My annual redeclaration of independence

I hear the gripes every year from libertarians of all stripes, and of course some person or another who will ignorantly call the holiday “Fourth of July” instead of it’s proper title “Independence Day” or just thinks the whole thing is a sham. Five years ago I wrote this:

Each 4th of July, I keep expecting to see some libertarian separatist group declare independence all over again, something akin to a V for Vendetta type hijacking of the airwaves. Maybe I just have a flair for the dramatic, but when I joke about it to random people each year and voice this out loud — “I redeclare a war of independence up in this mofo” — the response is unanimously positive (and my test group has ranged from Los Angeles liberals to Southern conservatives, and now Mid-West folks who are defined mostly as apathetic).

I know we’re closer to this reality now than were were five years ago, Anonymous and the WikiLeaks movement are early indicators of even bigger things to come. Maybe this will be the day and the year, then again maybe it will never happen on this specific holiday. Regardless, I remain optimistic because I know in due time the chains that have been laid upon us in our apathy will be shoved off violently once again.

This Independence Day save your ire and anger over the ineptitude of tyranny for the people and problems at that deserve it. Learn to express the political emotion of winning, be the person who puts the LOVE in the rEVOLution.

Update: stories like Emily Good’s of Rochester, NY stoke my optimism. Courage is contagious.

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

  1. We should all try to add one new thing to our repertoire.  About a year ago I started my web comic with its underlying liberty theme.  I might try my hand at a youtube video or two for my personal re-deceleration of independence from the nanny state.

    1. If you want to make cartoons, I would enjoy making scenes/background cels and could contribute scriptwriting. I really don’t know shit about video editing software though.