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July 3, 2014 - 2:00 pm
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Well, after 238 years it’s tough to find a fresh angle on Independence Day.

That’s the best excuse I can make for NPR’s story noting that Jehovah’s Witnesses, “some American Indians” and the abolitionist Frederick Douglass, back in 1852, don’t/didn’t celebrate the Fourth of July like most of the rest of us do, here in this God-blessed America.

The second best excuse I can make is: What do you expect from NPR?

The 1852 Independence Day Douglass oration is a classic moment of speaking truth to power. In its time and context it must have shocked, and invigorated, the abolition movement.

But in our day, the Left likes to read it as if its message applies equally to 21st century America. See Danny Glover’s rendition of excerpts in the video below, just 11 months before the election of Barack Obama as president. Note the reaction of the crowd, as if Glover had dreamed up the speech yesterday.

The Left lives, so it seems, in an ante-bellum world.

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What is material is that Wilson was the president who made interracial marriage a felony in the District of Columbia, praised Birth of A Nation, and segregated the federal civil service.

Why would you not think it not material?
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Actually the US military was integrated but re-segregated by progressive icon and loathsome racist Woodrow Wilson.

Something today's progs never get around to mentioning.

So there are sometimes retrograde steps. And one may expect to find a progressive committing them.
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Bryan:
The Douglass 4th of July speech oft quoted and recited is only the center portion of the entire speech. The first part celebrates the Founders, and the last part praises the Constitution. The omission of two thirds of this speech is a deliberate distortion.
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However praiseworthy the Frederick Douglass speech is, there was another speech. Also acknowledged - even by some, e.g. program designers in the NPR, who would "rather not"? - as a speech worthy of the finest orators of the late Roman Republic.

The Gettysburg Address. Addressing the same materai.

That in case forgotten, never known, nobody told - "educated" - no recent movies, was THE announcement of the end to slavery in the USA. The redress for Frederick Douglass et al plaint

AND The record of the "labour pains" for those Americans - how many from populations of how many of how many different skin colours and ethnic origins - who LITERALLY put skin in the game. To secure that nation born in July 1776 as E Pluribus Unum.

Some up to "the last full measure of devotion". To abolish the practice of slavery as in any way lawful in the USA. Thereafter for ALL well - intended now truly Equal Before the Law citizens to celebrate.

No person has been a "slave" in the US of A for more than a century. However many capitalise on that past historical defect to attain social power, influence AND wealth, some even beyond the dreams of avarice.

And while a "black mark" on the history of the nation it is a shaming indictment on the willingness and effectiveness of the people charged with the adminsitration of THAT Law, members of the Legal Profession / Judiciary.

Using iintra - collegial INSIDER TRADES for manipulations and remissions of their duty. Legal niceties and verbiage to con citizens to accept their unprincipled and illegal manipulative changes to The FUNDAMENTAL LAW.
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So NPR is stuck in the 1850s. That's a departure from their being stuck in the 1960s.
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They're always stuck in the nineteenth century. Sometimes the eighteenth.
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Since the fall of the Soviet Union the Left has embraced and pledged
Spiritual alliegence to Europe and its brand of welfare
state socialism. Twenty years later we're witnessing its degenerative
Demise, weakened by its dehumanizing political theology
It's atheist body eaten by invading hordes of true believers.
America is all the hope that is left to a world gone mad
and those who still embrace the rotting carcass of the
old world carry the bitter seeds of our own potential destruction.
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Bryan:
The Douglass 4th of July speech oft quoted and recited is only the center portion of the entire speech. The first part celebrates the Founders, and the last part praises the Constitution. The omission of two thirds of this speech is a deliberate distortion.
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I don't know why this comment was reported.

Mandy Manners
I think this is the complete speech.

http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/douglassjuly4.html
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It took all out war of WWII to open the minds of Americans to include the efforts of blacks in society, and even then it was a stretch. Work in progress indeed.
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Actually the US military was integrated but re-segregated by progressive icon and loathsome racist Woodrow Wilson.

Something today's progs never get around to mentioning.

So there are sometimes retrograde steps. And one may expect to find a progressive committing them.
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