Republicans have “appropriated” July 4th

A Harvard study has said that Republicans own July 4th:

The political right has been more successful in appropriating American patriotism and its symbols during the 20th century.  (Emphasis mine.)

That makes it sound as if Republicans engaged in some nefarious propaganda scheme to steal away American iconography.  Perhaps Republicans didn’t take it; perhaps Democrats gave it away:

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Jane Fonda in North Vietnam

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The Democrats' friends in LA make a point

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  • jj

    Imagine being jackass enough – as a political party – to come right out and say that the celebration of the founding of your country is a problem for you.  Imagine saying, in effect, that patriotism and love of country are bad things for you and your viewpoint, because they make people favor a viewpoint in opposition to yours.  And not only that, but once people begin to get this patriotism and love of country installed in their psyche, it stays there,and you and your pissy little party have lost them forever!  Imagine being not only in that position, but having the (insert your own word, I don’t even know what fits here) to complain about it, in public!

  • Ymarsakar

    The Dems burned it like they burn flags and effigies.

  • Ymarsakar

    I forgot something. Burning bras probably gave it away as well. Those here should remember that period of time far better than I ever could,

  • kali

    Well, of course we appropriated it. As one of my more progressive colleagues told me, there’s always a whiff of Nuremberg around these patriotic displays. What better match for us than that?

  • bizcor

    Rest assured I will be celebrating and waving the Red White and Blue, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing the “Star Spangled Banner”. How’s that for Right Wing Radicalism? Not enough how about this? I will be wishing God’s Blessing on everyone too.

    And now for something completely different…..

    Another Presidential Ticket

    Rumor has it that Anthony Weiner is going to run for president. He has chosen attorney general Eric Holder as his running mate. Get your Weiner-Holder bumper stickers early, before they are all gone.

  • Charles Martel

    bizcor! Please be serious about leftist politics. If we won’t pretend folks like Weiner and Holder have gravitas, then who will?

    PS: Can I reserve two Weiner-Holders?

  • Indigo Red

    The Democrats have appropriated Thanksgiving as their own commemoration of the ersatz holocaust of Native Americans formerly known as Indians.

    I will be celebrating the 4th on the 3rd with family who have journeyed across our great land and traversed the vast Pacific from Australia to be in the tiny town of Lincoln, CA. A collection of folk from law enforcement to criminals, university professors to high school dropouts, pacifists to Veterans and active duty Army, Liberals and Conservatives, Democrats and Republicans all come together to burn some meat over an open flame, swill sugar charged sodas, and gorge on an array of fat laden desserts while the kids, sans life vests, wallow and splash in the open water swimming hole till long after the sun has gone down. Then maybe a few sparklers on the large, well watered lawn. Anything more would set the countryside ablaze ruining the whole day but for the Democrat family members whose hearts will be all aflutter at the prospect of new laws and regulations to further limit fun of any kind.

  • bizcor

    charles martel where would like them sent?

  • Libby

    They also gave away apple pie and hot dogs (please don’t tell Mrs. O what you’re planning to eat at your July 4th picnic). As a consolation, Democrats are free to have Cesar Chavez Day (March 31) all to them selves.

  • Charles Martel

    Except for the hard sciences and a few humanities outriggers like Mary Ann Glendon, Harvard has become a national joke. Buckley’s quip about preferring to be governed by people randomly picked from a phone directory versus Harvard dons applies now more than ever.

    What a bunch of pompous cretins.

  • Spiff

    @Bizcor #5

    “Rumor has it that Anthony Weiner is going to run for president. He has chosen attorney general Eric Holder as his running mate. Get your Weiner-Holder bumper stickers early, before they are all gone.”

    LOLOLOL – I nearly spit my sprite all over my computer.

  • Spiff

    @IR: They still allow sparklers in Lincoln?  Hell they banned those in Sacramento years ago.  The only fireworks I see around here smolder and sputter pathetically. 

  • Charles Martel

    Spiff, we’ve taken a page from the illegals and discharge firearms into the air. When the cops try to stop us, we tell them they’re racists. It’s a Latino thang that they just wouldn’t understand.

