Happy Independence Day

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  1. boobjob

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    Hope everyone has a great 4th. I love to celebrate that all men are created equal.
     
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    What about women? Gays and lesbians? Blacks, Latinos, Asians..... The US is ripe with inequities. It's starting to get better but has a long way to go. I wish it was truly Independence Day. And there's definitely no first amendment....but my dog can buy a gun at the corner convenience store.
     
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    Out of the frying pan and into the burner.
     
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    It's going to be a hard day for me and my family :( .....
    Hope everyone has a Happy and Safe 4th
     
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    In honor of the Fourth of July, here are the 5 most patriotic and greatest all-american songs ever written.

    #5) The Star Spangled Banner, Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock
    The list has to include the national anthem, and Jimi did it best.rendition in front of a grows of young people afraid of their government and prepared to fight to take it back
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2ALNd3kIH0

    #4) Red, White, and Blue, Lynyrd Skynyrd
    A lot of people wrote a patriotic song after 9/11, they did it best. About the best characteristic of the american people, unity.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-ZQ5T8wjsg

    #3) Reminding us of the diversity of our country, and that we all share the same ideals overall. ".. and those who run this land, will help the poor and common man. This is our country."
    This is our Country- John Mellencamp - YouTube

    #2) Greatest protest song ever written. In a time when the government really was going in the wrong direction, the musicians mobilized the young people to help steer it.
    Bruce Springsteen - Born In The U.S.A. - YouTube

    #1) Saved the best for last: Can't have a list of greatest patriotic songs without mentioning Bob Dylan. He grew up watching his government build the most terrifying weapons ever conceived in a mutual suicide pact with the USSR. So he reached for his guitar and told the people that something needed to change; to try to mobilize his fellow youth to steer us away from the brink of certain nuclear genocide.
    Bob Dylan - Masters of War (Original) - YouTube

    These five songs are about the best in americans to me :)
     
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    I already did the most american songs, here are the 5 most american photographs ever taken:

    America was founded by overthrowing tyranny. There was once a time where our own government was taken over by war mongering tyrants. In a mutual suicide pact, they build up their nuclear arsenal while the young people organized a peaceful resistance. We overthrew our tyrants through voting and love instead of violent civil war. That's the greatest thing about america: the system works. When bad people try to take control, we don't need violence to remove them.
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    When faced with real evil, the USA is ready and willing to fight for freedom across the world. Here we lost a lot of men, but we won and planted our flags marking this area as conquered for justice.
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    When the country comes under attack, our military wins the war, but our country comes together to fix itself here at home. Here New York City works like the well oiled machine that it is to pull men and women from the rubble and erect a flag in a symbol of "we're still standing."
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    These blurry images was probably the most profound video ever broadcast. In creating the world's most powerful weapons, we found a peaceful outlet for our missile technology by hurling three brave americans a quarter of a million miles through space to symbolically leave our cradle and join the ranks of space traveling species. It is mankind's single most significant achievement. On their ride, left on the moon, a plaque reads: "HERE MEN FROM THE PLANET EARTH FIRST SET FOOT UPON THE MOON JULY 1969, A.D. WE CAME IN PEACE FOR ALL MANKIND" Only the USA has done it, it gives us the final say in every debate over which is the greatest country on earth. You simply can't top "we first put a man on the moon."
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    In the 1960s the young people of america realized that there was something wrong. A quarter of a million people marched to stand in the symbolic shadow of a great american man who had seen and righted a grave injustice to hear one of the most american speeches ever given. In almost every other country in the world the blacks would have had to pick up guns to fight for their freedom, but not here. Our system may break from time to time, but it's set up in such a way that it can be fixed without resorting to violence. Some may have seen non-violence as hopeless, but Dr. King had faith that the system would work, and it did. That's why this is the most american photograph ever taken.
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    Hello what 4th why men celebrate that day what is it about ?
     
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    Read the two posts I made. It's the USA's birthday, we celebrate our ideals: freedom, justice, peace.
     
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    Yes, we celebrate where minorities have fewer rights, where gays and lesbians are oppressed, where women earn 70% of their male counterparts, where corporations run the country.
     
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    So I guess backcheck isn't watching fireworks tonight?
     
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    Ninja. Thanks for the song selections and photos.
     
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    Nope, not until we are truly free and equal.
     
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    Exactly, our ideals, not our government.
     
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    Btw backcheck. You are right about the need for equal rights. That is why the declaration is a centerpiece at gettysburg , seneca falls and washington dc when MLK told us that he had a dream.