Happy Independence Day!

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It’s the 4th of July, the day us Americans celebrate our independence.  On this day 240 years ago the Continental Congress declared independence.  Before that that they had been sending demands, pretty much that they wanted to be treated as equals to the people in the homeland and have seats in Parliament and all, (they didn’t care for Funkedelic… oops, sorry, that was 1976 when Parliament/Funkedelic were a thing), so it was a huge step to say, “No, we don’t want to stay with you as equals, we want to go it alone, thank you.”  Of course the British had a lot to say about it and war continued for quite a few years, only ending over half a dozen years later on September 3, 1783.  And then the country started it’s true life with the Articles of Confederation, which made us like 13 countries, before the Constitution was ratified over a decade after Independence was declared, created in 1787 and ratified on June 21, 1788.  In some ways the country we know and love today was created with the Constitution, but it is that first, “we want to be free!” that we celebrate because at that time we first started thinking of ourselves as a separate country and calling ourselves a separate country – that is when that country come into being.

After all of that rambling, I just want to say Happy 4th of July!

On a side note, I missed my typical Sunday “Weekly Smile” reminder.  Well, I have a huge smile about declaring our independence, so I guess this can count, a day late.

What made you smile this week?

If you haven’t seen it, here is a little background to The Weekly Smile as well as some quick guidelines.

So, what made you smile this week? Write about it and post on the link-up. While you’re there, read what everyone else is smiling about! And come back to it later, if last week is any indication new smiles will be added daily!

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10 thoughts on “Happy Independence Day!

  1. Pingback: If We Were Having Coffee on the 9th of July, 2016 | Trent's World (the Blog)

  2. Corina

    It proved to be a very quiet weekend here. I did get out to see the new Independence Day movie. I almost went to see The BFG to preview it so I can take Anderson but I read so many reviews that I figured it was okay to take him without previewing it so I didn’t go. I read a lot. Streamed a lot. Slept even more. Good weekend.

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  3. thatssojacob

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  4. Master of Something Yet

    Happy Independence Day, Trent! Do you think the fact that it took a war to become independent from Britain, rather than, as the Aussies and Canadians did, by asking nicely, is what has a bearing on the attitude to guns and the whole “right to bear arms” thing in the USA? Just wondered about the impact on the national psyche a war has compared to a peaceful transition. But you got yours much earlier than we did (well, we were only just being settled when you declared independence) so I would agree that a change in the times might have had something to do with it too.
    Sorry about the essay. lol Love your Sam the Eagle. :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Perhaps a little bit. There is also the wild west mythology and all of that. Mostly, though, is propaganda and media. Back in the 50s gun ownership was going away except in very rural areas. Laws were being passed to restrict guns and most people thought it was right. So the gun manufacturers, which ran the NRA, stepped up the propaganda. When our country grew more violent in 60s, violence that continued to grow until the mid 1990s, the idea that everyone needed guns to protect themselves grew, while at the same time the ability to sell guns to the criminals did not decrease – why cut off a major revenue stream? It went downhill from there. But then our movies always glorified guns, from the very early days. Guns and violence were a huge part of the movies and later TV. As time went on and people grew used to a certain level of violence, they ratcheted it up a notch to be more shocking and attract the new, more hardened viewers.

      Anyway, just a quick take on my view ;)

      Thanks about the eagle – I felt luck getting several good pictures of him.

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