Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy Independence Day!

I hope you have some fun things lined up this weekend. We sure do--friends, fireworks, and probably some grilling out tomorrow.

We are not participating in a Tea Party this weekend, due to many factors. The original big event that I had planned to attend was unfortunately canceled (for suspiciously flimsy reasons), as many around the country have no doubt heard. The Cobb County Tea Party became our next viable plan, but we ended up not going to that last night for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, they had a silly rule about not allowing protest signs (which could have easily been ignored quite frankly, and probably was, I have little doubt), terrible communication on their website, and an insistence that they were an "educational" event, not a protest. I still don't know what that means.

Because the other event was canceled, there was concern that the numbers showing up to the Cobb County event would be larger than the capacity of the venue, and quite frankly, I didn't want to be out in such a potentially overcrowded disorganized event with the kids, when we Objectivists would not even be able to advertise our presence as a group through the use of signage.

There is another event tonight at the Capitol, a regrouping of sorts from the canceled event. But tonight, we're going to be in Buckhead (north of downtown Atlanta) watching the Lenox Mall fireworks, as we are wont to do. Since 2005, we have taken a hotel room right next to the Mall so that we can enjoy the fireworks at eye level and then not have to fight traffic to get home. We didn't get to go last year, because Sean was only 2 weeks old (I know, Blame the Baby is a popular game around here!) and I was just beginning to get back to normal myself after the surgery. So we don't want to miss our family tradition tonight--not for anything!

I'm a bit disappointed that we won't participate in a Tea Party this weekend. I hope to do so again in the future though. I did spend some time last night (when I would otherwise have been at a Tea Party) working on a bare bones website for the new Atlanta Objectivist Society that I'm trying to get off the ground. I consider that time well-spent in defense of freedom and individual rights. :o)

Sean is going to LOVE the fireworks! And Ryan and Morgan are super-excited. I can't wait myself. I woke up this morning with the Schoolhouse Rock "Fireworks" song going through my head. Here it is:

And here are the lyrics--read them over if you've never done so (emphasis in the original):

Ooh, there's gonna be fireworks (Fireworks!)
On the Fourth of July (red, white, and blue!)
Red, white, and blue fireworks
Like diamonds in the sky. (diamonds in the sky!)
We're gonna shoot the entire works on fireworks
That really show, oh yeah,
We declared our liberty 200 years ago.


In 1776 (fireworks!)
There were fireworks too (red, white, and blue!)
The original colonists,
You know their tempers blew (They really blew!)
Like Thomas Paine once wrote:
It's only common sense (only common sense)
That if a government won't give you your basic rights
You'd better get another government.

And though some people tried to fight it,
Well, a committee was formed to write it:
Benjamin Franklin, Philip Livingston,
John Adams, Roger Sherman, Thomas Jefferson,
They got it done (Oh yes they did!)
The Declaration, uh-huh-huh,
The Declaration of Independence (Oh yeah!)
In seventeen hundred seventy six (Right on!)
The Continental Congress said that we were free (We're free!)
Said we had the right of life and liberty,
...And the pursuit of happiness!

Ooh, when England heard the news, (Kerpow!)
They blew their stack (They really blew their cool!)
But the colonists lit the fuse,
There'd be no turning back (no turnin' back!)
They'd had enough of injustice now
But even if it really hurts, oh yeah,
If you don't give us our freedom now
You're gonna see some fireworks!

And on the Fourth of July they signed it
And 56 names underlined it,
And now to honor those first 13 states,
We turn the sky into a birthday cake.
They got it done (Oh yes they did!)
The Declaration, uh-huh-huh,
The Declaration of Independence (Oh yeah!)
In seventeen hundred seventy six (Right on!)
The Continental Congress said that we were free (We're free!)
Said we had the right of life and liberty,
...And the pursuit of happiness!

We hold these truths to be self-evident,
That all men are created equal
And that they are endowed by their creator
With certain inalienable rights.
That among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

And if there's one thing that makes me happy,
Then you know that it's (ooh)
There's gonna be fireworks!

My favorite lyric: "...if a government won't give you your basic rights/You'd better get another government." Now I must take a small issue with the word "give," for rights are not given by the government (a popular misconception to be sure), but rather should be protected by the government.....but it's just such a catchy little lyric, isn't it? :o)

A couple more things before I go. Here's an awesome Independence Day post from a New Zealander about why Independence Day shouldn't be just an American holiday. Loved it!

And I will link to an post I wrote two years ago, about two Revolutionary War Patriots from whom I'm descended: John Hart and Griffith Rutherford. I always take a moment to remember these guys (and the others, too) on the 4th of July.

So enjoy your fireworks tonight, OCON, Tea Party, cookout, whatever you happen to be doing!

And to quote my daughter from earlier: "Happy Birthday to America! YAY!"

They got it done. Right on!

1 comment:

Michael Gold said...

Happy Independence Day!!

Can you record the Objectivist speakers at the Boston Tea Pary?

Here is the TV stream:

I don't know how to record something on the Internet like that, and don't know if I have the software, anyway.

Or now of anyone who could record it? Or anyone in Boston?

--Michael Gold