHmen". But perhaps Jefferson and the other authors working with him intended it to mean the universality of Man, yet content for the sake of harmony and approval to let the other delegates interpret it as they wished.

    Another term here is "their Creator". Not God, not Our Lord. The Creator could be whatever "they" imagined it to be, without mention of any established theology or organized religion. Something today's Christian fundamentalists try to gloss over in using our founding documents to support their narrow, Christian-centric view of the USA.

    I believe all of human history is filled with incredible accomplishments - contrary to popular belief that everything of intelligence was created in our own lifetimes. I have only to listen to the musical brilliance of Mozart or Haydn from this same colonial era, unsurpassed to this day, to know that gifted people have lived throughout history.

    And that's how I view the Declaration and US Constitution: works of incredible beauty, and daring & innovative genius that stand the test of time.
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    Metta8,

    This is very insensitive and a display of bigotry and racism on your part. You conveniently ignore the fact that there are now millions of UNcut men in the USA, mostly thanks to President Obama's "open borders" illegal immigration policies.

    Your photo screams "white privilege" and makes the assumption that a circumcised penis is "American." It is not. It is WHITE American.

    Very disappointed in your total insensitivity.


    LOL! Still, how can I ever eat a hot dog again?
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    Jul 04, 2015 5:54 PM GMT
    And yet among all this happy talk and celebration, I'm reminded of an apocryphal story regarding another document, our Constitution.

    While delegates worked in secret in Philadelphia writing it, to replace the original Articles of Confederation that had proven inadequate to govern the new nation, crowds had been pressing around the delegates' hall. They were eager to learn what kind of government was being devised for them.

    Finally the delegates emerged, and a man approached Benjamin Franklin.

    "Dr. Franklin, what have you given us?"

    "A republic - if you can keep it."

    An answer & challenge I think we need to never forget, even today.
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    Jul 04, 2015 6:52 PM GMT
    Happy independance day to everyone in USA!
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    Jul 04, 2015 7:07 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    metta8 said10420139_917807594911345_122369480848208


    Metta8,

    This is very insensitive and a display of bigotry and racism on your part. You conveniently ignore the fact that there are now millions of UNcut men in the USA, mostly thanks to President Obama's "open borders" illegal immigration policies.

    Your photo screams "white privilege" and makes the assumption that a circumcised penis is "American." It is not. It is WHITE American.

    Very disappointed in your total insensitivity.




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    Jul 04, 2015 7:20 PM GMT
    My 4th of July celebration...
    Happy Independence day to all my american friends

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    Jul 04, 2015 8:12 PM GMT
    Congratulations! You`ve come a long way since 1776!
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    Same to you!! Did you finish eating all your penis cake?

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    Dyslexia is awesome.

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    Jul 05, 2015 6:03 AM GMT
    It's a great holiday, but at this time I'd like to just sleep without loud firework noises in my neighborhood. icon_sad.gif
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