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Obligatory 4th of July Post

July 4, 2010

So many things to write about on this 4th of July….

First I’m going to wish everyone a happy 4th of July. Happy 4th of July. Now that that’s out of the way, time to dive into the issue that causes this day to happen every year – freedom. And what better way to celebrate freedom than to fire government-registered guns off into the air or set off fireworks that the government has deemed “Not Dangerous Enough to Ban” or not be able to buy alcohol to celebrate freedom because you’re under 21? Ok, that last sentence may have taken a slight turn, but the fact remains that freedom isn’t really freedom. You can give me arguments for why we need to register guns or ban certain fireworks or keep the drinking age at 21, and I believe that those who argue those points are entitled to their opinions, however I’m personally pretty libertarian and I don’t give in on stuff like this. So celebrate that we’re not a shitty country like some basically communist European “paradise” and that we at least have some freedom (Amsterdam  not included), but realize that free speech doesn’t even allow you to yell “Fire!!!!!! (the bottle rocket)” outside of a crowded theater in most states.

We’re pretty good by comparison though, I may get angry at times but I’m happy for the freedom we have. Thanks to all of the soldiers, every time I see your handiwork on the Military Channel I crack a smile. Keep killing the bad guys, we haven’t all abandoned you.

So, a happy 4th of July to all. And, thanks to today being a Sunday and the federal holiday for the 4th of July being tomorrow, happy 5th of July Eve.

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  1. Aptronym permalink
    July 19, 2010 8:10 pm

    Kind of cynical, even by your normal standards. Freedom does not mean freedom from consequences, and shouting “Fire!” outside a crowded theater is a bone-headed move no matter who you are. (The example you listed depends heavily on how credible your cries of “Fire!” are and whether they actually ignite a panic.) By your own standards, the fireworks you can set off, responsibly used, are your innate right, not hazardous materials whitelisted by the government as safe for you to use. Don’t mistake the viewpoint of the (would-be) enforcers for the reality of the situation. You have absolute freedom restricted by communal agreement along prescribed axes, not limited freedom granted by communal decree. Instead of bemoaning the fireworks you have, fight for the ones you feel unjustly taken away from you; you’ll do a world more of good.

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