American Independence Diminished

Posted by John R. Houk, Blog Editor

Posted July 5, 2021

Independence Day has come and gone. AND I am not feeling too independent. In conjunction with that independence-diminished feeling I am going to share four posts. Two from Social Media surfing and two were thought provoking comments on my NCCR blog of the cross post “Independence Day”. I begin with the barbaralind1 comment then post the rest in no particular order.

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You Need To Hear Toby Keith’s New Song ‘Happy Birthday America (Whatever’s Left Of You)’

Toby Keith (screen grab from 7/3/21 Youtube performance)

By Evita Duffy

July 4, 2021

The Federalist

Toby Keith’s latest 4th of July song ‘Happy Birthday America’ ‘will bring a tear to every patriot’s eye,’ writes the Daily Mail.

Toby Keith’s latest 4th of July song, “Happy Birthday America,” “will bring a tear to every patriot’s eye,” writes The Daily Mail. It brought a tear to mine, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it brought a tear or two to yours, too.

By its title, one would expect a booming July 4th anthem, perfect to play at the BBQ or on the boat. It isn’t. “Seems like everybody’s pissin’ on the red, white and blue,” sings Keith. “Happy birthday America whatever’s left of you.”

Youtube VIDEO: Toby Keith – Happy Birthday America (Lyrics)

[Posted by Country Music New

Jul 1, 2021


The song is hard to hear when we are supposed to be celebrating independence and everything that makes America exceptional, but “Happy Birthday America” is truer to the United States in 2021 than any other song on your 4th of July playlist.

You were the darlin’ when you saved the world
WW I and II
France would just be part of Germany now
If it hadn’t been for you
Now your children wanna turn you in
To something other than yourself
They burn your flag in their city streets
More than anybody else

Indeed, 2020 was defined by Marxist race riots, the destruction of historical monuments, and a mass rejection of our once-beloved founding fathers. In the aftermath, no part of American life seems to be spared from the “Black Lives Matter”-inspired notion of collective American shame. You’ll find it in schools, the workplace, and the same military that “saved the world WW I and II.”

Right now at our Olympics, athletes who are supposed to represent America are instead humiliating us on a national stage before our allies and enemies alike. One athlete turned away from the flag on the podium during the “Star Spangled Banner.” Another said he only wants to compete in order to “burn a US flag on the podium.”

All the broken-down cities
By the left’s design
And the right can’t seem to get it right
Most of the time

Keith is spot on about this one, too. Unnecessary and anti-science COVID-19 lockdowns have brought America’s most beautiful and historic cities to their knees. Not only have cities been economically broken-down, but Democrat-endorsed BLM rioting literally torched the United States in 2020.

Last year, I did live reporting from Kenosha, Wisconsin after the Jacob Blake shooting. When I was there during the second night for rioting, I remember thinking how I never thought that in my home state, a place I lived my whole life and is 97 percent rural, could ever devolve into, as I said at the time, “something I had only seen in photos of war-torn countries.”

I returned for several days to talk to business owners and residents in the daylight and survey the destruction from the nights before. It was crushing.

Who they gonna count on
When you’re not there to take their call?
Will the world keep right on spinnin’
Without the greatest of them all?
Without the helping hand of God
Your days are numbered, my old friend
We’re sure gonna miss you, girl
You were the best that’s ever been

Keith told Fox News that he wrote “Happy Birthday America” last summer. “It had been a screwed up 18 months,” Keith said. “I live in the heartland, and it just feels like everybody you talk to has the same worries.”

“It just feels like the politicians aren’t getting the job done on either side and it just feels like the democracy is in danger,” he said. Keith has never identified with a political party. He was raised a Democrat in Oklahoma but became an independent in 2008. “I was a Democrat my whole life,” Keith told the Chicago Tribune at the time. “They kind of disowned me when I started supporting the troops, then I went and registered independent.”

One of the only sure things about Keith, the country superstar who brought us “American Soldier,” “Made in America,” and of course “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue,” is that he loves America.

