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The Objectivist Sabbath

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    Posted by freedomforall 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    If you want people to understand the importance of this day, then don't use the modern insulting label that only describes a date. Use a name that describes the reason for the holiday, It's not just 'the fourth'.
    364 days of the year almost half of the people observe and consent to government dependence. Let us recognize and honor those who
    cling to and defend Independence.
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    • Posted by  $  pixelate 2 months, 3 weeks ago
      Thank you ... I have been on the same page for years. Whenever I have the opportunity, I write it out in full... example email to my QC (Quality Control) team on a software project "I will be covering for John Doe while he is out during the U.S. Independence Day Holiday..."

      I do not believe that people have become lazy in simply stating "July 4th" or "the 4th of July" -- rather, I believe that this is coming from the top down ... that the main stream media, major vendors, etc... have been instructed to either use the arbitrary "July 4th" or those in charge are reticent to employ the word "Independence" in any form of communication.
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      • Posted by  $  Snezzy 2 months, 3 weeks ago
        Just like "Happy Holidays" instead of Merry Christmas.

        Side note - do not wish anyone "Happy Holiday" for Yom Kippur. It is not a happy holiday for any Jew, observant or not. Verbum sapienti sat est.
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        • Posted by  $  ReneeDaphne 1 month, 3 weeks ago
          What does the Verbum thing mean?
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          • Posted by  $  Snezzy 1 month, 3 weeks ago
            "A Word to the Wise is sufficient."

            I chose the Latin rendition of it as an obscure reference to a joke about Passover:

            A British Jew is waiting in line to be knighted by the Queen. He is to kneel in front of her and recite a sentence in Latin when she taps him on the shoulders with her sword. However, when his turn comes, he panics in the excitement of the moment and forgets the Latin. Then, thinking fast, he recites the only other sentence he knows in a foreign language, which he remembers from the Passover seder:

            "Ma nishtana ha layla ha zeh mi kol ha laylot."

            Puzzled, Her Majesty turns to her advisor and whispers, "Why is this knight different from all other knights?"

            (((You are not expected to understand that Hebrew phrase, either.)))
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  • Posted by  $  blarman 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    It was interesting today to note that one of the news items on my local talk radio station was the host - normally a pretty level-headed guy - going off about fireworks and their dangers. The laws in my State are like most States - no aerial fireworks. And so every 4th of July I enjoy the sights of aerial fireworks from those who reject the notion that the State can or should reject Expression tied to the most fundamental of ideas and movements: the birth of our Nation and its Founding upon principles of rights and limited government.

    But then I thought to myself: How many of those actually celebrating this momentous holiday actually know what they are celebrating? Our public schools don't teach the Declaration except as a footnote in history - let alone get into its importance or its genius. These same schools gloss over our Constitution and instead focus on the myriad Supreme Court decisions which undermine it.

    Me? I want to see fireworks, but more importantly, I want to celebrate Independence Day because it is truly a day to celebrate the true spirit of mankind.
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    • Posted by CircuitGuy 2 months, 3 weeks ago
      "The laws in my State are like most States - no aerial fireworks."
      I wonder if police officers find it difficult to enforce these laws because of the irony.
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      • Posted by  $  allosaur 2 months, 3 weeks ago
        In Alabama just before the Fourth and New Year's, fireworks stands pop up all over the place selling tons of aerial fireworks.
        On Independence Day night I watched my son and a son-in-law shoot a mess of pretty stuff high into the air. So were some neighbors.
        Shooting fireworks in Alabama can become illegal by special decrees due to severe droughts. Here there has been a lot of heavy rain the Summer.
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  • Posted by Herb7734 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    Since I have never experienced a truly, completely, rational form of freedom, it is difficult for me to honor Independence Day. What I can honor, however, is that a fairly small group of intelligent, brave men invented and put into action the closest thing to true Independence, that is to say, Freedom that the world has ever known. I think that The Road To Freedom Day, might be a more appropriate title for the day.
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  • Posted by  $  puzzlelady 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    Yes--on freedom and independence from an exploitive foreign colonial power, though it could be argued that they "created" the new territory as their own offspring for purposes of resources and power.

    No--on labeling it "Sabbath", a religious term and ritual from one historical culture steeped in one brand of religious mysticism and practice. Also, Sabbath is once a week while July4 is once a year. We need a better word. Holiday, Fest, Celebration, Dedication, Jubilee, tribute, homage... there must be a name we can find, preferably shorter than Commemoration. I lean towards Jubilee.
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  • Posted by CircuitGuy 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    I imagine they would make a production and trade amendment very clear, like the Fourth Amendment, spelling out exactly what it means. Sadly, I suspect we would not follow a production and trade amendment even if it were in the Constitution.
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