Our Annual, Brief Holiday Reminder

July 3, 2014

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IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:
Column 1
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

Column 2
North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

Column 3
John Hancock
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Column 4
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

Column 5
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

Column 6
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton


43 Responses to “Our Annual, Brief Holiday Reminder”

  1. Paladin Says:

    Dear Rebel,

    A timely reminder.

    Long May You Ride,


  2. Road Whore Says:

    Thank you Rebel.

    Let Freedom ring!

    Ride Free

  3. jj solari Says:

    that long list of offenses is actually exceeded by DC – the entity someone put in place to replace england. that turned out to be a really bad idea.

  4. Nags Says:

    May we all safely enjoy what little freedom we have left and celebrate the principles this great country was built on. Also a big thank you to all those who’ve served past and present to try to protect those principles and freedoms.

  5. RtC Says:

    THANK YOU Rebel, for that. The whole of America needs to read this & wake
    up. F’n Obama’s name could be put in where it says HE!
    I second what Nags wrote.
    RESPECTS to the REAL

  6. Nags Says:

    Hopefully we can all safely celebrate the few freedoms we have left and the principles that this great country was founded upon. Also a heart felt thank you to all those who served our country past and present to protect those freedoms and principals.

  7. Paladin Says:

    jj solari,

    Obviously; you are displeased with the above posted document, as you profess to be with the Constitution and its Bill of Rights. At one time or another, you have taken every opportunity to disparaged them all.

    Perhaps you’d like to take a moment from your busy schedule and offer up a suggested set of documents to take the place of the one’s mentioned above, or do you think all of the previously mentioned documents unnecessary, having been a total waste of time?


  8. RtC Says:

    REALLY, solari! Either put up or shut up! I served to defend those pieces
    of paper, what the fuck have you done but piss & moan about them?!
    As Paladin suggested, let’s see some of your ideas. Of course they will
    just be as old & tired as the rest of your writings. You fuckin’ bore me
    to death.
    RESPECTS to the REAL

  9. sherides Says:

    Have a Safe and Happy 4th Everyone!


  10. Ol'LadyRider Says:

    Our Founding Fathers, though immersed in a culture quite different than today’s America, were not vague about what they expected from government and what they expected from citizens.

    Truths held to be self-evident by more learned men than I have been trampled into “talking points.” “Unalienable rights” have become the stuff of backroom debate. Worse, this Truth and these Rights have been squandered by the citizenry expected to defend them and the government has seized each and every moment of weakness to subjugate the American people – a people who once armed themselves with pitchforks and scythes to battle the dominant world power of the time for indepence from tyranny.

    A blessed Independence Day is my hope for each of you. A patriot’s blood is never shed in vain.

  11. Nags Says:

    F@ RTC, Thank you for your service. May you and anyone else who has served to protect our freedoms be smiled upon daily.

  12. Dave Says:

    Funny… As I was briefing the Declaration, I kept thinking that the founders were referring to Obama.


  13. Done Says:

    This discourse could in part double for The Federalist Papers (A Collection of Essays, written in favor of the New Constitution, as agreed upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787. In two volumes. They were a series of 85 article and essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay promoting the ratification of the United States Constitution). What seems to be argued here is the validity or current parctice of the US Constitution. I doubt anyone here is arguing the validity or practice of the Declaration of Independence as that document was in point of fact a stalling technique used by Adams, Jefferson, and Franklin primarily while the necessary time and persuasion could be had for a unanimous vote on American Independence which in point of fact we trot out especially around this time every year. (Full disclosure, I too swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution prior to my military service which a kindly Judge gave me as an alternative to incarceration and not out of any sense of patriotism). A side bar here, that oath all us Vets swore an oath to did not end with, “Until I get somehow discharged”, thus one would imagine it would still be an active oath provided anyone who swore it was of sound mind or not coerced (As I was). Given all that, should anybody be so starved for reading material there is this:

    The US Constitution is more enshrined than followed. Militarized Police and Tyranical Federal Agencies daily and withouut regard for the principals of the Constitution trample it. The NSA listens to our conversations and reads our electronic communications as well as tracking our movements, the ATF is a goon squad no more – no less and the FBI are the National enforcement arm of this unholy trilogy. I submit that the framers of the Constitution had this sort of thing in mind when they, through the Federist Papers, debated the merits of the Constitution. We do not enjoy freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, redress of grievences, ect. Anyone who beleives that we do is woefully misinformed or delusional. Thus the arguements for and against that we read in this thread both have some validity and some faults and any reasonable student would agree that this agrument is valid whether from Mr Solari or the rest of those who have taken exception with his opinion which by the way is protected by the Constitution. I doubt that even the framers themselves were in one accord with “all men are created equal”, in fact I’m certain they were not. 1861-1865 proved that. I am convinced that it is now left to this generation and those to come to preserve, protect and defend the world’s oldest surviving Constitution and the pureity thereof. Given the current state of affairs, we are doing a piss poor job all things considered. Police Departments in general have been serving and protecting the living shit out of us for generations now to name but one example.