That’s what makes “Happy Birthday America” so striking. Toby Keith, the man who wrote some of America’s greatest patriotic anthems, isn’t even wondering if America’s best days are behind her; he already knows. “Your days are numbered, my old friend. We’re sure gonna miss you, girl.”

Going back 20 years, “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue,” one of Keith’s biggest hits written in late 2001, captured the patriotic American spirit that brought the country together in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Now this nation that I love has fallen under attack
A mighty sucker punch came flyin’ in from somewhere in the back
Soon as we could see clearly
Through our big black eye
Man, we lit up your world
Like the fourth of July
Hey Uncle Sam, put your name at the top of his list
And the Statue of Liberty started shakin’ her fist
And the eagle will fly man, it’s gonna be hell
When you hear mother freedom start ringin’ her bell
And it feels like the whole wide world is raining down on you
Brought to you courtesy of the red white and blue

I cannot remember the Twin Towers falling down. When Alan Jackson sings “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning,” I couldn’t tell you. I was only a year old. I don’t remember the horror of watching the towers crash live on TV. The anxiety never sunk in that my homeland is under attack. I also don’t remember the American flags that showed up overnight in front of homes and businesses and flew from cars and boats.

As Marine veteran and medal of honor recipient Dakota Meyer said on Joe Rogan’s podcast: “I would never wish for another 9/11, but I would give anything for a 9/12… people were proud of America.”

[Blog Editor: Here the post has a Tik Tok platform interview between Joe Rogan & Dakota Meyer. The Tik Tok link embeds on WordPress.]

Growing up, I often regarded the zeitgeist captured in “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue” as not an ideal or a legacy. It is America, or so I thought. As I’ve grown older, though, things have changed, and not just for me, but for Keith and the rest of Americans.

I don’t remember the unique unity experienced in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. I do, however, remember being taught Thanksgiving is racist in elementary school. In high school, I remember being handed Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History” and hearing the same America-hating narrative repeated back to me as a history major in college.

Outside of school, one of the most formative experiences of my life has been my trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where I watched an otherwise sleepy Wisconsin city burn at the hands of radical leftists and their lies.

When I watch Fourth of July TikToks, all I see is boiling hatred for our country. The flag isn’t a symbol of national unity anymore, it’s a symbol of racism and oppression.

“All these Fourth of July decorations doesn’t sit well with me,” says one Tik Tok-er. “We’re at a point where the American flag on any piece of anything… screams racist to me. It screams colonizer… fourth of July is officially cancelled… f-ck the fireworks.”

“Due to America being a hot steaming pile of garbage,” says another user, “I will not be celebrating Fourth of July or Thanksgiving now or ever.”

[Blog Editor: Another Tik Tok insertion.]

This constant animosity toward our country, assassination of authentic history, and assault on America’s legacy is overwhelming. It beats you down — even the best of us, like Toby Keith.

When I ignore the critical race theory and whatever Ibram X. Kendi is tweeting about, though, I still see a shining city upon a hill. I can see the America that can trace its roots to rugged pilgrims seeking religious freedom in 1620, not 1619. The one founded on principles that established authentic equality during the Civil War, suffragist movement, and civil rights movement.

We are two-time World War champs and we triumphed over communism during the Cold War. Our founders weren’t avid racists, but enlightened men who sacrificed their reputations, livelihoods, and lives, which allows us to, as Keith sings, “wake up in freedom.” “Freedom, tested by blood, and watered with tears.”

Maybe Keith is right, and America’s days are numbered. Maybe everything that’s good about America is its history that is now being sacrificed for a left-wing narrative cementing an unavoidable downfall.

But I like to think that if there are still people willing to bravely fight abroad and at home defend America’s legacy — not just in Congress, but in the classroom, on the school board, and at the local city council meeting — then there is still hope. Maybe me saying this despite being too young to have experienced the America Keith is famous for singing about is another sign of hope, or maybe it’s just youthful naivete.

