Burch: Independence Day Madness

Friday, July 5, 2013 at 1:36pm

As I write this article on Independence Day, I am reminded that “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

While this sagacious saying has been attributed to Thomas Jefferson and various other luminaries, it is actually a rephrasing of John Philpot Curran, who in a 1790 speech on the right of election said: “It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.”

Unfortunately, most Americans not only fall far short of eternal vigilance, but are more like unsuspecting lambs being led meekly to the slaughterhouse door to be fleeced, then flayed. While Americans once again praise their particular brand of democracy to the skies this Fourth of July, an altogether obvious problem persists: if more than half the voters are easily deluded and led astray by wolves who don’t even bother to don sheep’s clothing, but nakedly parade their avaricious natures and cruel, self-serving intentions, how is there any hope of having a reasonably just system of government? How is there any hope of peace, or solvency for the masses who invariably pay the price of war after war, while the rich tycoons profit and artfully dodge their fair share of the rapidly mounting debt?

We live in a nation that praises its soldiers for their patriotism and courage, while seldom if ever questioning their wisdom. Is it wise for lambs to fight and die, so that cowardly wolves can prosper? As the Divine Oscar Wilde once pointed out, “A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”

And what about our children, who cannot be expected to know the truth if we fail to teach it to them? Millions of our soldiers were teenagers when they enlisted — children who from the cradle had been taught to believe that their country has noble values and intentions. Well, perhaps most of its citizens still do, but there is considerable evidence that its government doesn’t: the invasion of Iraq on false premises in a failed attempt to grab its oil fields, CIA drones executing people without trials in countries we aren’t at war with (yet) and repeatedly killing innocents who are blithely written off as “collateral damage,” billions of dollars in cash and weapons being lavished on warmongers like Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, etc.

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once pointed out, when a nation sows injustice, it can expect to reap the whirlwind, as we did on 9/11. But is the proper response to send our children to fight and die in a bizarre attempt to extract “justice” from the victims of our original national injustices? Or is the proper response to address, correct and remedy those injustices?

While I hate to rain on anyone’s Independence Day parade, and while I value our soldiers’ valor and patriotism as much as anyone, I feel compelled to point out that they are not fighting, being maimed and dying to protect American “values” or “democracy.” If our government had lived up to the stated American ideals of freedom, equality and justice for everyone, we would not be at war in the Middle East, where we have no natural enemies. If our government had honored the fundamental idea of democracy, which is that the people who live in a region have the right to rule themselves according to the wishes of the local majority rather than some foreign power, then obviously the CIA would not have engineered a coup of Iran’s democratically elected government in 1953’s Operation Ajax. Just as obviously, our government would not have plowed billions of dollars in cash and advanced weapons into Israel, knowing the Palestinian majority was being robbed of their land and water at gunpoint by a brutal military occupation, a process that still continues today under the euphemistic label “settlement expansion.”

Democracy ends when military superpowers like Napoleonic France, Nazi Germany, Stalinistic Russia, and today the U.S. and Israel flex their muscles, denying the people who live in a region the right to have a say in their own destinies. The American founding fathers risked their fortunes and lives to free themselves from the British monarchy’s imperialism. I wonder what they would say about our modern brand of American imperialism and its horrendous impact on the lives of native people in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Palestine. How many Iraqis would have ever said “boo” to us, if we had just left them alone and paid the going price for oil (which would have saved us trillions of dollars).

Today, Americans must ask themselves if “freedom” includes the liberty of our government to lie to our children, to train them to fight for a brand of military imperialism they deviously call “democracy,” then send them off to do the bidding of fascists like Bush Junior, Dick “The Penguin” Chaney, Donald Rumsfeld and other like-minded neocons who freely walk the halls of power despite their war crimes. Or must true freedom begin with the truth, meaning that the majority of voters in a democracy must remain eternally vigilant, and always vote with their eyes open, their ears unclogged and their powers of reason engaged? I, for one, suspect the latter.


Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

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95 Comments on this post:

By: yogiman on 7/7/13 at 6:30


You say Obama is an American citizen not once, but twice. Please explain that to me.

How can he be a natural born American citizen with a British subject father? And how can he be an American citizen if he was born in Kenya as he advertised for 16 years?

You state he was born in Hawaii. Why couldn't the Hawaiian governor find his birth certificate as he said he would when he went in office?

