published Friday, July 4th, 2014

Independence Day isn't complete, and neither is our freedom

Let's celebrate our freedoms today, but know that we have unfinished business.

Our Founding Fathers fought for American independence and wrote a fine framework for freedom that remains a work in progress.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

That wonderful and probably best-known sentence of the Declaration of Independence, ratified on July 4, 1776, was a great foundation for this strong and evolving nation.

About 144 years after that sentence was written, the 19th Amendment gave women a right to vote. Equal pay laws, equal credit laws and other gender equality measures followed. Real equal pay and gender equality is still an ideal.

Some 188 years after the Declaration was penned, Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law just two days before the country's July 4th holiday. And a year later, he and his congressional allies passed the Voting Right Act of 1965.

Somehow, in the last few years, Congress and the Supreme Court have been nibbling away at some of these gains. The high court gutted the voting rights act last year, and many Republican-controlled states have been systematically passing laws aimed at making women and blacks jump through ridiculous hoops to vote.

Also in the last year, those same states worked to systematically pass "TRAP" legislation -- Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers. The Roe v. Wade case and subsequent Supreme Court decisions prevent states from banning abortion outright, but state legislation can make abortion services more difficult to access. The newest tool is to nitpick the clinics and doctors out of business with new state "standards." The "standards" are about facility sizes and doctors' hospital admitting requirements. It seems funny that no one is worried about these standards in doctors' offices where vasectomies or fertility procedures are handled.

Just in the past week, the Supreme Court said corporations with certain religious claims don't have to provide insurance coverage for the full gamut of women's contraception -- those they consider being tantamount to abortion. Of course they may still cover vasectomies and sterilizations and other forms of birth control -- and, yes, Viagra-like drugs.

More unfinished business is the Employment Non-Discrimination Act intended to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. The Senate has passed this bill, but the House of Representatives won't take a vote. Big surprise there: the only thing the House wants to vote on these days is the bogus repeal of the Affordable Care Act that is offering millions of people equal access to health insurance. Of course, that's better known as Obamacare.

Also last week, protesters took to streets in California to turn away three busloads of 140 immigrant children detained by U.S. authorities after they fled from violence-torn Central American countries.

In this land built from immigrants, and on the eve of our freedom's birth, people in Murietta, Calif., chanted "Go back home!" and carried signs saying "Return to Sender." Authorities decided that for the safety of the children, they would turn the U.S. Homeland Security buses around and take the children instead to the San Diego area.

That scene occurred as the nation's immigration system has been overwhelmed in recent weeks with a tide of about 52,000 Central American minors illegally entering the United States alone or with other children.

Undocumented Mexican migrants are often immediately deported, but the U.S. government detains and processes the Central Americans who come from violence-torn countries. They are eventually released and given a month to report to immigration offices.

Clearly, we still have lots of work to do in this wonderful and free democracy we call America.

But history shows that we can do it.

Equality and freedom -- like our nation -- are evolving, and our evolution seems to happen in fits and starts.

It isn't always with happy fireworks, but it's a fine freedom, as long as we continue our work to refine and shape it.

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conservative said...

..." many Republican-controlled states have been systematically passing laws aimed at making women and blacks jump through ridiculous hoops to vote."

How ridiculous, how stupid, how dishonest!

I could have written "how Liberal" but the Liberals would not have gotten it.

July 4, 2014 at 7:53 a.m.
librul said...

TIME FOR A PARTY PURGE! (inspired from the far-flung interwebs).

Piiiiiiitchforks! Lovely Pitchforks! Piiiiiiitchforks! Get em while they are on special!

Yes, here at the Democracy Mall's Seditionist Superstore we are having a "This town needs an enema!" Blowout Sale. Everything you need to set our Great Experiment back on track.

We are doing a once in a lifetime deal on our Angry Mob(tm) line of supplies.

Buy ten pitchforks, and we throw in a sack of burning torches.

Buy a barrel of our own blend of Tar, and we throw in the sacks of feathers for free. And for running them out of town after, we do a line of Rails in various lengths so you and your buddies can parade them round the market square then dump them in the garbage heap.

And in our "Super SCOTUS Special" you buy the guillotine, and we will throw in one new tumbril, a hand woven wicker head basket, and as much knitting yarn as a row of cackling crones can carry.

Persecuted Christians pissing you off with their whiny bitch arse nonsense? Get on down to the lumber isle, where you will find great deals on ready to assemble crosses, each with its own bag of nine inch crucifixion nails and a mallet. Nail those Jesus Jokers up and teach them what persecution really is! And if that seems a little too harsh we have a range of stocks, complete with rotten fruit to throw at them, and our ever popular Happy Dipper(tm) Dunking Stools.

So when your society, administration or courts are full of BirchBagger sociopaths intent on turning your country into a fascist theocracy, come on down to the Democracy Mall, and remember....

Its never too late to GET YOUR MOB ON!

July 4, 2014 at 12:13 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Librul. Tolerance is a one way street with you lefties that believe we are all supposed to relinquish are faith to accommodate your lack of. While you have every right to disbelieve and share that opinion, why do you feel a need to insult Christians with your own hate language. You are a left hater.

That is the most offensive post I have ever read.

July 4, 2014 at 7:44 p.m.
AndrewLohr said...

Equality for unborn babies? We love illegal aliens but hate our own flesh and blood?

"Equality" by force blows up in its own face, because the Enforcer is not equal. Bureaucracy is inequality; freedom is equality. O'Romneycare didn't hire more nurses to make health more equal; it hired IRS agents and other bureaucrats to make power less equal. The whole liberal project makes things worse on its terms. End it.

When some Alabama county had 10,000 blacks of whom 2 were registered to vote, we had a big problem. When Voter ID is required and the black voting percentage increases--look at the statistics!!!--MAYbe a FEW people do have a problem. Pam, if you care, why don't you list your phone number and offer here in an editorial to drive such people around to get the ID they need? From the shortage of such cases, especially compared to the voter fraud cases noted in National Review from time to time, I doubt you'd be overworked, and it would reduce your hypocrisy quotient a bit.

And if I'm voting for Bud over Coors, should it be unconstitutional to ask for ID?

July 4, 2014 at 8:03 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

connie sez, ..." many Republican-controlled states have been systematically passing laws aimed at making women and blacks jump through ridiculous hoops to vote. How ridiculous, how stupid, how dishonest!"

What rock has he been sleeping under?

July 4, 2014 at 10:20 p.m.
conservative said...

inquirinmind

What laws have been passed that don't also pertain to men and whites?

What laws have been passed that don't apply to everyone in voting regardless of race or color or gender?

July 5, 2014 at 5:59 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

+++WE PREACH JESUS CHRIST CRUCIFIED+++

A single proclamation that this land belongs to Jesus Christ!

The Cross representing the blood shed by our Lord Jesus Christ was planted in the soil of Cape Henry.

Even before that, upon landing on the First Permanent American Settlement soil, the Pioneers PRAYED and GAVE THANKS TO YHVH!

Malleus Deum

July 6, 2014 at 6:33 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Text of Mayflower Compact:

"In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are under-written, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign Lord, King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, etc..."

+++WE PREACH JESUS CHRIST CRUCIFIED+++

"Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant and combine our selves together into a civil body politic,..."

Malleus Deum

July 6, 2014 at 6:46 p.m.
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