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Declaration of Independence
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    * College Humor imagines a more modern signing of the Declaration.

    * "Me Romney. You HuffPo."

    * McSweeney's asks: Glam rocker or U.S. President?

    * Are you smarter than a 5-year-old's understanding of American History?

    * High school photos of 69 of your favorite politicians.

    * Mitt Romney gets some much-needed sexual appeal cred, from The Onion.

    Tags: Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, Benjamin Franklin, College Humor, Daily Links, Declaration of Independence, Huffington Post, Mitt Romney
  • How Barack Obama and Thomas Jefferson Ruined Independence Day

    Was your 4th of July "Lemon, wet, good," like Mitt Romney's lemonade? If so, you're lucky, because for many conservative activists the day was Obama, Muslim, bad.

    This time, the freakout was precipitated by Barack Obama's promotion of the DREAM Act before an audience of newly naturalized Americans. The outrage is best summed up on Twitchy, a site named for the seizure-like reaction readers experience when spending more than five minutes on the Michelle Malkin-led Twitter aggregator…

    Is there anything President Obama doesn't have the self-serving gall to politicize? The president decided that today's naturalization ceremony for immigrants serving in the United States military was a sweet opportunity to talk up a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants…

    The country Obama loves is one where the president welcomes new citizens by forcing them to hear about amnesty on the very day they take the oath of citizenship. What a disgrace.

    You know who else used July 4th (or actually, the 2nd) to politicize immigration? The guys who wrote and signed the Declaration of Independence

    He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

    How dare Thomas Jefferson politicize the Declaration of Independence with a mention of opening American borders to more immigrants? Where is his birth certificate? Is he even a Christian? He was a what? What the hell is a deist?

    Shouldn't the Founders have had the foresight to know that the appropriators of their political legacy would one day be very keen on being pro-Jesus, but only one Jesus damnit, because the other Jesuses can go back to Mexico? How inconsiderate of them.

    Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: 4th of July, Barack Obama, Conservatives, Declaration of Independence, Dream Act, Founding Fathers, Immigration, Thomas Jefferson
  • The Top Seven 4th of Julys of All Time

    July 4, 1776
    A group of wealthy, land-owning, tax-hating residents of a collective of British colonies declare their independence from the throne by signing a document that states "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness," thus setting the stage for the greatest Broadway musical ever written about haggling over the particulars of a non-binding document.

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    Tags: 4th of July, Baseball, Declaration of Independence, Founding Fathers, Germany, Herman Cain, Movies, Music, Poetry, Sports
  • Barack Obama Kinda Sorta Almost Maybe a Little Admits to Being an Atheist

    Oh… My… Creator! Have you seen what Barack Obama just did? He just admitted to the entire world that he is an atheist who hates God and is therefore unfit to lead our nation and almost certainly probably worships the Devil!

    It's true! I mean, what other way can you interpret the fact that, while quoting the Declaration of Independence, he left the words "by their Creator"?

    On Friday evening, when President Obama addressed the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, he quoted that passage as follows (on the clip at 22:30):  "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal [pause], endowed with certain unalienable rights:  life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

    In Obama's version, there is no "Creator."

    Only two plausible explanations spring to mind.  One is that President Obama isn’t very familiar with the most famous passage in the document that founded this nation; that even when plainly reading from a teleprompter,* he wasn’t able to quote it correctly.  The other is that President Obama doesn’t subscribe to the Declaration’s rather central claim that our rights come from our "Creator" (also referred to in the Declaration as "Nature's God" and "the Supreme Judge of the World").

    Well, that's it. What further proof do we need? The guy is obviously an America-hating atheist jihadist. I mean, can you even imagine what it would mean for the nation if our basic civil rights as citizens were a mutually-agreed-upon moral code devised by by rational people for the good of the whole and not laws thrust upon us by a man who lives up in the sky and hides from us whenever we try to look for him?

    That was a rhetorical question! Don't imagine that! Don't imagine it! Simply allowing that thought to cross the threshold of your consciousness means the terrorists have won.


    * Little Green Footballs is claiming that the DoI quote wasn't part of the speech as written and was simply ad-libbed. Little Green Footballs? More like Little Red Bookballs, eh? Eh? Eh?

    Tags: Atheists, Barack Obama, Declaration of Independence, Religion, Thomas Jefferson