And, Mike, it has been proven in many sections of his "Hawaiian" birth certificate to be a false document.

Can you explain why his document number was higher than the number of twins born in the same hospital the day after him? Can you explain why the address shown in his birth announcement was that of his grandparents instead of his parents?

Could it be because, in 1961, those two papers(that worded the announcement the same) took those announcements without question of where the child was born?

Check the laws on his mother's requirements in 1961, Mike. She had to be a certain age to pass her citizenship down to a new born child.

By: yogiman on 7/7/13 at 8:37


If you have 10 of time, check out www.wnd.com/2010/06/166905/ and let me know what you think.

By: yogiman on 7/7/13 at 9:14

Got another 5 minutes, Mike? Go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtG6JNm0jp4/ and let me know what you think of a man who refused to honor (salute) the American flag or wear the flag pin in a political scheme.

In my 82 years of life, I've never known of any other person who claims to be an American citizen who has refused to honor the American flag.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/7/13 at 9:51

You are just too stupid to understand just how stupid you are, Comrade yogi.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/7/13 at 10:06

By: yogiman on 7/7/13 at 9:37
If you have 10 of time...

Just what is 10 of time Comrade, yogi?

By: bfra on 7/7/13 at 10:16

yogi - Check the laws on his mother's requirements in 1961, Mike. She had to be a certain age to pass her citizenship down to a new born child.
Show that Law, brainless blob LIAR!

By: bfra on 7/7/13 at 10:17

Nemo - DITTO! On you last 2 comments. Brainless blob doesn't comprehend anything.

By: bfra on 7/7/13 at 10:24

That s/h/b "On your"

By: yogiman on 7/7/13 at 10:25

You're so brilliant, bfra (as you think you are), look it up! I've shown it before and like you, I'm not going to show it to you again knowing you won't understand it even if you read it.

She had to be a certain age and live in the USA for a specified number of years before her birthday. She didn't qualify.

And if he was born in Kenya as he advertised for 16 years, she was too young to pass her citizenship down to him there. He was born a British subject.

If you're as smart as you think you are, prove me wrong, don't just say I am.

By: yogiman on 7/7/13 at 10:27

If you're as smart as you think you are, bfra, look at the two post I posted for Mike. Call Barry a liar, too.

By: bfra on 7/7/13 at 10:39

Brainless blob can't show what isn't there, so he just LIES, as usual. Brainless blob, be sure you remember to put your britches on today before going out side. It must be hard to get by with NO brains.

By: yogiman on 7/7/13 at 1:44


Was Barry's lawyer lying when she said his birth certificate was a forgery? I believe it is, how about you?


By: bfra on 7/7/13 at 2:53

Ah! Brainless blob is recognizing his real name! Good blob!

By: bfra on 7/7/13 at 2:57

Notice: If you pinpoint 1 of Brainless blob's LIES, he flipflops to another LIE.

By: yogiman on 7/7/13 at 4:58

That's only because you don't have the intelligence to understand what you're pretending to read.



By: Captain Nemo on 7/7/13 at 5:43

That is because Comrade yogi ain't got the intelligence to understand he is too stupid to understand.

By: yogiman on 7/7/13 at 8:40


If you have the intelligence and integrity, and are interested in saving our nation from being taken over by Mr. Usurper, read how the Supreme Court defined 'natural born citizen' in 4 cases.


If you don't care what happens to your children, just ignore it. If you have any grandchildren I suggest you read all four issues and learn what's going on in DC.

Or could it just possibly be the Supreme Court could be wrong?

By: yogiman on 7/8/13 at 6:02

An interesting test for you smart ones. How does the test you took in school compare? That is if you reached the 8th grade.


By: yogiman on 7/8/13 at 6:37

Question: Was Barack Obama born in Kenya or Hawaii? Why did he say he was proud to come back home when he went to Kenya in 2006? What did he mean by that comment?

RE: www.wnd.com/2012/09/video-obama-called-kenya-his-home/

By: yogiman on 7/8/13 at 7:06

On May 29, 2013, senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker made these two remarks via a spokesman/woman from their offices:

Alexander via spokesman Jim Jeffries: "I am carefully reviewing the bill that passes out of the judiciary Committee now and I will also review any amendments the Senate considers as we debate this issue. Our borders are not secure. Millions illegally here have de facto amnesty. At the same time we are excluding scientists and workers who could help grow our economy. It is the constitutional responsibility of the president and Congress to write the rules for a legal immigration system and then to enforce it. I will be voting to secure our borders, end de facto amnesty, and to establish an immigration system that respects the rule of law."

