Joe Meglen: Celebrating the 4th


We will be celebrating the birth of America on July 4. However, with every passing year, our “leaders,” “educators” and “intellectuals” move us further away from the real meaning of Independence Day. They stress patriotism, interdependence, the “greater good,” egalitarianism, code words for collectivism and fealty to the state.

Even our revered Pledge of Allegiance is not a pledge to individual liberty and freedom, the concepts upon which America was founded. It is a pledge to the nation, state and empire. It is a subtle, or maybe not so subtle, attack on states’ rights, and therefore the individual.

The founders, an enlightened and committed minority, declared their independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain 237 years ago. In winning the War of Independence in 1783, for the first time in history a country was founded on moral principle. This principle recognized that people owned themselves. They were no longer enslaved to serfdom, owned by their government, clan or tribe. This freedom gave them the opportunity to achieve and keep the fruits of their labor without confiscation through burdensome taxation by those that live off of those that produce.

The voluntary union of the United States of America has devolved greatly since inception. The list of abuses and usurpations by a leviathan centralized federal government far exceeds those perpetrated on the colonies by King George III.

By celebrating July 4, we celebrate independence and honor the founder’s legacy. In understanding, sharing and celebrating the real meaning of Independence Day, we make a stand for freedom while rightfully diminishing the legitimacy of the state.

Joe Meglen


Scott Wedel 2 years, 1 month ago

"They were no longer enslaved ...."

You have the nerve to use those words and ignore that slavery was recognized by the Constitution?

I suggest that we remember how it has been a long continuing battle to realize that freedoms are for more than white males.


Joe Meglen 2 years, 1 month ago

Slavery was forced on the Colonies by Great Britain. The founders inherited a system that had been in place for more than 200 years. Many were outright abolitionists and the subject of slavery was hotly debated when this new counrty was being formed. These great men put a system into place that led to the end of slavery.


Brian Kotowski 2 years, 1 month ago

Thomas Jefferson re: the issue of slavery at the Constitutional Convention: It was like holding a wolf by the ears. You didn't like it, but didn't dare let it go.

Paraphrasing from memory, but it's pretty close.


Cresean Sterne 2 years, 1 month ago

Slavery didnt end untill after the civil war and still continued for some time after within certain states.. 4th of July is about our independence from Britain after the revolutionary war..Every american should know this part of our history because it is the true birth of our country.


mark hartless 2 years, 1 month ago

Joe is, of course, exactly right.

Our founders, imperfect men, came together and risked their lives, their fortunes, and their scared honor to form a "more perfect" union.

They succeded beyond the wildest hopes and dreams of any person since man exited Eden.

The gift they gave us was freedom, liberty, autonomy. That alone is what propelled America skyward, even to the moon.

What are we doing with that gift today? It appears we have set about trading it for some "magic beans"; shackles disguised as security.


Scott Wedel 2 years, 1 month ago

Oh, a Revolutionary War based upon moral principle was unable to do anything about evil institutions inherited from the British?

It was a good start, but clearly was just the start of a continuing process to extend freed and liberty to all Americans.


mark hartless 2 years ago

A process that is, this very day, no doubt in Scotts opinion being perfected by the ilk in Mordor on the Potomac, right Scott?

Please, please illustrate a few instances of how freedom and liberty has been extended under this (or any recent) administration/ congress, Scott.

I'm pregnant with anticipation...

And I DON'T mean how some have been made more powerful AT THE EXPENSE OF OTHERS... THAT isn't freedom and liberty; that's keeping the plantation alive and well, just trading one master for another.


Ulrich Salzgeber 2 years ago

Joe, Thank you for your well thought out letter to the Editor. I agree with virtually everything that you state with one small exception. Your statement that "for the first time in history a country was founded on moral principle". In 1192 a confederation was formed that eventually led to the country of Switzerland or Confederation Helvatica. this new land was specifically and precisely formed on moral principal and, for the most part, has remained true to it's original pledge. Thanks again for your passion.


Joe Meglen 2 years ago


Thank you for your response. I now look forward to learning more about Confederation Helvatica.


Victoria Hopkins 2 years ago

Yes, July 4th is a day to remember the "Founding Fathers". Please also take a moment to remember it marks one of many, "beginnings of the end" for the indigenous people that resided here first. The people who were systematically and brutally removed from their homes, where are the fireworks and parades celebrating the Lakota, Mandan, Iroquois, Utes, Cheyenne and so many others. Take a moment to remember our fallen heroes, their just as important. Mitakuye Oyasin


mark hartless 2 years ago

Ahh, yes... the American Indian Reservations. A shining example of government "help".

Uncle Scam did to them the exact same thing many of them had done to opposing tribes and clans for centuries.

And their initial introduction to the US Gubbamint was just PART of their reward. The real payback was that they are, to this day in many cases, still victims of the same gubbamint which today calls it's meddling "help".


Scott Wedel 2 years ago

Some moments when liberty and freedom was extended to more Americans would be the Emancipation Proclamation, the 14th Amendment, the 19th Amendment, 1965 Civil Rights Act, Loving v Virginia, and United States v Windsor. Just a partial list of events that extended rights to more citizens.


mark hartless 2 years ago

So, other than giving homosexuals the right to marry what have you done for me lately?

On balance there is absolutely NO progression toward more liberty and freedom in the last 40 years.

More Americans than ever recieve government assistance. Fewer than ever are married. More kids without fathers. More taxes, more regulations, more red tape.

14th and 19th ammendments?? wooopie! More corrupt buaeracrats commiting crimes and then pleading the 5th ammendment while more and more "citizens" are becomming afraid to use the 1st ammendment.

Even you yourself are attacking the 2nd ammendment, Scott.

And the 4th, 5th and 10th are under attack as well.

Government is collecting your e-mails, bullying the "free" press, flying spy-planes over your (and my) home, listening to (and recording) your phone conversations.

No no Scott. Don't even TRY to tell me we are "progressing" toward more liberty and freedom when the exact opposite is happening. You might have been able to make such an argument with a straight face till maybe the mid '80's but not today.


Brian Kotowski 2 years ago

Caterwauling about slavery (unqualified evil) or our abuse of the American Indian (an obscenity) contributes little, except as a distraction from any meaningful conversation re: the principles this country was founded upon - where, for the 1st time, citizens were defined as something other than subservient vassals.

No nation on earth can claim to be without mistakes in its past that it regrets in the here & now. If past transgression is the calculus for a present day evaluation, then every human on earth is a miscreant.


rhys jones 2 years ago

Don't think the Brits don't still call the shots.


Scott Wedel 2 years ago

For 75% of this nation's history, over sixty percent of the population had less than full rights of citizenship. Our history is hardly of writing a constitution and ending the enslavement of it's citizens.

The level of snooping and collecting communications meta data is an outrageous invasion of the public's rights. It is such an invasion of privacy that all levels of government insist they have a fundamental right to not release their communications meta data to the public so that they may freely get unbiased advice.

Communications meta data is whom is being contacted at what time for what duration. We also have recently learned that the USPS is scanning every letter/package to read the to and from addresses, and then saving that. The recent ricin case discovered the letter sender by looking at the other letters near that letter and found a handful of return addresses to check out.

Big data on the public is wonderful when trying to solve a crime. It is also wonderful for figuring out what your political opponents are doing or digging up incriminating information.


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