Untold Truths About the American Revolution By Howard Zinn (2009; repost)

Repost from July 4, 2009

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Excerpt from The Progressive July 3, 2009
July 4, 2014

There are things that happen in the world that are bad, and you want to do something about them. You have a just cause. But our culture is so war prone that we immediately jump from, “This is a good cause” to “This deserves a war.”

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Put Away The Flags by Howard Zinn (repost; 2006)

American Exceptionalism Exceptions

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Repost from July 3, 2010

by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at The Progressive (2006)
July 4, 2014

On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

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Put Away The Flags by Howard Zinn (2006; repost)

American Exceptionalism Exceptions

Image by Jagz Mario via Flickr

Repost from July 3, 2010

by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at The Progressive (2006)
July 4, 2013

On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

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Untold Truths About the American Revolution By Howard Zinn (repost)

Repost from July 4, 2009

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Writer, Dandelion Salad
Excerpt from The Progressive July 3, 2009
July 4, 2013

There are things that happen in the world that are bad, and you want to do something about them. You have a just cause. But our culture is so war prone that we immediately jump from, “This is a good cause” to “This deserves a war.”

You need to be very, very comfortable in making that jump.

The American Revolution—independence from England—was a just cause. Why should the colonists here be occupied by and oppressed by England? But therefore, did we have to go to the Revolutionary War?

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A Leftist Guide to the Fourth of July by Billy Wharton (repost)

by Billy Wharton
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
Examiner.com
originally published July 4, 2011
July 4, 2011

Statue of Liberty

Image by stewartmorris via Flickr

A neighbor illustrated the problem with the Fourth of July. He broke out a new bumper sticker for his car just in time for the annual celebration. The sticker promoted the US Navy with the slogan, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of all those who oppose us.” This twisted take on the spirit of the day is a perfect illustration of the worst American chauvinism that often pushes leftists and other progressives away from the holiday. However, as historians such as Howard Zinn have demonstrated, there are alternatives – there is a counter-narrative to American history that represents ordinary people. The Fourth of July is the perfect opportunity to discover it.

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A Leftist Guide to the Fourth of July by Billy Wharton

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A Leftist Guide to the Fourth of July by Billy Wharton

by Billy Wharton
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
Examiner.com
July 4, 2011

Statue of Liberty

Image by stewartmorris via Flickr

A neighbor illustrated the problem with the Fourth of July.  He broke out a new bumper sticker for his car just in time for the annual celebration.  The sticker promoted the US Navy with the slogan, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of all those who oppose us.”  This twisted take on the spirit of the day is a perfect illustration of the worst American chauvinism that often pushes leftists and other progressives away from the holiday.  However, as historians such as Howard Zinn have demonstrated, there are alternatives – there is a counter-narrative to American history that represents ordinary people.  The Fourth of July is the perfect opportunity to discover it.

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The Missing Words in Our Declaration of Independence, Oath of Office, & US Citizenship Oath by Sibel Edmonds

by Sibel Edmonds
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
July 3, 2011

Welcome to the united police state of america

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“I hereby declare, on oath, that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic”-Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to USA

Yesterday, as I was walking among grocery shelves, I passed by thousands of packaged hotdogs, hundreds of cases of beer, and mounds of hamburger buns displayed  in special Fourth of July promotions. Continue reading

Do you feel independent on Independence Day? By Jerry Mazza

By Jerry Mazza
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.jerrymazza.com
July 2, 2010

Before “Old Glory” gets raised, the burgers and dogs go on the grill; before the potato salad and coleslaw and other goodies get heaped on your plate, let me lay this pickle next to them… .

First, do you feel independent if you’re one of the 10 to 20 percent of America’s unemployed facing your benefits being cut?

Do you feel independent if your voices expressed in the US government, the Congress and President, seem to be in the pockets of all those multi-large corporations they should be monitoring?

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Happy Co-Dependence Day by Cindy Sheehan

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By Cindy Sheehan
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
July 4, 2009

The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change is to establish the sanctity of human life, the dignity of man, the right of every human being to liberty and well-being. — Emma Goldman

One of the reasons, in my opinion, that so many people are ready, willing, able and yes, eager to succumb to “hope,” is because most of us believe that true change is not possible.

