July 4th 2018

Formerly known as, The Independence Day Show.

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In 1773, the 13 colonies located in North America, but still very much under British rule, revolted to additional taxation, believing they had already paid their dues. So in Boston, they took to the streets in revelry and what a party it would be. The British Tea they had received and were expected to pay more taxes, but a further blow to freedom, they simply would not absorb. And so the real Patriots, took the British Tea and destroyed every last leaf. When they discovered the mutiny in the colonies, the Crown across the pond became infuriated. The spectacular chain of events that followed, charted the course to the American Revolutionary War, and clearing the way, to one day celebrate Independence Day.

But in 1775, all of the colonies were still not convinced to join ranks into a single army, to fight for their independence. But at the Virginia convention, a man by the name of Patrick Henry, stepped up to the podium then delivered a speech, that gave rise to the birth of a nation.

8th of November
by Big & Rich


Patrick Henry“It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter.
Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace – but there is no peace. The war is actually begun!
The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms!

Our brethren are already in the field!
Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have?
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?
Forbid it, Almighty God!
I know not what course others may take;
but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

The high profile nature of the deaths and the broken cities that followed, allowed no time to weep or breathe or figure out a solution to prevent the chaos from happening again, or worse yet, evolving into something more deadly. Backward steps is what we felt, but perhaps, the string of recent occurrences, leading to lines drawn in archaic sand, were exposed cracks finally surfacing in places where progress had never been made, forcing ‘civil rights battles’, that should have been crushed, when the 13th Amendment abolished the institution of slavery.

But on this day of celebration of the birth of a nation, one photograph tells the story of how far our country had come. For no one truly believed he could actually win…. until he won.

President Barack Obama


Before he was elected, he caught hold of a conspiracy and turned it into a plan. So filled with an unnatural source of vindictiveness and ugly, he went on a crusade, that he knew was a lie, and all but dedicated his life, to the destruction of the Presidency of America’s first Black President: Barack Hussein Obama, so honorably elected. To the abyss he shall lead us – a snake oil salesman, with a wrecking ball and lies, we should be embarrassed, but instead, we further divide.

So Happy Independence Day, I say in both a salute to every man and woman – enslaved or free – whose legacy is our democracy.

a national shame

“Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation.” – Simon Sinek

To Generation X, and every generation that follows. to the Millennials who are already fighting smarter; do not become discouraged nor accept wrong as right. Do not concede to defeat when truth is on your side,and never stop believing, that you will someday change the world; not through war but peace.

this is… The Neighborhood 

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  1. Yes, despicable birtherism should have disqualified Trump. Yes to Obama as a great man and great president, and on race, perhaps that last great unifier before the divisiveness on the Right became equaled by divisive rhetoric on the Left. We on the Left need to not get caught up in presenting battle lines as black against white or female against male. It’s about values, not skin color or gender.


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  2. This is a wonderful post Kendall, and I’m glad that you framed Obama’s Presidency in the context of what his election means to people who have always had to fight to have their share of the ‘self evident’ freedoms that so many in the U.S. take for granted.

    I’ve recently seen a spate of negative writing that seeks to blame Obama for failing to implement his agenda so let me take this as an opportunity to say:

    If you elect a Democrat to the office of President and then sit out the mid-terms so that he ends up with a congress composed of racist right wing fanatics who spend all of their time looking for reasons to impeach him you are the reason the President couldn’t implement his full agenda.

    Do we really think that our government DOESN’T represent the will of the people?

    Just 36.4 percent of all eligible voters turned out in the 2014 mid-terms.


    Guess who wins when Democrats don’t vote?

    The next time someone tries to convince you of the virtue of not getting your ass to a ballot box on election day remember all of the people who died to earn and protect your right to vote and ask yourself why anyone would refuse to participate in the political life of his nation.

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  3. Wow. Very interesting. I’m not American but I truly share in this joy. .. For no one truly believed he could actually win… until he won.

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  4. Nice post and Happy Independence Day to you! I am not at all a fan of our current president’s politics, but it is a very good thing that our country elected a black man to the highest office in the land. Not once mind you, but twice.

    There is a lot to be thankful and appreciative in America, may God continue to bless her and her people as we move through some difficult times.

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    • Its worth a whole lot. Thank you for the well wishes and you have a beautiful day. So good to have you in The Neighborhood celebrating my nation’s Independence Day.

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  5. May the hope in our hearts spread around the world and give rise to peace everywhere.
    Happy July 4th Kendall.

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