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You Say You Wanna Revolution?

Posted Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at 7:28 AM

I thought to myself, "this year, I am really going to kick that football". I did have some good, albeit misplaced, intentions of saying something positive about these here United States of America on Independence Day, or as the holiday has become known in the popular vernacular - The Fourth of July. Riddle: Do the English have The Fourth of July?

So I got to thinking about what I could possibly say about the USA that was happy, but honest. This dilemma has filled my head for the past several days; so much so that I was beginning to think that the alcohol had finally caught up with me.

Then I remembered that one of the primary reasons that I drink is to tolerate people who get their jollies worshiping the government of the USA; propagating the lie that we are a free and superior people, and claiming that our military fights perpetual wars so that we have the right to say the Pledge of Allegiance.

It's not that I dislike the USA. Hell, I've lived here my whole life. We have neighborhood grocery stores with 175 different types of breakfast cereal. I can watch thousands of 45 minute documentaries on a plethora of topics ranging from the mating habits of rain forest birds, to the common construction methods at the height of the Aegean Bronze Age.

This is my home. I take no pleasure in watching my family, friends, and neighbors struggle to make an honest living. I can't stand the thought that so many members of our society have traded liberty for the abstract and false promise of security. There is no joy in the realization that the left/right paradigm is patently, and completely phony despite the fuss made over which duopoly party can tell better lies, and convince 50% plus one to vote them into power every election cycle.

The reasons that the American Revolution was fought seem petty when considered in the modern context. Taxes: we have plenty of those; direct and indirect. The standing army: mere child's play in comparison to the encroaching police state. No representation: don't get me started.

Instead, I like to think that those crazy bastards who took on the most powerful army ever assembled, some while wearing three cornered hats, really did believe that they didn't have to sit around and take any crap from some inbred monarch who lived thousands of miles away. And if they went down, at least they went down fighting because their ancestors didn't leave that mess behind so that they could make public statements commending the swell job that the king was doing to protect them, while surrendering their dignity in the process. The movement that spawned the revolutionaries to secede from the British crown was not overwhelmingly popular among the colonies, yet we still (supposedly) commemorate it on this day. Why? Who actually celebrates overthrowing the government on 7/4 anymore?

I truly do believe that if a grizzled, starving, desperate insurrectionist (yes kiddies, this country was founded by terrorists), begging for another round to fire at a fiendish redcoat, were to appear at a local half baked "fourthofjuly" festival today, he would pull down his breeches, and show all the fine patriotic Americans what we could kiss during the final stanza of "Stars and Stripes Forever".

It is Independence Day! Not, In Dependence Day! Be an American! Disobey! Revolt!

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This is probably one of the finest pieces I have EVER seen on this website. Kudos to you Mr. Vandeven

-- Posted by crackpot on Wed, Jul 4, 2012, at 8:11 AM

I don't celebrate overthrowing government. I celebrate self evident truths: all men created equal, unalienable rights granted by God, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I celebrate the men who organized to declare and defend these truths. And I do celebrate the government they eventually put in place that has made these truths real for groups of people our founders ignored.

Superior? No. Free and independent? Better believe it.

-- Posted by SamTheEagle on Wed, Jul 4, 2012, at 8:12 AM


I don't participate in holidays that honor imaginary creatures as being more than the subject matter of fairy tales.

-- Posted by Simon Jester on Wed, Jul 4, 2012, at 8:17 AM

People are not free and equal in today's United States and never have been. To believe that is to drink the kool-aid being dished out by the modern day Jim Jones styled political establishment.

-- Posted by crackpot on Wed, Jul 4, 2012, at 8:23 AM

That is it crackpot. There has not existed one single solitary second at anytime, or anyplace in the history of the world where people have been absolutely free.

The US may be the healthiest patient in the cancer ward, but to declare its citizens as being anything that remotely resembles "free and independent" is laughable.

Do you feel "free and independent" when getting molested at the airport by the TSA? How about the feeling you get when you give over a sizable portion of your paycheck every week to the wealthist demographic in the nation; is that feeling "free and independent"? Perhaps the 2.5 million people currently incarcerated in the world's largest prison system feel "free and independent". Maybe feeling "free and independent" is the swell of pride I am supposed to get whenever our military invades another nation that did not attack us.

-- Posted by Simon Jester on Wed, Jul 4, 2012, at 8:57 AM

This is the best piece I have ever read on this site.

-- Posted by the_eye on Wed, Jul 4, 2012, at 1:47 PM

It is amazing the amount of effort that went into covering up people's names during the 9/11 commission. That is a complete sham, and all Americans should be ashamed of it.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 5:31 AM

Very well said sir! My hats off to you Mr. Vandeven.

-- Posted by g-mac on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 9:02 AM

Dr Doom and Gloom:

You should change your name to Dr Whack Job!!!

-- Posted by howdydoody on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 10:30 AM


The point is that the 9/11 commission was one major CYA operation. All it accomplished was making sure that members of our intellegence agencies, and their friends in appointed and elected positions in government were not held accountable for their inaction to prevent 9/11. In that regard yes, 9/11 was an "inside job". It is past time to find the truth, and stop trading our civil liberties in the name of the global war on terror.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 12:42 PM

This is "Mr. Vandeven" (I have two handles, depends on where I am posting from), and yes I do support throwing out the 9/11 commission's "report", and reopening the investigation to include all of the witness testimony that was either thrown out, or gagged via the Justice Dept abusing the State Secrets clause. We deserve to know who was in the know. The 9/11 commission was a joke. I just finished reading "Classified Woman" by Sibel Edmunds, and am convinced that the 9/11 commission was just one big cover up.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 4:39 PM

You and Bob Parker would make quite an alliance.

-- Posted by VIKED on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 6:40 PM


I don't make alliances.

-- Posted by Simon Jester on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 6:50 PM

It would be a good one.

-- Posted by VIKED on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 6:58 PM


This isn't "Survivor".

-- Posted by Lumpy on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 7:05 PM

Sorry, it sure sounds like it. Bye

-- Posted by VIKED on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 7:07 PM

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I was born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., in 1972, and grew up in the Chaffee area where I still reside with my lovely wife and three beautiful and talented daughters. I have been employed in the paper industry for the past 14 years and am a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church. In my spare time I support my local parochial school, listen to and perform music, and read. This is my second run for U.S. Congress as the Libertarian Party candidate. In 2010 I was endorsed by the Boston Tea Party and received an "A" rating from the Gun Owners of America. Since my last campaign I supported the opposition to the smoking ban in Cape Girardeau, gathered signatures for the Show-Me Cannabis initiative, was elected to the Missouri State Libertarian Party Executive Committee, and recently won the Champion of Freedom Award. I hope that my candidacy helps to advance the cause of individual liberty. I welcome your questions and comments. Thank you for reading!