Independence Day hypocrisy

posted by
July 4, 2011
Freedom's Phoenix
by Stephen Lendman  
Posted in Commentary

"All US federal holidays wreak of hypocrisy, representing notions and events other than what they commemorate. Besides Christmas, none perhaps is more celebrated than when America became independent from Britain on July 4, 1776. Coming in the summer, parades, outings, barbecues, other celebratory events, and baseball highlight the day for many -- relaxing, not reflecting on the same independence we deny nations globally, waging imperial wars and other ways to prevent it." (07/05/11)  
  • Americans did NOT become independent from England on July 4th, 1776. It is the day they declared their independence. The war to free us did not end until October of 1783.

  • Ruth,

    I guess it's debatable, but in my opinion the United States were de facto independent even before July 4, 1776.

    The Second Continental Congress functioned as a provisional government independent of the British Empire starting in May of 1775, and the Articles of Confederation, while not ratified until 1781, were in general force by mid-1777.

    If you can field an army to enforce your independence for eight years until that independence is acknowledged, you were independent the whole time.

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