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Just a little neighborhood July 4

Just a little neighborhood July 4

Every year on July 4 there is a mini-parade in the neighborhood in my home town in Rhode Island, apart from the “big” parade through the center of town.

Mostly it’s for the neighborhood children, and it ends with ices and candy, after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing the Star Spangled Banner.

All we can do is try to teach our children well.


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Henry Hawkins | July 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm

We do a similar thing in my area, except it’s farm country and the parade is of tractors, wagons, bikes, etc., decorated by kids. It is the real America.

SoCA Conservative Mom | July 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Happy 4th Prof.

How nice. I didn’t know they had people like these in Rhode Island. Happy Independence Day, everyone.

We used to do this every year in our town–our children have outgrown marching in it. We decorated the bikes, razors, wagons, and strollers–as age permitted. Always, ALWAYS, before marching, I would have our children recite the Pledge and list their favorite freedoms–again, age appropriate. As they aged, they truly began to understand their TRUE freedoms in our nation. A pretty neat sight to behold!

This is an excellant point Professor. Frankly one of your best.

Donald Douglas | July 4, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Happy Fourth of July, William. Here’s wishing you and yours the blessings of liberty. (Also wanted to share this, if you don’t mind, it’s interesting: “Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs: ‘Arafat Truther'”:

    Could Johnson have a couple more thousand ads on LGF? I’m just waiting for the day he goes over the deep end and claims he doctored the Bush memo stuff and the memo was real.

DINORightMarie | July 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Love the video. Sadly, as is perhaps necessary in youth, they will get this good foundation and then go through a period of denial/rebellion/rejection/ingratitude……

Used to be that during this period (typically 16-21ish), the voting age was 21.

Now they go through this……and vote. *sigh*

Indeed continue to teach them well!! Those who have you for a Professor at Cornell are truly blessed!! Happy 4th everyone!! Be safe, have fun, and celebrate our nation’s 236th birthday!!!

“…Is anybody there?! …Does anybody care?! …Does anybody see what I see? ….I see fireworks, I see the pageant, the pomp, and parade….I hear the cannons roar……I see Americans – ALL Americans! – FREE!!! forevermore…… Is anybody there?! Does anybody care?! Does anybody see what I see?” 1776 – the original soundtrack, with William Daniels (sorry – couldn’t find the movie clip….it is SO MUCH MORE POWERFUL seeing it!)

    Ragspierre in reply to DINORightMarie. | July 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Sometimes, you can have all the forms without any of the substance.

    I have not been able to sing the national anthem for over twenty years, though I know it by heart. The words of the final question catch in my throat, and I cannot do more than get choked up. I wish it was otherwise…

Remember this well and raised a now 20 yr old college patriot. Says she’ll be watching for collegeinsurrection to get up and going. Independence Day…what good parenting is all about. Fight the culture of serfdom and dependence one day, one moment at a time with the young people in our life!

Thanks for your love of country Professor.

    William A. Jacobson in reply to SunnyJ. | July 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    So far it looks like we’re still on track for an early August rollout of CI.

      Tamminator in reply to William A. Jacobson. | July 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      Can’t wait to see the site, Prof.
      Too many indoctrinated college students in my neck of the Minnesota woods.
      The conservative students keep their mouths shut, but you site may give them a voice.

As it was. As it should always be.

Happy Independence Day! That’s a fine custom. My town in MA isn’t very big, so the kids decorate bikes and get into the parade.

My 8-yr-old girl got her lesson — maybe that dad’s nuts. When the Town Democrats slithered by, my state rep tried to greet me. I asked her, pointing at the Dems, “are you with them?” When she said yes, I said “socialism is poverty,” and she walked away. They had Obama and Warren signs. I gave a thumbs down and hollered “Independence Day … socialism is poverty.” They kept smiling. They can tolerate a handful of nuts in town.

Streamers on their bikes…
Startin’ em’ out young on that right-wing streamerism.


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LukeHandCool | July 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Adorable video, Professor. Have a Happy Fourth!

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to dogzilla. | July 4, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Stop the Asshatification of the US Senate. It’s turning into a larger, more dysfunctional, more-polarized version of the House.

    As evidence, I offer Harry Reid sitting on 25-30 bipartisan “jobs” bills from the House, while his boss, 0bama rails against a do-nothing House. No Senate budget in 1000+ days, while 0bama decries a do-nothing House.

    Repeal the 17th Amendment!

Much more of this and much less of Hollywood.

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Mow that’s what I call a Fourth of July celebration!

Looks like a great New England town.

Sugary drinks over 16oz, Celebrate It America!


These are the best kinds of celebrations. Happy Independence Day, Prof & everyone!

TrooperJohnSmith | July 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Does anyone remember the “study” about a year ago, which concluded that children who went to July 4th parades were more likely to grow up as a conservative? Personally, I think this is more environment-related than event-related. I mean, any kid who goes to July 4th parades is probably being given much more of a values education than parade attendance.

It just puts another nail in the coffin of the Progressocrats.

Well, since the “Big” parade is in Bristol might serve to be the best guess as to your hometown, I’ll go in the opposite direction that maybe it’s Glocester’s Ancients and Horribles Parade.

How close was I???