In our heart of hearts, do we really think that Obama is an agent of change for the people? Have we not been fooled, yet again? So, we lay all of our hopes and dreams for a better life on one person and allow the inevitable heartache of betrayal to wash over us and once again drown us in disappointment when that person turns out to be just another politician. Politicians just act like politicians because we always let them.

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Independence Day At Nathan’s Famous By Brant Lyon

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By Brant Lyon
Dandelion Salad
July 2, 2009

Hot dogs agog     hot dogs a-gag
godblessamerica how you love to eat!
Except  the Japs’ rising son’s
been  whipping us into shape
and taking the belt    a WWF cinch
girding an impossibly thin waist
for all that conveyor belt abundance.
Don’t let the sun set on Empire
don’t choke!
We’ve wriggled out of toy Toyotas
and climbed back into the driver’s seat.
A high-riding Cadillac Esplanade SUV.
Or is that a Humvee?  Is that hot dog Osama
under the boardwalk getting it on
with an all-American chick     a doo-wop
do-rag on his head?
The idea of it gives you gas
at $2.49 and 12 miles to the gallon.
A man’s gotta eat    as many as he can
in the ten-minute throwdown    a carnival
showdown  before  a glorious July sunset concedes
to the rosy glow of the midway.
More    more!    This is no time to think.
A brave native son in an A-shirt will steal
a kiss from his babe     rock
their caged cradle above the treetops
shove his tongue down her throat
that breathless dizzy moment the Wonder Wheel
spins them to the top of the world.
Water sprays from the showerheads of a fake palm tree
on Coney’s strand.
A public convenience to wash the burning
sand off your godblessedamerican feet.

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photo credit: D. Cloherty

Nathan’s International July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest is held every year on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Aves. in Coney Island at the flagship store of Nathan’s Famous Corporation. At last year’s event, the 93rd, six-time champ Takeru “Tsunami” Kobayashi and defending champ Joey Chestnut were tied with a prodigious intake of 59 hot dogs each, inhaled in ten minutes. Chestnut finally won in a five-dog “eat off” just after. The contestants were cheered on by over 30,000 spectators, and watched by an additional 1.5 million households in the US as it was broadcast live exclusively on ESPN. Following the 2007 event Kobayashi was reported to have come down with arthritis of the jaw, unable to open his mouth more than the width of his finger.

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photo credit: D. Cloherty

BRANT LYON is an ‘artivist’ living in Brooklyn, NY. Keeping it down to three squares a day, he knows corporatized entertainment has got him hopelessly outpaced; and though he observes that the business of America may still be Big Business, laments that Coney Island just ain’t what it used to be. His poetry/prose, has appeared in Rattle, Lullwater Review, Medicinal Purposes, BigCityLit, and numerous other journals and anthologies. Brant otherwise conflates poetry with music, as a composer and performer, both in his NYC reading series, Hydrogen Jukebox, and in his newly released poemusic CD, Beauty Keeps Laying Its Sharp Knife Against Me (Logochrysalis 2008).

Barbecuing Iraqis on the 4th of July By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
July 1, 2009

Thoughts of a Summer Solstice:  What Are We Now?

Those who study signs and omens may find the conjunction of Father’s Day and the summer solstice on the very same day—a mere 13 days before the onanistic, self-congratulatory celebrations of the birth of our lost Republic, with its concomitant nod to the “wisdom” of the “Founding Fathers”—a matter for concern, or whimsy … or fantastic speculation and extrapolation.  The rest of us will mutter “mere coincidence,” rush to the malls to remember dear old dad, fire up the grills, and wonder perhaps if time is shrinking?

After all, wasn’t it just a few days ago, on “Memorial Day,” that we unfurled the flags, honoring the Empire’s liveried fallen?  That was for a war that started 95 years ago and seems never to have ended—since the “enemy” is still at the gates and threatening anew our long lost Republic.

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