Posted 5 years ago on Aug. 2, 2012, 5:10 p.m. EST by DemandTheGoodLifeDotCom
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Although America celebrates its founding on July 4th, today is the day when most people actually signed the Declaration of Independence. So some historians argue today should be the official birthday.
But whether you celebrate on the Fourth or today, what is important to understand is that we are celebrating our country's founding. We are celebrating the day when a few white, rich men got so sick of paying taxes that they declared war on their country. But the war, of course, was not about rich, white men. It was about freedom, equality and democracy for everyone. It says it right there in our Declaration of Independence. It was so noble an act, thinking about it should give any good patriot a Matthews tingle up their leg.
When the war was over, we founded the greatest country in the world. It was a country where liberty reigned for everyone. Well, except blacks who we enslaved. And except Native Americans who we mostly slaughtered (you know, with their barbaric ideas of sharing and all). And except women who we prevented from voting. And except men who were not rich or white enough to own land who we also prevented from voting.
But for everyone else, you were free at last, free at last, free at last.
Well, only rich, white males are left. And they were already free. But now they finally escaped the tyranny of having to pay a tax. And now they had their very own kingdom to rule, I'm sorry I mean country to democratically participate in.
Thus began a 236 year tradition of politicians giving the American public a heavy dose of all the right American feel-good buzzwords like freedom, democracy and equality, while engineering a society that mostly favors white, rich men and goes to wars to further their interests.
So in the immortal words of Frederick Douglass, a real revolutionary for freedom, democracy and equality, “The [Second of August] is yours, not mine.”