Corker via spokeswoman Laura Herzog: "No, he hasn't taken a position. The Judiciary Committee just completed the work, and we're still reviewing the bill they reported out of committee. Senator Corker is optimistic that we have an opportunity to do something that is productive for our country, but the details matter, and we expect there will be a lengthy debate with many amendments when the bill comes to the floor of the Senate."

Question: Alexander makes a comment about out needing of scientist and workers who could help grow our economy. What "workers" are needed that aren't Americans in the workforce now? Why should "scientists" be welcomed via illegal amnesty rather than other legal aspects of our constitution?

Of course Corker didn't say much but my question is: Why did they vote to give amnesty (welcome) to illegal aliens into our nation? Not only will there be "workers" and possibly "scientists", there will also be criminals whom they are welcoming.

With the work force of today, I would say we have all of the scientist and workers needed.

By: govskeptic on 7/8/13 at 7:29

The statement: "We have no natural enemies in the middle east", sounds extremely
odd to me. Before and after 9/11 I would suggest we have thousands of enemies
if not millions in the middle east, whether natural or not.

By: yogiman on 7/8/13 at 7:37

We still have them, govskeptic, and I'm not sure we don't have any now, locally.

By: budlight on 7/8/13 at 9:00

Yogi, this week I interviewed a woman with 3 kids. She could not remember the father's name. Finally one of the kids came up with the name and she said "oh that one is it". I almost dropped my teeth.

Where, you ask, was she from? Mexico! Of course. I am so tired of this type of freedom. They are free to rob us, while we lose our freedoms by the minute.

Oh and did you hear the new one from Crazy California? A law is going to Wacko Jerry Brown to sign which allows children to go to the bathroom of their choice and play on sports teams of their choice based on their gender identity. So if a boy says "I feel like I'm a girl" or vice versa for a girl, then a boy can go to the girls bathroom or play on a girl's sports team. So if some guy thinks he wants to be better in Tennis, he can probably claim he feels like he's a girl and play at Wimbledon in the future.

Look out, TN, what starts in Crazy California ends up here.

By: yogiman on 7/8/13 at 9:14

Yeah, I read that article about California. That will be just one step for the other states in our country to ruin our nation and society. It makes me wonder; just how many "queers" do we have in government?

I think such actions confirm homosexuals in government positions aren't intelligent, they're just queer.

And, budlight, If this amnesty bill is passed by the criminals we have in congress, we can kiss the "good ole USA" goodbye. Barry will taken it over without firing a shot.

I say criminals in congress because it's a crime to knowingly and willingly give aid to an known criminal. And all illegal aliens are criminals. And these betrayers (congress) are saying to hell with the USA.

And regrettably we have a number on this board backing them.

By: budlight on 7/8/13 at 9:50

Yogi, at the Y where I workout, they "unisexed" the 2 bathrooms which most people used. One had been male; the other one female. This lasted about 30 days or so. They had so many complaints, they switched back to Male and Female.

I have serious doubts about these people who think that just because one or two kids have these identity issues, that the whole world should bow down to them. If 95% of the population is OK with separate bathrooms, then the 5% need to get a grip and get adjusted to it.

Actually, this opens the door for racial issues. For instance, a white person could say "I am a white man, but I identify with black females and I want to go to a specific school based on that . . . or I want a special minority loan based on my identifying with black females".

But the sports part is a real no brainer. An under achieving male athlete can now say "I identify with being a woman" and play on women's sports teams.

Crazy world we live in.

By: yogiman on 7/8/13 at 11:37

I just heard on the news where so many employers are dropping their employees from 40 hours a week to 30 hours a week. The employer now has 40 employers working 30 hours per week.

Odd, isn't it; more employees working less hours but the company is receiving the same amount of hours each week.

The company's advantage? They don't have to provide health insurance to their employees so they're getting the equal amount of time at a less expense.

They also commented about the number of employees being laid off or put on shorter hours.

Ain't it great Barry can spend millions for their (his family) vacations and weekenders with the money left over from the fewer employees?

By: yogiman on 7/8/13 at 12:20

Appalling. It is noted the number of people receiving food assistance has risen to more than 101 million people today. That makes them more than the private sector of workers in the US. There's just over 97 million private workers in the US.

