Extravagant fireworks, parades, reopening of Statue of Liberty highlight July 4th celebrations

  • Article by: COLLEEN LONG , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 5, 2013 - 12:50 AM

NEW YORK — Extravagant displays of Fourth of July fireworks lit up the skies around the nation, including 19 single bursts in Arizona to remember the firefighters killed in a wildfire, the Statue of Liberty reopened eight months after it was shuttered by Superstorm Sandy, and President Obama urged citizens to live up to the words of the Declaration of Independence.

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treetoad22Jul. 4, 1312:32 PM

"President Barack Obama urged citizens to live up to the words of the Declaration of Independence." That's a hollow statement. Patriotism is now an ugly word, and isn't even in the left wing's vocabulary. We see daily assaults on the Constitution and the Pledge of Allegiance is mocked or outright banned. We also have a president who wants the U.S. to be as drab and dreary as every other socialist country out there. So much for being an exceptional country.

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fearofmusicJul. 4, 13 2:19 PM

Uh...just fyi the word patriotism never appears in in the declaration. What does appear however, is a bunch of criticism toward the British gov't, which forms the basis for the independence of the USA. It's almost as if the US was formed in an atmosphere of criticizing one's own (well...former) government - as yo do in your own post - and freedom of speech is a lot more significant than "patriotism" or having to say the pledge of allegiance, which btw always seemed to me like something out of the "drab and dreary" socialist country narrative.

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treetoad22Jul. 4, 13 4:51 PM

Uh...fearofmusic, really? Where's my freedom of speech when the Strib's moderators refuse to publish most of my comments? Please ask them and get back to me.

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jjbgollyJul. 4, 13 5:57 PM

Camp Lejeune has its fireworks show cancelled this year due to budget cuts due to "sequestration" (see-castration) even though a private company offers to do the show for free. "Private" being a bad thing because it isn't government controlled and run. However, Obama has the funds to fly to Africa for $6.5 million. I'm sure him going there was really important. Heck, he's spent of $24M this year alone flying around. Where's his solar powered plane? Oh yea, it went bankrupt. Had enough yet, folks?

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kafantarisJul. 5, 1311:04 AM

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." These soothing words on the Statue of Liberty are a warm welcome and reflect that we are a magnanimous people; that our country is still the steady beacon of hope. As of late we have grown weary and may prefer that someone else take the lead. But there are no takers, nor anyone yet the world is ready to follow. Let's soldier on then and continue to jump through the hoops and over the hurdles as we had done the last century. And let's remember that though the world may not always agree, it still deems us its de facto leader -- the singular example of how things ought to be.

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