Will the Fourth of July Survive?

One year ago — for the Fourth of July holiday, fittingly — this Whiskey & Gunpowder forum was proudly reborn after a long absence.

And at that time, America was humming right along, in so many ways. Our economy and stock market were ripping, employment was at record levels across the board, consumer confidence was high. For most of us, life was pretty good.

So if you’d told me back then that just a year later, we’d have 11% unemployment, 20% more national debt, and a GDP double-digits in the negative…

That our nation would be plunged into fear, despair and economic disaster by a viral pandemic that originated — one way or another — in America-hating China…

That anarchists had been allowed to seize and control territory in major U.S. cities, with a movement afoot to defund or abolish police departments…

And that historic monuments to Lincoln, Roosevelt, Columbus and others — not just long-dead Confederates — were being pulled down left and right…

I’d have told you to go get your head examined. Immediately.

Yet that’s exactly where we find ourselves this Fourth of July.

And aside from making me want to get my own head examined — in hopes that all this is just a hallucination brought on by eating rock salt as a kid or something…

It makes me wonder what all this chaos will mean for the most American of holidays

In many places across this nation, July 4th fireworks, parades and festivities were cancelled because of the coronavirus.

But what I’m worried about is the militantly PC “cancel culture” and burgeoning socialist movement in this country erasing Independence Day entirely…

Or radically transforming the holiday’s meaning from a celebration of our great country into a condemnation of it.

And before you call a shrink on my behalf for worrying about that, consider that the writing is pretty much already on the wall for this sort of revisionism.

For instance, right now, the Senate is weighing proposals to replace the Columbus Day federal holiday with the long-standing “Juneteenth” celebration of the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States.

Now don’t get me wrong. Like many of my fellow Americans, I’m all for the adoption of Juneteenth (June 19th) as a national holiday. It’s a great idea and long overdue…

But why has a movement to stop celebrating Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America gained so much momentum these last few years?

I know exactly why…

It’s because abolishing Columbus Day not-so-subtly implies that the world would be a better place today if that greedy European capitalist had never set foot on this continent and if America as we know it now had never existed.

Not only is this totally the wrong message to send to future generations about this country and what made it great — and to the world, about how we see ourselves…

But it’s clearly nothing but political pandering to a mob of entitled, indoctrinated snowflakes. And it calls into glaring relief just how much these younger generations differ from those that paved the way for the safe, pampered lives they enjoy.

According to a 2019 poll, 70% of college students were in favor of replacing Columbus Day with a holiday called Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Yet a pair of earlier polls of adults in the general (read: productive and employed) U.S. population found that nearly 60% supported keeping Columbus Day intact. Only 29% opposed the holiday outright.

So like I said, the handwriting’s on the wall. And the precedent of cancelling pro-American national holidays is dangerously close to being set.

Again, that’s because politicians of both parties know who’ll soon be running the show here in the United States — the roughly 150 million millennials and Generation Z’ers born after 1980. Many of these are “one world” types who are not fans of America, either by education, fashion statement, or both…

So the pachyderms and jackasses in Washington are going to have to suck up to all these brats if they’re going to survive. And that’s exactly what they’re doing with initiatives to abolish, replace, or otherwise marginalize things that celebrate America and its greatness.

Don’t kid yourself, folks. Both the Republicans and Democrats have the same ultimate goal: Self-preservation. In politics, that means dominance. And what the country they dominate stands for is less important to them than achieving and maintaining power — and converting it into their own personal wealth.

The bottom line is this: Politics dictates everything. And in a representative republic like the U.S., mass opinion dictates politics.

That’s why I fear for the future of the Fourth of July…

Because if Columbus can get cancelled in America, so can Yankee freakin’ Doodle

Lincoln famously said, “Our government rests in public opinion.”

So with that firmly in mind, let’s take a look at a few basic facts that show where American public opinion is headed…

Right now, just 17% of our nation’s people say they feel proud of America, with only 12% feeling satisfied with the state of our nation. More than half of us (53%) are not hopeful about our prospects for the near future.

Based on recent surveys and polls, a full 55% of American adults of all age groups now hold a neutral or positive view of socialism. And 47% of them now claim they’d vote for a qualified socialist candidate for president. That’s pretty shocking, isn’t it?

Perhaps not so shockingly, only 26% of Americans in the under-30 demographic hold an unfavorable view of socialism. Add this to the simple fact that the far-left candidate has won the popular vote tally in four out of the last five presidential elections — including the last three straight — and it’s easy to see which direction we’re headed as a nation…

And that direction does not look good for anything that celebrates a pioneering, capitalist, exceptional America, national holidays included. In the arenas of public opinion and governance nowadays, there are fewer and fewer “sacred cows” of patriotism. Today, everything about our country is in the crosshairs.

We saw this last summer, when the beloved “Betsy Ross” version of the American flag was maligned for its 13-star field representing the original colonies — all of which relied on slave labor, to one degree or another. But as I pointed out in my article on this scandal last July, the 13 red and white stripes on every version of Old Glory also stand for those original colonies…

So how long will it be before the current U.S. flag falls under protest as well?

Even as you read these words, the national anthem is under fire for its author’s connection to slavery. Poet or not, Francis Scott Key was a slave owner himself and defended other slaveholders in court. So on “Juneteenth” this year, they tore down his statue in San Francisco.

I hate to make this prediction, but mark my words…

By the time America’s 250th anniversary rolls around in 2026, we will have seen a concentrated political attack on the Fourth of July holiday. At least one serious attempt will be made to rename it, redefine it, or recast it in a negative context, perhaps even using the occasion of that historic anniversary as a rationale.

And when it happens, it’ll simply be the latest in a long succession of campaigns to transform all the vessels of American national pride — flags, anthems, monuments, holidays, songs, poems, etc. — into those of national shame and self-loathing.

But to me, this is only part of the tragedy… and not even the biggest part. The biggest part is the fact that by tearing down, destroying, or irrevocably changing all these things, we’ll diminish the greatest aspect of the American experiment…

Our ability and determination to change over time into something better.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again now: Our history, warts and all, is what has driven America ever forward toward greatness, via constructive change. To fully understand how we want to change, and what we want to be as a nation tomorrow, we NEED reminders of what we were yesterday all around us, all the time…

Reminders of where we started, what we once were, how far we’ve come, and how far we yet need to go. Sometimes, those reminders need to sting us a little, so we realize what’s truly at stake.

Because America is constantly being reborn in new ways that are supposed to nurture freedom and prosperity. And any kind of human birth (or rebirth) should start with a spank on the ass and a first breath of life-sustaining air, shouldn’t it?

That’s what our national holidays and flags and symbols are supposed to be for us: A kick in our asses to do better — and a fresh new breath of the sweet air of liberty.

Independently Yours,

Jim Amrhein

Jim Amrhein
Freedoms Editor, Whiskey & Gunpowder
WhiskeyAndGunpowderFeedback@StPaulResearch.com

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