U.S. Celebrates Independence Day

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
July 3, 2011

In a video message to Americans living and working overseas, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton offer remarks celebrating U.S. Independence Day on July 4, 2011.

Secretary Clinton said, "...At home, the Fourth of July means fireworks, barbeques, family and friends. But for all of you -- Americans living and working overseas -- this day takes on a whole new meaning. It's an opportunity to share our culture and our spirit, to open our doors and welcome new friends and partners. I want to thank you for representing the American people so well, on this and every other day. Today is a time to celebrate the birth of our nation and the values that have sustained us for 235 years -- equality, opportunity and the rights enshrined in our founding documents."

Secretary Clinton continued, "This year, we have been reminded again that these are not just American values, they are truly universal values. And as people across North Africa, the Middle East and around the world risk their lives to claim these universal human rights and freedoms, Americans are proud to stand with them. We are united by our common hopes and aspirations for a better world."

You can read a transcript of the remarks here.

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John P.
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Greece
July 4, 2011

John P. in Greece writes:

Proud to be an American! *****

donald M.
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Virginia, USA
July 4, 2011

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

Happy 4th of July 2011

I wish everyone around the country, our forces abroad, and families who support our troops, A salute for our day in Glory. This is the ideal day for people to enjoy friends, bbq and relax. Remember all those Americans who have given their life so our country has the freedoms we have fought for. Take nothing for Granted in life. It is a proud day to be an American, My American flag flies with the Patriot Symbols of Freedom, Integrity and the fortitude of resolve. We are Americans and we get the JOB Done! Like John from Greece, very pound to be an American. We might not always agree, but we can agree on this point, it sure feels good knowing we have the most powerful military in the world, the most brightest people in science, and the best security agencies in our country who fight against terrorism. We have the best Engineers in the world. There is nothing we can't do together, no Mountains are too high for the United States of America, may Old Glory be around for generations to come! When the sun rises Americans bond together like the most powerful glue on earth. We are all one big family across this Nation. Smile and give thanks to the Lord who continues to bless our Nation. A-Men! When it gets a little tough, our guys get tougher!

Godspeed everyone!

21 Gun Salute and attention on deck! Salute and fire.....................!

Zharkov
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United States
July 4, 2011

Zharkov in the U.S.A. writes:

Finally, some U.S. journalists are beginning to ask some thoughtful, relevant questions of this government.

1. How many wars are too many?

The Pentagon is presently engaged in active combat in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. Military history demonstrates that a nation's armed forces don't hesitate to overextend themselves and that such overextensions are typically followed by a disasterous military defeat.

2. Are American national interests at risk in those countries more vital than the survival of all state and local governments in America which are now shutting down for lack of funds?

The Minnesota government just shut down for the second time in six years, Wisconsin is engaged in a political civil war over its budget and both states are in relatively good financial health compared to bankrupt states such as Illinois and California. The $4 trillion that was spent on two of the six current wars alone would have been enough to not only eliminate the $2.4 trillion in outstanding state and local government debt, but to pay off 16 percent of the outstanding $9.6 trillion in federal debt as well. Alternatively, that $4 trillion could have been used to pay off 31 percent of all U.S. household debt, including mortgages.

3. Why is a permanent state of war acceptable to a "civil society"?

Since no conditions for winning what has been variously labeled "The War on Terror,""The Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism,""The Crusade for World Democratic Revolution,""The Bush-Obama Wars,""The Last Gasp of the U.S. Empire," or my personal favorite, "The Drone Wars," have ever been articulated, there is literally no end in sight. Wars always turn a civil society into a military society.

4. Is an aggressive foreign policy even remotely compatible with principles of international law or limited government?

If the U.S. federal government asserts the right to forcibly intervene inside the borders of nations over which it has no legal authority, there is nothing to prevent it from doing the same within U.S. borders - except, of course, for the same Constitution it is currently ignoring by waging six wars still undeclared by Congress.

5. Why are aliens from enemy nations allowed to migrate to the United States?

If their ideology is so dangerous that we have to attack them to encourage them to leave us in peace, it seems unlikely that settling tens of thousands of them in cities across the United States is going to make Americans any safer.

6. Why is popular Islamic democracy not only preferred by this administration to any other form of Arab government, but justification for military intervention?

As the military history of democracies from Athens to the United States of America will show, democracies are actually more aggressively militant than most non-democracies. In fact, there has never been a more democratically legitimate leader than Adolf Hitler, who, unlike the unelected of the present European Union, went to the people no less than four times to confirm public support for his actions.

7. Consider as you celebrate the crumbling ruins of what was once American freedom, that after every war of the 20th century, from World War I to Vietnam, Americans eventually learned that they had been manipulated into going to war by their political leaders.

From the sinking of the Maine to the Gulf of Tonkin, from Woodrow Wilson's secret machinations to those of Winston Churchill and F.D.R., history has always revealed that the bloody flag was at least partially stained with red paint. In light of what has happened repeatedly in the past, what are the odds that this is not also true of the current collection of wars?

OGUNLEYE O.
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Nigeria
July 4, 2011

Ogunleye O. in Nigeria writes:

Our heros should never be forgoting!

Toronto l.
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Canada
July 5, 2011

C.L. in Canada writes:

the hero are not just American values.they are truly universal values. and we should keep them in mind ,have a granceful heartin life. they owe themselves to provide us rights and freedon . they should be memorized.

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