The lines above were inspired by this 1995 New York Times headline (which I clipped at the time & posted on my office wall)
As I wrote on this blog a year ago: On Independence Day, I salute all those folks who have fought and are fighting for liberty and refusing to submit to oppression in their daily lives. I also salute everyone who makes the effort and often the sacrifices to secure their own personal independence. Government has become far more oppressive and intrusive in recent decades. But we still have enough freedom to left to make it hot – at least sporadically – for politicians who trample the Constitution. I am encouraged to see so many folks refusing to tolerate official BS and trampling of their rights.
The photo shows a New York Times headline I taped to my office wall in 1995, where it still remains. “For Chechens in Mountains, Fighting is Winning” is a reminder that fighting for freedom, by itself, is a vindication of freedom. It is not so important what the current Congress or this president does or fails to do. What matters is that people continue fighting for their own freedom and standing up for their rights. (I am no apologist for Chechen terrorists, but the long history of the Chechens being oppressed by the Czars, the Soviets, and by the Russians after the fall of the Soviet Union does a lot to explain Chechens’ resistance.).
#4thofJuly2018 My favorite fireworks are the sound and feel of my Smith & Wesson .357 as I blast through boxes of ammo.
— James Bovard (@JimBovard) July 4, 2018