Evita Duffy is an intern at The Federalist, co-founder of the Chicago Thinker, and a senior at the University of Chicago. Follow her on Twitter at @evitaduffy_1



Thanks for the Offer … SAVIORS

By Vic Freeman

7/3/21 [I think]

Victory City, U.S.A. EST. 1776TM

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Dr. Anthony Fauci has been right about ONE thing:

The “vaccines” are definitely creating, “Two America’s”. There are those who have remained true to God and this Republic, and, There are those who have committed treason against God and this Republic by wearing MASKS and submitting to the “JABS”.

GREAT FRAUD EXPOSED: The Evil “Great Reset” Explained in 30 Seconds


Make no mistake:

President Trump saved our Republic with Operation Warpspeed.  The goal of our global enemies was total control of the USA via total economic destruction of the USA.

The “pandemic” was never about a virus, unless you consider fear to be a virus.


How long did “The Science” say it would take to develop vaccines?

After seeing the economic destruction caused by a year of shutdowns, what do you think our country would look like after 5 to 10 years of shutdowns? That was the plan, and to call the plan Hell on Earth would perhaps be the greatest understatement ever made.

The “virus” never needed a vaccine, but the “Pandemic” did because so many people are so cowardly.  Nothing makes brainwashing easier than cowardice.


The brave made this country free.

The brave keep this country free.

Everyone else wore a MASK and lined up for poison.

SHAME ON YOU!  If you wore a mask and knelt at the altar of Fauci and accepted the “vaccines” as your new Lord and Savior:

You need to repent.  You need to ask God and your fellow Americans to forgive you for turning your back on God and on us and on OUR REPUBLIC which is UNDER ATTACK by the psychopathic predators who are behind ALL the madness America has been suffering.

The “vaccines” are KILLING PEOPLE.  You got TRICKED and DECEIVED by The DECEIVER, and until you repent and speak out against it YOU are helping KILL PEOPLE.

IF you repent and ask God to forgive you He WILL save your body temple from what you have submitted it too.  No amount of poison from the enemy can harm you if God has a reason to prevent it from harming you: But YOU have to ASK.  God didn’t intend to make robots, and as such YOU have FREE WILL.



He made his choice of prophylactics entirely clear.  Ad nauseum.

What did the Global-Corporate Media do with that information?

He made his views on MASKS entirely clear: By virtually NEVER WEARING ONE (except when it actually made sense which is virtually never).

He VERY publicly demonstrated his full recovery, which at age 74 took an entire weekend.


We have learned a lot about who our real enemies are lately haven’t we?

Now they’re coming with “Climate Change”.

Know what “Covid Lockdowns” and “Climate Lockdowns” have in common?

Here’s a hint:

They aren’t about Covid and they aren’t about the Climate: They are about the LOCKDOWNS.




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On This 4th of July, Biden Admin Preps for War Against “Domestic Terrorism” — and It Could Include You

We The People target of Biden War on Terror

By Matt Agorist

July 4, 2021


As Americans don their red, white and blue sequence bar-b-que aprons and raise their flags, ironically made in China, in an effort to “celebrate their freedom,” government is plotting away this very second to find ways to separate you from that freedom. While all recent presidents have made moves to achieve this very goal, under the guise of fighting domestic terrorism, the Biden administration has ramped it up — big time.

Despite the largely benign nature of the January 6 riot at the capitol, over the last six months, president Joe Biden has classified this unarmed group of rioters as the largest threat against democracy in history, issued DHS warnings, ramped up security, and turned Washington D.C. into a police state.

Despite Joe Biden running on a platform of unity to bring Americans back together, before he was even sworn in, he reneged on this promise by alienating tens of millions of Trump supporters — essentially declaring them the enemy.