    I received two letters from incarcerated 1%’er MC Members today who in all likelihood will never see the light of day save as very elderly men who’s days are shortly numbered. I consider them to be political prisoners as the majority of the crimes for which they were made to accept plea deals for they had absolutely no hand in. I will not give their names as that is not my place to do but I will say that after the dust settles on the comments on Rebels articles I print them up and send them to them and they usually have nothing but praise for Rebel as well as Mr Solari. Don’t get it twisted, I’m not defending Mr Solari as I do not feel he or any of us need it. I will assert though that every opinion is protected free speech under the Constitution regardless of it’s acceptance by he majority and even the occasional asshole law enforcement kettle stirrer unfortunately falls into that pot of stew. I too have made more than my fair share of bone headed remarks in this forum over the years perhaps this one being no exception. Passionate discourse takes several forms and shapes and although I don’t prefer the company of so called Biker Events as I once did (I call myself Done for a reason), I’m still a daily rider, live by the code of the road,have no use for society in general, and am shunned by society because of the way I look and carry myself. Whether or not that makes me a Biker or just an anti social recluce I’ll leave up to others. I don’t give a fuck about what other people, Biker or not, think of me and mine but age seems to be mellowing me and I look to those in their 20’s through 40’s to take up the cause better than I can. Much of what I see coming into our mutual subculture gives me pause. Too much greed and not enough Brotherhood. When I came on board we took the odd ball as having “class”, one MC forbids stealing another Brother’s class to this day. My hope is that we can see less drama and more real men and a general attitude that if somebody ain’t hurting me or mine they get a pass. There’s bigger fish to fry. Please indulge me in wishing all the authentic ruggid individualists here a safe and enjoyable 4th of July to be observed or not as they see fit.

  14. L-Frame S&W Says:

    Done: You have nailed it.

  15. Tooj Says:

    A little something? I don’t think folks are reading. I read jj say that our current “governing body” is worse than England.

    I defended the Constitution of the United States, but I never once remember anybody asking me to defend the Declaration of Independence. It would be impudence towards the Patriots that did so in the late 1700s to even think such a thing.

    May I say… WTF???

  16. Austin Says:

    Sometimes – I think I know what IS is.

    @Rebel – Thank You. Stellar as usual. Safe & Happy 4th to you & yours.
    @Done – found this
    while reflecting on your extremely well written “passionate discourse”

    Led to a great time expanding the vocabularies of a few young’uns around here.

  17. FF Says:

    Much of what I see coming into our mutual subculture gives me pause. Too much greed and not enough Brotherhood. When I came on board we took the odd ball as having “class”, one MC forbids stealing another Brother’s class to this day. My hope is that we can see less drama and more real men and a general attitude that if somebody ain’t hurting me or mine they get a pass.


    Thank you for teaching me that.
    [email protected]

  18. jj solari Says:

    dear paladin – who i actually dont like – and rtc; all i said was what washington is doing now is worse than what the british were doing then. i didnt say shit about the declaration of independence. why would i have a problem with a declaration by dead people to dead people. its the constitution and the bill of rights i have a problem with. those are things addressed to me. and i dont like them. getting back to the declaration of independence, i think we need a new declaration of independence from the 50 states to DC. i hope this has been helpful to you both and thank you for taking my call.

  19. Bill Says:

    Here’s where we are now:


    One expert suggested that the NSA’s intention here was to separate the sheep from the goats — to split the entire population of the Internet into “people who have the technical know-how to be private” and “people who don’t” and then capture all the communications from the first group.

  20. Paladin Says:

    jj solari,

    Announcing your dislike for me has me completely crushed and absolutely ruined my 4th of July. I don’t think I can go on. I’m now depressed to the point of ending it all. Forthwith; I shall stop taking my One A Day multivitamins. Doing so will cause me a slow (it may take many years) death, which will be on your hands. I will leave instructions to have my ashes scattered on your front lawn. You do have a lawn, right?