  • Spiff

    Luckily we have a few mexican famililies in the neighborhood who have illegal fireworks several weeks before and after the 4th.  I nearly forgot about that.

  • Indigo Red

    Spiff, Lincoln has always had a large Mexican population so fireworks have always been available. Because the area is extreme rural, any restriction on sparkers is difficult to enforce even with Sacramento Sheriffs Deputies in attendance. We will have fire extinguishers handy.

    It’s the discharging of firearms that scares me. I was nearly hit by a falling .38 when I lived in Long Beach. Damned thing landed just feet from me. I beat a hasty retreat into the house.

  • Ymarsakar

    What goes up, must come down. Newtonian physics at its best. The people shooting bullets in the sky in Arabia and Persia… still haven’t figured that thing out yet.

  • jj

    Indians, Spiff, you need Idians.  Our neighborhood starts sounding like the battle of the Crimea by about the end of the first week in June, and it’ll go on resounding into mid-August while they expend whatever’s left over they didn’t sell. 

  • pst314

    When those Harvard leftists say that Republicans have “appropriated” the Fourth, what they mean is that they, regretting political consequences of spitting on the flag, now want to appropriate it from us. (With all sorts of rhetoric designed to equate patriotism with a do-everything, control-everyone superstate.)


    No, it’s not from The Onion, but it’s enough to make you cry – Grill Baby Grill !
    Fourth of July, the national celebration of combustion, presents an opportunity for atonement.
    ‘Fire Up the Grill, Not the Atmosphere…Food is responsible for 10 to 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions’

  • Charles Martel

    ‘Fire Up the Grill, Not the Atmosphere…Food is responsible for 10 to 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions’

    Omigaw! Do the Zachs know about this? Can we cut off their food supply?

  • Michael Adams

    Who cares?  My daughter-0in-law is pregnant!!!  Number three.   Due 18 February, my father’s yahrzeit.
    Nah, he wasn’t Jewish, but it’s still a very nice idea.

  • Charles Martel

    Michael Adams, congrats! Will the new one be close by? (You want to have access so that you can subvert the kid’s upbringing with grandparental indulgences.)

  • Bookworm

    Congratulations, Michael Adams.  In honor of the new baby, I’ve resurrected from the dusty corners of my brain a baby card I once bought for a friend.  On the front of the card, was a hand-drawn baby, completely swathed in blankets.  It was impossible to tell if it was a boy or a girl.  The message on the front of the card read “Which one is it?”

    Open the card and the completed message read “A doctor or a lawyer?”

    I hope your new grandchild has a limitless future, one that sees that baby growing up to any career he or she desires.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Congrats, Michael Adams. Great news! I suspect that your daughter-in-law’s’s baby will be spoiled rotten by Grandpa. 

    Be sure that your son and daughter-in-law bring the baby to a 4th of July parade right away after it is born, so that it can begin to get a proper education.

  • Ymarsakar


    (Congratulations in Japanese)

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  • Danny Lemieux

    I think that we in flyover land should keep July 4th to ourselves. I’m OK with that. The Left coast can celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the North East can celebrate May Day. We, in Illinois, meanwhile will celebrate Al Capone day and go on a crime spree to celebrate our heritage.

  • kali

    First, Michael–congratulations!
    Second, Danny, Al Capone Day is something only you Cook County types celebrate. We here down in flyover country squared celebrate our freedoms by going on mosquito hunts and falling into drainage ditches.

  • Danny Lemieux

    That’s true, Kali, but those of us up here in Crook County get to celebrate all year long, year after year!

  • Charles Martel

    kali, LOL!


    By way of introduction to the link below.
    “We’re not in Kansas anymore
    Who is there … read on.
    Supporters of Ayatollah Khomeini and the Islamic Republic of Iran are gathering in Kansas City this weekend, as the Muslim Congress convenes their annual national convention. The topic? “The Divine Concept of Freedom.” Apparently, the American concept of freedom is insufficient, and they’ve chosen July 4 to express their dissent.
    p.s. Michael, may you be blessed with a healthy grandchild.