“Don’t dare call them protesters,” Biden said after the largely peaceful march on DC which ended with a few hundred goons out of tens of thousands of peaceful protesters raiding the capitol. “They were a riotous mob. Insurrectionists. Domestic terrorists. It’s that basic. It’s that simple.”

While some of the folks certainly thought they were part of some coup, the reality of the situation was nothing at all as serious as the media and establishment has reported since. Nevertheless, the police state advocates are not letting this opportunity go to waste and are milking it for everything they can.

As we reported earlier this month, Biden’s administration announced their plans to create a means of family and friends to snitch on each other — to fight the largely non-existent threat of domestic terrorism.

In a teleconference, a senior administration official told reporters of a plan that sounds reminiscent of the Minority Report by attacking “pre-crime.”

“We will work to improve public awareness of federal resources to address concerning or threatening behavior before violence occurs,” the official said.

The official went on to explain how this would work, which involves family members and friends snitching on each other.

We will work to improve public awareness of federal resources to address concerning or threatening behavior before violence occurs.  And on that, I would just note that one of the things we’re talking about is the need to do something in this space, like the “See something” — “If you see something, say something” concept that has been promulgated previously by DHS.  This involves creating contexts in which those who are family members or friends or co-workers know that there are pathways and avenues to raise concerns and seek help for those who they have perceived to be radicalizing and potentially radicalizing towards violence.


“We are investing many agencies of the government and resourcing them appropriately and asking our citizens to participate,” the official said. “Because, ultimately, this is really about homeland security being a responsibility of each citizen of our country to help us achieve.”

Fast forward to last week, and the Biden administration announced “with a sense of urgency” an actual app that police will use to coordinate with the feds to track and monitor these real time reports.

Once the app is ready, “you can, if you’re a cop on the beat, get those sorts of FOUO [For Official Use Only] products from your federal partners on your phone,” said thesenior White House official told McClatchy.

In true militaristic fashion, the official compared fighting to domestic extremism to being at war. “Frankly, that’s where it should be — it should be at the fingertips of those on the front lines of this.”

While there are certainly several very small groups of people willing to carry out violence against the US to achieve their means, the idea that there is some massive insurrection pining away, waiting to take over the government, is laughable. Nevertheless, the scope of what is considered “extremism” continues to widen.

Committees are being formed, laws are being passed, and a new era of “Patriot Act” America is rising as the establishment exploits the January 6 events to usher in a new level of totalitarianism.

Congress is seeking is a domestic version of the Patriot Act’s material-support provision, which criminalizes providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. “Support” is a broadly interpreted term which could include participation in propaganda activities, civil protest, fundraising, even group membership—with no requirement to show any connection to furthering terrorism. This could encompass tens of millions of Americans.

Despite a slew of laws criminalizing domestic terrorism, many within Washington continue to push for even more. This is worrisome to civil rights advocates, who argue that increasing legislation means increasing the number of people who could be labeled as potential domestic terrorists.

“Such a law is not needed given the broad reach of existing criminal statutes,” Mara Rudman, executive vice president for policy at the Center for American Progress, says. “It will not solve the problem of domestic extremism and is likely to lead to unintended harms. … As lawmakers explore options for cracking down on these lawless and hateful acts, they should take care to ensure that the solutions do not create new risks for the communities they are trying to protect.”

“History is replete with examples of such laws being weaponized and used against vulnerable citizens, especially Black Americans, and against individuals who criticize the government,” Rudman said.

Indeed, all totalitarian regimes throughout history have successfully come to power by convincing their citizens to fear and turn against anyone who criticizes the almighty state. By continuously attacking what can and can’t be said about one’s government, all form of political dissent is eventually outlawed and even thinking about it becomes a crime.

Rather than create a new era of Stasi-esque legislation and enforcement, those who truly want to seek a peaceful resolution, would do well to understand what it is people are angry about and seek to address it — instead of outlawing it.

After all, as John F. Kennedy famously said in 1962, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

Happy Independence Day.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on TwitterSteemit, and now on Minds.