  21. JMacK Says:

    To my American Friends,

    Happy Independance Day. Despite the challenges, the USA is a great country. As a proud Canadian, it’s never lost on me who our biggest ally and influence is. Thank you for those that have served your country.


  22. jj solari Says:

    its not an accident that the people who defend the constitution most energetically are cops and lawyers. cause the only thing the constitution really guarantees you is your likelihood of being arrested. and the bill of rights has about as much to do with your actual god given rights as obama has to do with veracity. the declaration of independence and the constitution are about as similar to each other as valhalla is similar to somalia. and the dolts who praise both equally are just that: dolts. who have probably never read either one. the declaration of independence – just as an essay if nothing else – is a majestic statement of outrage. the constitution is a mockery of the declaration of independence. its a pompous, seditious, cunning declaration of servitude. you need to be pretty fucking stupid – or pretty fucking evil – not to see it.

  23. jj solari Says:

    the declaration is something being declared by The United States of America. the first time those four words are ever used. the constitution is something declared by The Federal Government. something a lot different from the united states of america.

  24. Road Whore Says:

    @ Paladin…oh no! Not the multivitamins! Forsooth!


    Ride Free

  25. Done Says:

    JJ: The gummy ones aren’t any good either.

  26. Jim666 Says:

    Have a safe Happy 4th all .
    Stay as FREE as possible,
    Remember all the downed Brothers that are not on the outside this 4th.

  27. Phuquehed Says:

    I’ll keep the Declaration *AND* the Constitution and Bill of Rights because I’ve been to and lived in other countries that don’t have these things. It’s what people who think they know better should *have* to do so that they can get a *real* perspective of what they mean to this country.

    Yeah, our country is fucked up and getting worse by the day it seems, but until there really is a police state and *no one* fights it or there is no one left to fight it, that means *I* can fight against the way this country is turning and I know there’s others out there doing the same, which means we still have all our rights that our founders knew we needed to be able to fight against assholes who think they’re kings and queens and that they should have a nation of bowing peons.

    If one just sits back and bitches, instead of constantly and proactively letting ones reps, president, and anyone else that’s fucking things up in our government, know we’re getting tired of their shit and aren’t going to take it much longer (my reps hear from me so often they’ve almost stopped even replying with e-mails saying they got the message, lol…and Obama, that fucktard has *never* returned *anything* and he hears from me just as often as my fucktarded RINO reps…and he’s going to keep hearing from me and I’ll keep letting him know what a fucking waste of my good air he is), nothing is going to get fixed. Don’t have a computer? What…lost all your fingers and can’t write on paper anymore? Can’t use the tip of your nose to dial the phone and call the assholes in government? (unless you’re in the situation you can’t afford a long-distance call).

    IMHO, people have simply got too complacent or too scared or just don’t give a shit to call/write their reps and chew their sorry asses for not doing what *YOU* put them there for, then sit back and bitch, because *that* doesn’t take anything but a little time and (so far) it won’t get you a visit from some fucktarded government agency asking questions…which you should tell them too what assholes they are for *supporting* the assholes fucking up the government.

    Bah…I’ll stop here as I’m just firing my ass up and grinding my teeth and raising my blood pressure, muahaha!

  28. Tooj Says:

    Here’s a present day example of CHP exercising the “pursuit of happiness”.

    Happy Birthday ‘Merica. See what you’re becoming?


  29. Jeff Diamond Says:

    Rebel’s posts, as always are excellent and well researched. He is one of the only honest journalists I’ve read.

    As for jj, what he is saying -if I may be so bold, is that we are already free men by the grace of God. But by constantly affirming that you are free and have liberty and rights *because of* those hoary documents (as beautifully written as they are), you are in effect making yourself a servant to the authors and caretakers. It’s a shell game.

  30. OC VAGO 1%er Says:

    Happy Independence Day! GOD BLESS AMERICA!

  31. RVN69 Says:

    Given the current events, this speech is as relevant now as the day it was given.

    Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death” Speech
    It is as timely and to the point now as it was then in 1775.
    No man, Mr. President, thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very honourable gentlemen who have just addressed this House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful of those worthy gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before this House is one of awful moment to the country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom, or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.
    Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.
    I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I should wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the members of this House. Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies?
    No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne! In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope.
    If we wish to be free — if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending — if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained — we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!
    They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us.
    Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable–and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.
    It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!
    “A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.”–Samuel Adams

  32. Dave Says:


    Sometimes it is not necessary to say anything.
    Sometimes it is better to not.

