It’s late now. 2008’s July 4th parties and celebrations are almost over, though the fireworks are still going on.
The two sides of America observe this holiday in different ways. What follows are descriptions of just two events for this year…
First the bad (as in annoying) news:
Gateway Pundit had the initial story I saw this morning on CodePink’s disruption of the 4th of July swearing-in ceremony for new citizens at Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello. This is an annual event, presided over for this last time by President Bush.
A lot of Code Pink fellow travelers reside in Charlottesville Virginia, where Monticello is located. As usual, President Bush maintained his aplomb as the loud mouth, CodePink member Desiree Anita Ali-Fairooz, was exited stage left by the security detail. [Reuters photo by Joshua Roberts]
Here is one report from the MSM. I left out their editorializing about the Iraq War:
President Bush invoked the memory of Thomas Jefferson Friday in welcoming new U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony at Monticello, saying “I’ll be proud to call you a fellow American.”
On his final U.S. Independence Day as president, Bush told an audience Friday at the home of the Declaration of Independence’s author that he was honored to be present for the naturalization. Shouts from protesters were heard during Bush’s remarks, and the president responded by saying he agrees that “we believe in free speech in the United States of America.”
For the people assembled with him at the naturalization ceremony, he said: “When you raise your hands and take your oath, you will complete an incredible journey. … From this day forward, the history of the United States will be part of your heritage.”
For CodePink, it doesn’t matter about the people gathered for a life-changing ceremony, something they worked hard to attain. For CP, it’s all about an opportunity for one of their narcissistic theatre events. As I said in the comment I left at Gateway Pundit:
We went to Monticello with Neo-neocon last autumn. And my son was there just a few weeks ago with his girlfriend. It’s a wonderful place.
If you’ve been there, you wonder what Jefferson’s ghost thinks of this mess? It certainly is against everything he stood for…
Happy 4th to the Loons. What a way to celebrate.
These must be the children of the Brats of the ‘60s. Want to guess who they’re going to vote for? These are the same Blue Folk of Charlottesville (where Monticello is located) who show up on the pedestrian mall downtown sporting T-shirts with witty sayings about Bushitler, et al.
NYC is the Big Apple. Charlottesville is Lil Kumquat: sweet on the outside, sour and seedy in the middle…
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Part of Lil Kumquat’s anger is driven by the fact that it is nothing but a tiny blob of blue in an otherwise red Congressional District, which continues to vote in Virgil Goode at every election.
Goode went from being a Dem, passing thru being an Independent, and on into the Republican party. They try to paint him as stupid (aren’t all Republicans inherently stupid and unhappy?) but it won’t wash.
I actually had a Dem, a graduate of Va Law school and a bright young woman, ask me if I knew that Virgil Goode was not bright. I pointed out to this otherwise intelligent Echols Scholar (they get to live on the Lawn at UVa) that like she had, Virgil had graduated from the Law School. I asked her if she had made the Law Review. She admitted sheepishly she hadn’t. I pointed out to her that Virgil had indeed done so and asked if she thought it might be an affirmative action appointment (Virgil is very white)…
First time I ever walked away from a conversation with a Dem in which I got the last word. Did I change her mind? Nah. She’s a lawyer, after all, caught in the Charlottesville socialist miasma.
On the other hand, we have the good news (good as in “encouraging”), which I first saw at Redneck’s Revenge.
Twelve hundred soldiers in Iraq gathered in one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces to re-enlist (the palace is now fittingly renamed “Camp Victory”). The men and women swore their oath, repeating the phrases after General Petraeus; it is his voice you hear in the video.
Go here for background on the event you see on the vid:
The ceremony is but one of many mass re-enlistments occurring to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the all-volunteer U.S. Military forces which began on July 1, 1973, which was when the draft ended.
After the ceremony, the soldiers were treated to a favorite meal. Three thousand deep dish pizzas were flown in from Lou Malnati’s restaurant in Chicago [for our European readers, Chicago is famous for a number of foods, one of them being deep dish pizza].
Don’t worry, no tax money was harmed in this operation:
The 3,000 pizzas – each with a pound of cheese and packed with other toppings – were cooked by Lou Malnati’s Restaurant staffers last week, then shipped though New York, Belgium and Bahrain on their way to U.S. troops around Baghdad.
The logistical nightmare of frozen freight and military regulations cost nearly $100,000 to pull off, most of that coming from donations from the restaurant chain and DHL Express.
But the idea came from retired Master Sgt. Mark Evans and his 16-year-old son Kent, Illinois residents who have sent much smaller care packages to overseas troops in the past
“My son and I were having a man’s night – eating some of Lou’s pizza while the women were out – and they were talking about the war on TV,” he said. “He asked me about the food over there, and I told him, ‘They do their best, but it’s not like home cooking. They don’t have pizza like this there.’
“Then he asked if we could get some over there.”
Over the next month Evans contacted local eateries, shipping companies and military officials in Iraq, coordinating all the details needed to get Chicago’s signature dish delivered on the other side of the world.
Originally, Evans said, he hoped for about 300 pizzas to be sent overseas, but as donations poured in to his Pizzas 4 Patriots charity the plans quickly expanded.
Evans said Malnati’s immediately volunteered to help, donating most of their stock for the popular “Taste of Chicago” event this weekend for the effort. DHL global service manager Ethan Mattern called the delivery a tremendous challenge “but a fantastic idea” that the company was happy to participate in.
That’s such a typically American response, as our commenter, Babs, can tell you. Find a need? Fill it and then refill it until the cup runs over.
From the Digital Journal, again:
This ceremony comes following a new Gallup survey which showed that 62 percent of Americans believe that serving in the U.S. Military shows a “great amount” of patriotism with 25 percent believing it shows a “moderate amount”, leaving 13 percent thinking “not much” or “not at all” or not answering
The majority of Americans understand the patriotic nature of the duties these men have chosen to re-enlist to perform.
Bob Krumm, the observer at Camp Victory today, gets the last word, when he writes, “It was as humbling an experience as I have ever witnessed. On this 4th of July, while you celebrate around grills and coolers all across America, keep in mind the 1,215 who allow us that privilege.”
All in all, I’d say that the good guys won this July 4th. Eat your hearts out, CodePink.