Democrat Mandated COVID-19 Lockdowns Caused More Deaths Instead Of Reducing Them, RAND study finds

By Pamela Geller

July 4, 2021

Dr. Rich Swier

The Democrat media complex was an accomplice to this mass murder.

COVID-19 lockdowns caused more deaths instead of reducing them, RAND study finds

By: Michael McKenna,  June 30, 2021 Washington Times:

COVID-19 lockdowns caused more deaths instead of reducing them, study finds

Those who pushed ‘shelter in place’ policies share the blame, but everyone feels the consequences


As we begin to pick through the rubble of the early days of the coronavirus that started in Wuhan in an effort to determine with some specificity the origins of COVID-19, and whether it was accidentally or purposefully released from a Chinese lab, it is important, too, that we assess the wisdom of our public health approaches to the disease.

Chief among those approaches was the institution of lockdowns across a broad range of populations.

The pathologies of the lockdowns are clear and have been both predicted and recorded. They include increased risk of preventable deaths from cancer, heart disease, etc., as well as psychological trauma, resulting in increased homicides, accidents and suicidal ideations, caused by long periods of isolation.

What is less clear is whether the lockdowns served any useful medical purpose.

Fortunately, two researchers at the RAND Corporation and two researchers from the University of Southern California have done an analysis of the medical value of the lockdowns (which they refer to as “sheltering in place,” or SIP, policies). They looked at 43 countries and all of the states in the union, and published their assessment in June as a working paper of the National Bureau for Economic Research.

Shelter-in-place orders didn’t save lives during the pandemic, research paper concludes

You may have missed the report. It has not received much coverage from the media, who must be busy with some incredibly important and hard-hitting story about Dr. Anthony Fauci or the first lady.

Let’s remedy that oversight.

The RAND/USC team is unsparingly direct: “[W]e fail to find that SIP policies saved lives. To the contrary, we find a positive association between SIP policies and excess deaths. We find that following the implementation of SIP policies, excess mortality increases.”

So, the lockdowns didn’t reduce the number of deaths, failed to prevent any excess deaths, and in fact resulted in increased deaths.

Additionally, countries that locked their citizens in their homes were experiencing declining — not increasing — excess mortality prior to lockdowns. In other words, lockdowns probably made the situation worse.

The researchers were again direct. “If SIP were implemented when excess deaths were rising then the results … would be biased towards finding that SIP policies lead to excess deaths. However, we find the opposite: countries that implemented SIP policies experienced a decline in excess mortality prior to implementation compared to countries that did not implement SIP policies.”

Moreover, unless you lived on an island, it did not seem to make any difference when the lockdowns were implemented. They were ineffectual at best and led to increased mortality at worst.

From the study: “It is also possible that the average effects in our event studies might hide heterogeneity (differences) in the impact of policies across countries and U.S. states. For example, SIP policies might be more effective when implemented early in the pandemic or SIP policies might work better when community transmission is high. … Overall, we find little evidence of heterogenous effects except that SIP policies seem to be more effective in island nations or … Hawaii.”

Finally, there was no advantage to locking down early or staying locked down longer. The researchers noted: “We failed to find that countries or U.S. states that implemented SIP policies earlier, and in which SIP policies had longer to operate, had lower excess deaths than countries/U.S. states that were slower to implement SIP policies.”

So, the duration of the lockdowns made no difference.

The simple fact is that COVID-19 was and is a highly infectious respiratory disease to which everyone is eventually going be exposed either naturally or through vaccines. The disease tends to kill older people and those with preexisting respiratory challenges or who are obese.

The RAND/USC study makes it clear that all the lockdowns accomplished was to add personal, psychological and economic devastation to the terrible personal and societal toll of illness and death.

Everyone involved — from President Trump and his public health advisers who initiated the first lockdown (remember “15 days to slow the spread”), right on through to those who continue to insist that isolation for everyone, even those not at risk, is the correct course of action — share the blame.

But all of us share the consequences.

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