RE: cnsnews.com/news/article/101m-americans-get-food-aid-federal-gov-t-more-number-private-sector-workers/

Read it and weep, folks. It's just betting started.

By: budlight on 7/8/13 at 1:56

And I just moved from the non-believer to believer category when it comes to being spied on. OMG! I was looking up my property on the Assessor's website. I just clicked on the site and it had a "google" map to click on. In April 2013 Google Map shows my car turning right from OHB on to my street. OMG. My car means me driving it. These people are absolutely taking away our privacy. Why do they have my car turning on to my street?

I'm amazed that the libs are letting them get away with it. If they are filming me, Libs, they are filming you also. Where does it stop?

By: yogiman on 7/8/13 at 2:10


I'm a little confused. I read your post regarding your friend, Mickey, stating his feeling of the USA and his efforts for equality. Yet you see me as a hater of the USA because I want an official president in the Oval Office.

You've claimed to post where I'm wrong in my postings on the qualification to be a natural born citizen. But you've never questioned the writings of what the Supreme Court and the First and Thirst Sessions of congress wrote to qualify for entrance into the race for that office.

I remember well the three young men getting murdered in the days of segregation. And I also remember where I was at on the day Dr. Martin Luther King made his famous march in Montgomery Alabama. I was in the middle of that crown that was opposing Dr. King.

Was I in that crowd opposing Dr. King? No, I was in that crowd as a U.S. Marshal to protect Dr. King if the ones in my assigned area went berserk.

I never saw Dr. King when he came by my assigned area because I was constantly looking into the crowd with a "just in case" thought. We were amazed that crowd was awful quite when Dr. King came by and I never saw him. I really didn't even know when he was going by looking into the crowd prepared to stop any assault they might make.

A very memorable day that makes me wonder what Dr. King would be thinking about if he was alive today.

By: yogiman on 7/8/13 at 2:23

Don't be amazed of the libs, budlight, they're in the game with Barry.

As I posted earlier about over one third of our population now on food assistance; how many of them do you think will oppose Barry for his handouts?

Throw in over 11 million illegal aliens on that amnesty bill and you can kiss the USA goodbye. Barry will have absolute control with congress' hands.... behind their backs.

And I hope I'm lying, bfra.

By: dargent7 on 7/8/13 at 2:31

Yogi's constant yammering about Obama's status, "a natural born citizen" remeinds me of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.... where did he get his Doctorate? Or, the Reverand Jesse Jackson or the Rev. Al Sharpton ..when did they get their Divinity degrees?
No one has ever questioned their college or cirriculum.
Yet yogi always asks, "Who is this person in the White House"?

By: MamaG on 7/8/13 at 2:35

yogi, this is a simple read. Try to comprehend it and stfu about YOUR president. It matters not what you think of him. NO ONE cares what you think of him. GET OVER IT ALREADY!!! You don't have that much longer to 'tolerate' him, so why not enjoy your life and let go of the anger and hostility toward someone you don't even know and never will.
That is, unless someone were to point you out. You sound like the kind of idiot who would shoot the president because you think, incorrectly, that he is from Kenya.
While I'm here, let me also point out to you that I am tired of your (and budlight sidney's) intolerance of Latinos and gays in general. Bigots and racists have no place here. You both claim to be bible-thumpers, so let me remind you, Jesus died for the sins of the WORLD. That means everyone, in every country, in every walk of life. Not just white American dumbasses, although he died for your sins too.

By: yogiman on 7/8/13 at 4:33

You're absolutely right, MamaG. No one cares what I think of him. And no, I don't know the man... and neither do you nor anyone of you who supports him so vividly.

And natural born citizen status? I prefer what our First and Third Sessions of congress affirmed and what the Supreme Court decided on 4 cases. How about you, do you think they are all wrong?

Tell me, MamaG, was Barry lying when he advertised he was born in Kenya for 16 years?
Also tell me how he could be a natural born American citizen with a Kenyan father who was a British subject.

And you're right, MamaG. I don't have much longer to tolerate him, but unless you're as old as I, you could have the rest of your life to tolerate him. Good luck.

By: yogiman on 7/8/13 at 4:53


It doesn't matter if Dr. King earned a doctorate degree or was just titled. The same goes with Jackson and Sharpton. They are just leaders in their religious organizations. But your man Barry is in one of the most powerful offices on this earth and you can bet your a$$ it's important to know just who in the hell he is. That is, unless you're ready for his takeover of the USA.

