Happy July 4th!

With a birthday that falls very close to July 4, I’ve always been quite proprietorial about this holiday.  One small part of my brain, while watching fireworks, always thinks “For me?  Why thank you!”

Fortunately, that’s only a smart part of my brain at work.  The bigger part of my brain has a more noble thought:  the best birthday gift in the world is that I am an American, born into a country that, by its founding charter, maximizes individual freedom and minimizes government control over people’s lives.

This year, we are very much at a crossroads.  In 2008, the American people decided to experiment by granting virtually unlimited political power to a cadre of people who have faith only in government, and who view the American people as infantile ignoramuses who can function only under the direction of self-styled experts.  This experiment has seen these experts abandon the contractual relationship that is supposed to control the various branches of government in their relationship to each other and in their relationship to the people.  I will not do a parade of grievances here (you can readily compile your own), but I will note that it was a parade of grievances resulting from overwhelming government pressure that, in 1776, led the American colonists to part ways with Britain.  Historically, Americans don’t like to be pushed around.

My hope for the coming election is that Americans find their backbone and their maturity.  Both backbone and maturity can be scary.  An adult, looking at a sleeping baby, thinks how delightful it must be to be coddled and bathed and fed and sheltered, all with minimal effort on the baby’s part.

What adults forget is how desperately children seek out and fight for freedom and responsibility as they grow.  From the toddler’s “No,” to the five-year-old’s “I can do this myself,” to the teenager’s “You’re not the boss of me,” our development shows that we are programmed to be self-governing.  To deny us that growth is to arrest our development in ways that can only stunt us, whether we’re viewed as individuals or a nation.

For reasons unique to me, Bookworm will continue to be my nom de cyber in the coming year.  However, on Facebook, which is my main point of intellectual (as opposed to social) contact with my corporeal (as opposed to cyber) friends, I am much more aggressively pursuing a conservative agenda.  When people make some fatuous liberal statement, I politely ask them to develop that thought, and then equally politely point out the holes in their reasoning and their facts.  With increasing frequency, I’m posting articles that challenge liberal paradigms.  I do the same in face-to-face conversations.  Confrontation is not my style, but I continuously strive to following Dennis Prager’s dictum to “prefer clarity to agreement” (keeping in mind that clarity often leads to agreement).

One of the things that will help you catch the holes in liberal arguments is to read Jonah Goldberg’s The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas. This book gives operating instructions for spotting the conversational tricks that liberals use to shut down conversations without actually having to touch upon substantive issues.  You can’t fight what you can’t see.  These clichés obscure ideas, leaving hapless conservatives fighting chimeras.  Their use also suggests either that liberals have no idea what they’re talking about (the majority, probably) or that they’re very busy hiding the ball (the dangerous power-brokering minority).

The other thing you can do, and this is just for fun, is to help out my friends at Madison Rising.  I’ve blogged here before about their Star Spangled Banner, which I thought was spine tingling.  The guys have now issued a challenge:

Let’s show Press and Tosh – and everyone else – that we still believe in this country and our National Anthem.

Take the Challenge: Help Madison Rising reach 1 million views & downloads by Election Day (November 6th).

Watch the video NOW. If you like what you see, download the song from one of the sites below. [Go to this link for the download sites.]

Happy Independence Day, Everyone!  It’s a great day to be an American.

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  • DirtyJobsGuy

    Good Ideas Book,
    One other thing.    Go after every College student you know.  They are naive but not as hardened as many older liberals.   They are also looking for a cause.  The left gives them lots and lots of “causes” and most students are not yet thinking about home and family.   
    Most are astonished when I tell them you will work at something for 40-50 years and you cannot predict what that will be.    Let them know this is a feature, not a bug.  Introduce them to older people who have done astonishing things not related to their education or first job.   Slowly show them that the Left want’s to lock them into a slot and never ever let them out.
    Freedom matters, especially to the young.

  • https://picasaweb.google.com/102427392960537405774 Kevin_B

    I recognize your feelings about confrontation and speaking your mind, Bookworm, albeit in my case it is usually about slightly different topics.
    Anyway, I wish you and your fellow Americans a great and happy 4th of July. I don’t really know what you do on a day like this, but I wish you pleasure doing so. I suggest you do something you like doing today, in freedom.
    Best wishes.

  • http://photoncourier.blogspot.com David Foster

    I linked this in comments at Chicago Boyz.


  • http://bigfoodetc.blogspot.com Marica

    Well dang! Almost makes we sorry I left fb. 

    Don’t know what others will be doing be we and our guests will have a few beers, some great food, and read the Declaration of Independence before we set off some fireworks. 

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    Not particularly my style of music, but Wowsers!!  I really did enjoy that…..
    And what a GREAT answer to “Would you put it on your iPod?”
    They have a bunch of other “freedom-oriented” songs over on the right – the Right to Bear was great, too.
    Nice to see young rockers who love America and want everyone to know.

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