July 3, 2014 4:36 pm -

Let’s just drop the chauvinistic holiday says the conservative writer, P.J. O’Rourke.  He’s got some good reasons, too.  Here are just some of those reasons:

1. The 4th of July has been reactionary, chauvinistic, and out-of-date since 1776.

On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote to his partner Abigail about the “reaction” of the thirteen American colonies to British rule, saying, “I am apt to believe it will be celebrated by succeeding generations… It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

2. “celebrated

By white males privileged by European descent, social status, income disparity, and lobbying influence in the Continental Congress. What about oppressed people of color, Native Americans, undocumented Hessian immigrants, displaced victims of British subject ethnic cleansing, workers earning less than the income necessary to meet their basic needs under minimum wage laws that didn’t exist yet, and women? Women did not have the vote….

4. “solemnized” “from this time forward forever more

Religious subtext in the Declaration of Independence. This violates First Amendment guarantees of separation of church and state or would when the Constitution got written.

5&6. “pomp and parade

Read “elitism” and “militarism.”

9. “guns

America is in urgent need of more stringent gun control laws, as the British discovered at Lexington and Concord. Guns kill almost as many people each year as drug overdoses, and John Adams didn’t even bother to mention inadequate treatment facilities for drug dependence in his letter to Abigail…

16. The 4th of July is customarily marked by charcoal “cook-outs,” which endanger the community.

Burning charcoal generates hydrocarbons, particulate air pollution, wildfires, and carbon footprints…

23. Children must be protected from fireworks injuries.

Fireworks injure 8,700 Americans a year. Fireworks are set off on the 4th of July…

And finally:

27. And the 4th of July is on the wrong day.

The Continental Congress declared independence from Britain on July 2nd. The 4th was simply when the Continental Congress approved the final wording of its independence declaration. If the 4th of July were the 2nd of July, it would have been on Wednesday this year. We could have taken a couple of days of family leave (which Washington prevents U.S. corporations from being required to provide) on either side of Wednesday and had a whole damn week go to parades, play backyard softball games, fire guns, ring bells, light bonfires, grill cheeseburgers, drink beer, and blow our fingers off with M-80s.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

No responses to P.J. O’Rourke: 27 Reasons To Ban July 4

  1. arc99 July 3rd, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Even though I disagree with him a lot of the time, it is difficult for me to dislike anyone who is so dedicated to non-partisanship in the fine art of pi$$ing people off.

    • jasperjava July 3rd, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      P.J. O’Rourke is just about the only conservative with a functioning sense of humor.

      That’s probably because he used to be a liberal.

  2. neworleans878 July 3rd, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Just don’t ban it this year…I’m looking forward to my three day weekend!

  3. Eric Trommater July 3rd, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    I think yet again Mr. O’Rourke is unfairly lampooning liberals. We aren’t all humorless puritans trying to take the fun out of everything. That’s a nasty stereotype. #BoycottWhateverPJOrourkeDoesforaLivingTheseDays (unless it’s still Rolling Stone because I do still like that magazine.)

  4. Anomaly 100 July 3rd, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    How very patriotic of him. What next PJ, flag burning?

    • Hardlee_Ded July 3rd, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      …it’s called satire.

      • Anomaly 100 July 3rd, 2014 at 8:04 pm

        He’s doing it wrong.

  5. fancypants July 4th, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Im not so sure eliminating the the 4th is a good idea

    I can relate to this idea —–>