Once a year Americans tend to wrap themselves in the flag, in a drunken stupor to shout about their nationalistic bias. This disingenuous ritual seeks to compensate for the other 364 days of unmitigated ignorance and apathy.
I’ve been less than joyous these past 4ths, since 9/11 of 2001 anyway. Lies became normalized, Big Lies, the kind that Hitler regularly gushed. War is not peace. Violations of the Constitution are not justice. Unaccountable power is not democracy. Pull your collective heads out of your collective asses.
The 4th makes much of the Declaration of Independence. If anyone bothered to read about the “long train of abuses and usurpations” they’d find unavoidable parallels in Washington DC today. But that’s too obvious a point for me to make today.
Read this. Know it. Understand it. Fight for it:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Those few words are the only thing standing between you, your family, and a hellfire missile, a militarized drone, a SWAT raid and murder spree, torture and execution.
Oh – and guess what?
They’ve already been ignored and US citizens have been murdered by hellfire missiles and SWAT police raids on their homes. The right to peaceably assemble was erased when Obama’s FBI coordinated the nationwide assault on the Occupy movement. Journalists like James Risen are locked up in prison for publishing the truth. The 4th Amendment is secretly skirted by NSA total surveillance of digital communications. Numerous officially-sanctioned torture crimes go unpunished to this day.
Tyranny is not very far away. And fat, stupid imbeciles will be no match for an organized assault on their liberty. Wake the fuck up. Why would you need to be told to wake the fuck up? Did they not teach you any history at all? Did you think it wasn’t real? Do you not understand oppression and war at all?
My readers are probably much better informed than the average shlub, I know. Sorry. Go poke a shlub this Independence Day. Poke em in their beer gut.
A first-time director, no money, no air conditioning and a captivating story that I’d been hoping would show up–I don’t actually look forward to much from the movie business these days.
Sadistic elite depravity and the corruption of money keep two down on their luck guys enthralled by the prospect of easy riches. Not so easy it turns out. The puppetmasters sink their hooks into the two, and it becomes increasingly harder for them to wriggle out from their machinations.
A socio-political undercurrent grounds this black grindhouse comedy. With very little in resources, the crew managed to score a diabolical win and thrill them at last year’s festivals. Cheap Thrills showed up at the big red neighborhood boxes, and it’s sure to cut a little deeper than the competition. So bon appetit.
4.5 / 5
Fascistic ag-gag laws are criminalizing photography. The corruption stinks as bad as these waste pools the factory farms fill.
The idea that the richest man in America can purchase and–working closely with the U.S. Department of Education–impose new and untested academic standards on the nation’s public schools is a national scandal. A Congressional investigation is warranted.
The Gates Foundation – aka the personal foundation of a current Microsoft board member – is being permitted to promote Common Core on PBS at the very moment Microsoft is building parts of its business around the Common Core.
Accountability is for the little people, like your kids. Not for billionaires.