Viva patriots!

Hear ye! Hear ye! Citizens young and old! For a new day of declaration has been adopted by true blue-, white- and red-blooded Americans. July 2 is the day of Independence!

Historical fact: The Continental Congress ratified the Declaration of Independence on July 2, 1776. That night, the Pennsylvania Evening Post published this statement: “This day the Continental Congress declared the United Colonies Free and Independent States.”

John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776: “The Second Day of July 1776 will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. … It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires, and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

The Continental Congress received copies [of the declaration] from the printers on July 4, and [that date] is now celebrated as Independence Day.

I declare, dear citizens, that July 2 is truly our day of triumphant freedom and liberty—casting off the shackles of oppression and domination!

We are now surrounded by corruption, consumption and capitalistic gain that have destroyed our sense of democracy. Our so-called freely elected president [has] flaunted his domination and power by partially pardoning a senior member of his staff, who was justifiably taken through the established courts of law and convicted of obstructing justice. It is a foulness that goes deep into the heart of our government. This poison that seeps into the life-blood of liberty must be purged!

Capitalistic companies run our country for their gain and not for the liberties of humankind. Our country is broken, and the fault lies within us all. But despair is not prudent, and we Americans must look inside ourselves and hold true to the ideals upon which this country was founded. Throw off these corrupted capitalist bonds that strangle our democracy and plague the world [with] unjust wars and tyrannical ways.

In celebration and unification … discard masqueraded Hallmark holidays that no longer hold meaning—just economic purpose of mass consumption and complacency. Let us declare ourselves free and independent of companies who maintain our corrupted government and destroy our ideals of human rights and liberty.

With freedom for one, for all, the world over: We declare ourselves free [as of] July 2, 2007, and we will rise and revolt against this massively corrupt capitalist country, which holds our rights prisoner to their dollar.

Who is with me? Viva Thomas Jefferson! Viva patriots!

— Jen G. Bowen
The Avant-Garde Patriot
Asheville

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