I think you and you friends on this site should all go back and take a few lessons on civics and learn what our founders meant when they wrote the Constitution.

You had better quit sleeping so long and wake up to what's going on in this nation. That is, unless you're ready for a dictator to place you under control.

And read about the sessions of the First and Third Congresses. Also read about the findings of the Supreme Court on the 4 cases regarding natural born status.

Was Congress wrong for placing that requirement in their sessions? Was the
Supreme Court wrong in their findings?

If so, what do we need with a Congress and Supreme Court?

By: yogiman on 7/8/13 at 5:10


I've read that wiki encyclopedia version you suggested. Did I read it wrong? It mentions parents being "citizens", not a citizen.

So tell me, if anyone who is born in the United States is given citizenship even though their parents are illegal aliens, they can run for the president's office when they reach the age of 35 and have lived in the US at least 15 years?

Does that, then, make it okay for someone to become president even if they refuse to identify themselves and prove they're legally an American citizen?

Have we bypassed that natural born status?

And tell me, by what law did Obama become a natural born citizen after he lost his citizenship when he became an Indonesian citizen?

Wake up, MamaG.

By: yogiman on 7/8/13 at 6:35

Correction, MamaG, It s/h/b "it mentions PARENTS, not parent". sorry.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/8/13 at 7:26

Comrade yogi, can't think.

By: yogiman on 7/8/13 at 7:38

True, bumba$$,

I can't think like you. Thank God!

By: yogiman on 7/9/13 at 6:11

Are we Tennesseans ready for police control power? Are you Nashvillians ready for police (FBI) control power?

Interesting: www.wnd.com/2013/07/video-outrage-cop-power-trips-on-innocent-man/?cat_orig=us/


What does our Constitution mean? That the government has the rights to be over us by power? I've always thought the police were to protect us, not domineer us.

By: bfra on 7/9/13 at 7:39

More troll droppings!

By: yogiman on 7/9/13 at 7:43

Hang in there, bfra, you're exposing your ignorance and your arrogance more every day. And boy are you ignorant.

By: dargent7 on 7/9/13 at 11:49

Yogi: Only YOU, "don't know who this man is...":
Who are you? You're 82 and nobody knows who you are or gives a damn.
Obama turns 52 on Aug. 4th, and his resume is on-line since he was 12.
Read it.
He didn't "renounce" his American citizenship because he attended school in Indonesia. How fu!ckin' stupid can you be to claim that?
The guy changed his name from Barack Hussein Obama II to Barry Sorento, his step dad's name. At 12, he wasn't trying to hide or escape anything.
Half of the US population has different names based on their parents divorce and re-marriage.
You want to get him? Fine with me..base it on his policies. Not stupid minor sh!t that half of all Americans engage in.
Like I'm sure he just knew he'd be President one day....

By: yogiman on 7/9/13 at 12:47

Your postings on this site are so ignorant I don't know where to begin, dargent7. If you went to college they must have expelled you for ignorance.

You're right; I'm 82 years old scaring the hell out of 83, but you're wrong; quite a few people give a damn about me.

And no, dargent7, he didn't renounce his American citizenship if he was born in Kenya because he wasn't one.

He advertised he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii until he entered the race in 2007. If he was born in Kenya as he advertised, he was born as a British subject, not as an American citizen. Why did it take him 16 years to deny that ad?

You don't renounce your citizenship when adopted, dargent7, it's taken from you.

Please explain how he became a natural born American citizen from his Indonesian citizenship? The biggest question is is he even an American citizen?

By: yogiman on 7/9/13 at 1:20

If you Obama fans aren't fellow communist with him, you might want to read an interesting article where the communist party is taking over the Senate. They're already in the House


By: yogiman on 7/9/13 at 4:55

Is justice about to be undone? After all of the evidence presented; did Zimmerman murdered Martin intentionally?

If he did, he went through actions to lay down on the ground and let Trayvon straddle him and swing a few good punches before he pulled his pistol our of his pocket and shot him.

If Zimmerman is found guilty from all of the evidence I've watched on TV, justice will be thrown into the outhouse. He will have to have been found guilty because of the fear of race riots that's been/being noted and published from day one on that trial.

Just should be done. If that causes riots over this nation it will put segregation back in the lime lights.