    You are very much entitled to your views, and it is great that we still live in a country where you are allowed to.

    However your rhetoric sounds so much like a guy I knew years back who spoke of burning the American flag as a right… Arguing that it was a honorable and brave thing to do.. And to someone like me who has lost family, relatives, in wars and friends in the middle east conflicts… People who died defending the Constitution so assholes like you could spit on it.

    Well it really pissed me off.

    I don’t give a shit if you hate the government, but the constitution was written to give YOU the right to be an ass… which apparently you take to heart. Written by people who at that time still apparently cared more about a person’s freedom that you do.

    So if you’re going to piss on it, at least do so and stop pretending you care about the country or the people living in it.

  33. shootemall Says:

    I agree, our country has a ways to go to get back to it’s days of glory and domination. I too am sick of the people who make the laws being the one’s break the law. So things might suck here, but we suck less than anywhere else in this world. I disagree with JJ, respectfully, as the reason we (America) formed our separate union was mainly due religious freedoms. In other words, before our independence, you belonged to the Church of England. Period. So, we are in a better shape now than the Brits were then. If you truly do feel England in the 1700’s were better off than what we have now, whatever respect I had for you is gone.
    Rebel, thanks for posting this. A great reminder of the people who lost their lives starting and defending this country. God bless America.
    Respects to all who deserve it.

  34. Bill Says:

    I’m in agreement with Jeff Diamond about JJ. His posts are typically inflammatory and often scatalogically grotesque, but in my opinion he tirelessly digs for a deeper truth, however unpopular.

  35. fayettenamhoe Says:

    blah blah blah, and you think some old men in 1776 made you free, ha ha ha hah, freedom from what? people like me?”: no chance baby, we all gone down. taken that constitution and shoven it, stick it up my grl freinds butt, you ride a bike? you never free, fuk me

  36. BMW Says:

    Thanks for a good reminder, Rebel. When we thank those who serve to protect American freedoms, we also need to remember those who fashioned the rationale for those freedoms.

    Thanks to all who have served to protect American freedoms, in the military AND in civil society! Happy Fourth of July to ALL lovers of freedom, especially the freedom of the road. I read comments here by many people who love freedom, and there are many who never comment who also fight daily to preserve those freedoms. Thank you all!

    L, H&R TO ALL 1% RIDERS!!!

  37. Base Says:

    It is a far different country than the one I was born into in 1961 that is for certain.

    Hope everyone had a great 4th.

    Great write up Rebel and some great comments, plenty of food for thought.


  38. fayettenamhoe Says:

    —– we the people— we have the power— we– the ones that put up with hypocrates— we thee—non spellers– eat chrome and rubber tires for breakfast, constantly chasing the curb, have you your july 4th, i like the fifth better, fuk your fourth, “red white and blued on” all the time,— their coming for you baby

  39. donny1020 Says:

    blah, blah, blah. as a combat vet all I can say is fuck the military, fuck officers, fuck war- what is it good for, absolutely nothing!

    Fuck these chicken hawk mother fucking assholes who promote politicians who are pro war, anti drugs, and anti teen sex!it was Ron Reagen that made it so bikers couldn’t carry guns in Cali so don’t forget it. Fuck bs cops and screws that ride bikes and pretend to be on the outside of squaresville.

    Fuck it all and fuck all fucking squares even if they do own motorcycles and dress like opie from soa.

  40. Paul Says:

    I finally took the time to read the Constitution on my last deployment and was unpleasantly surprised at how far we’ve come. That’s the problem with laws. Subject to interpretation and revision. Much easier if we had none.

    I don’t need someone appointed over me telling me how to treat my neighbor. I may not like him, but I can be polite and civil. Once enough people realize this, we can truly say we have a free society. Sadly, most folks are content to be slaves, because it is much more difficult to be free. When you’re free, you only get to blame you for your failures.

    I’m still military, and I take the spirit, if not letter, of my oath seriously. To paraphrase the book of Jeremiah, I look forward to a day when G-d writes a covenant on our hearts. That is a code that cannot be written over, misused, burned, reinterpreted, etc…

  41. Ol'Goat Says:

    @JJ & Jeff Diamond:
    First of all, a big hell no to burning the flag!!! I dont think either of you advocated that, but just saying. I came to the same conclusion many years ago. I did not sign the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. My rights are unalienable and God given. I don’t have liberties or Rights because of any documents, I have liberties and rights because I have them. Those documents were written to restrict tyrannical oppressors of rights.

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