Townhall's intrepid boy columnist, Ben Shapiro, pens what would have to be the worst Independence Day tribute I have seen. He combines lines from the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" with some from the Declaration of Independence, presidential war speeches and his own deep thoughts to make the founding of the United States synonymous with a declaration of permanent war. Oddly he neglects to mention William McKinley's plans to "Christianize" and "civilize" the Phillipines or quote from LBJ's Gulf of Tonkin speech:
His truth is marching on. On January 31, 2006, as American troops were engaged in remote areas of the Islamic world, President George W. Bush gave his State of the Union Address. "Lincoln could have accepted peace at the cost of disunity and continued slavery," Bush said. "Martin Luther King could have stopped at Birmingham or at Selma, and achieved only half a victory over segregation. The United States could have accepted the permanent division of Europe, and been complicit in the oppression of others. Today, having come far in our own historical journey, we must decide: Will we turn back, or finish well?That's a brief taste. Read the whole thing only if you have a strong stomach.