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Declare Independence from Social Media. Do This Instead

The American Revolution started in a tavern. Actually, it started in many taverns. But taverns they were. J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis hatched their greatest novels in The Eagle and Child tavern in Oxford. If you want to be as great as the founding fathers or as prolific as Tolkien and Lewis, get off social media and get to a bar. I’m going to tell you why. #1: Social Media Breed Depression and Anxiety The more time you spend on Facebook, the more likely you are to suffer depression, attempt suicide, and feel overwhelmed by life. Read more →

Greatest 4th of July! WrestlemaniaCNNTakeDown! (Video)

President Trump makes everything better. Everything. And this video, which he just tweeted, made this 4th of the July the best since 1776. (Click twice to get play this video) #FraudNewsCNN #FNN pic.twitter.com/WYUnHjjUjg — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017 The left and CNN will, of course, be outraged. They don’t have a sense of humor. President Trump has a fine sense of humor. I can see the grin on his face as he tapped out “#FraudNewsCNN” and hit the send button. Read more →

The Best We Can Do: Freedom and Independence For America

Tim Gerrity: We may not always get what we want. We may not always get what we need. Just so’s we don’t get what we deserve! –True Colors, 1991 Do you ever get the feeling we’re getting exactly what we deserve? As the Crisis deepens, 13ers will feel little stake in the old order, little sense that their names and signatures are on the social contract. They will have reached full adult maturity without ever having believed in either the American Dream or American exceptionalism. Read more →

Why I Am Skipping Independence Day This Year

July 4th became my favorite holiday in 1981, replacing Christmas. Maybe it was a sign of my maturity. It was also a sign of the times. After a ten-year hiatus, patriotism was chic again, thanks to Ronald Reagan. Here’s a few other things that made me fall in love with Independence Day: * Fireworks—who doesn’t love blowing stuff up? * Parties * VP Fair (tragically renamed to Fair St. Read more →

Thank You, Harvard

A Harvard study recently concluded that attending American Independence Day celebrations could turn kids into Republicans. The reason 4th of July creates Republicans has nothing to do with patriotism and everything to do with education. Here’s why: * On July 4th, we celebrate the Declaration of Independence, not the founding of the United States. (That would come with the passage of the Constitution thirteen years later). * July 4th events teach kids—in an environment free from teacher-union propaganda—the _reasons_ we broke from England. Read more →

Meditate on This, Why Don’t You?

I was 18 and a college freshman. It was a Tuesday night in October. My 1970 Chevy Impala felt wide open in the fifty-degree air and the smell of freshly fallen leaves. I drove through Forest Park feeling the rhythm of the yellow street lights as I moved between light and dark. “Memory” from Cats came on the radio. I lit a Camel (no filter). I was free. In America, we often think of independence as a collective thing. Read more →

Tax Day Tea Party and other news

UPDATE: NOTHING TENTATIVE ABOUT IT Repeal the Pork and Cut Taxes The next Tea Party event is April 15: Tax Day. Learn more at Tax Day Tea Party. Register for the St. Louis event on FaceBook today. Tell your friends. Possible locations include the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, the Federal Reserve Building, and several others. LOCATION: KIENER PLAZA, St. Louis, MO 63101 Repeal the Pork and Learn the Constitution Read more →