Independence Day, 2020
166 Days since first US infection
No headlines today, it is my day off from the endless tsunami of headlines.
July 4th is celebrated as our Independence Day, but that is a falsehood. It is not historically accurate, and certainly was not inclusive at the time. Nor was it always a holiday, it was made an official holiday during WW2 as a morale booster, a paid day off. Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, not 1776.
Further it is really July 2nd, not the fourth.
“We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. But July 4, 1776 wasn’t the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (they did that on July 2, 1776).”
“It wasn’t the day we started the American Revolution either (that had happened back in April 1775). And it wasn’t the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence (that was in June 1776). Or the date on which the Declaration was delivered to Great Britain (that didn’t happen until November 1776). Or the date it was signed (that was August 2, 1776).
So what did happen on July 4, 1776? The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They’d been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes.
July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August (the copy now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) It’s also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 was the date they remembered.
In contrast, we celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, the anniversary of the date the Constitution was signed, not the anniversary of the date it was approved. If we’d followed this same approach for the Declaration of Independence we’d being celebrating Independence Day on August 2nd of each year, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed!”
“For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn’t celebrate it much on any date. It was too new and too much else was happening in the young nation. By the 1790s, a time of bitter partisan conflicts, the Declaration had become controversial. One party, the Democratic-Republicans, admired Jefferson and the Declaration. But the other party, the Federalists, thought the Declaration was too French and too anti-British, which went against their current policies.”
“By 1817, John Adams complained in a letter that America seemed uninterested in its past. But that would soon change. After the War of 1812, the Federalist Party began to come apart and the new parties of the 1820s and 1830s all considered themselves inheritors of Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans. Printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776, listed at the top. The deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4, 1826, may even have helped to promote the idea of July 4 as an important date to be celebrated.
Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas. Further legislation about national holidays, including July 4, was passed in 1939 and 1941.–constitutionfacts.org
Now most folks know this well “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Not so many ever considered what a blatant lie that was. Natives were not even seen as ‘men’, but savages. Blacks and Latinos were seen as sub-human; not as ‘human’ as whites. So those men were not ‘created equal’ under our constitution either. Black men were classified as 3/5 of a person, natives and Latinos not mentioned at all.
Few folks outside of the history buffs are even aware of the next paragraph. Sure they read it once in school perhaps, but not since.
“That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”
This second part of the opening plainly illustrates that the Government implemented by those founders created a government which was constructive to ‘Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness’ only for white land owning men. All others were not even considered, they were outright disregarded by the prejudices of those times of which the founders were as subject as all others.
It seems that by our own standards all people who are not ‘White, land owning Men’ ought to demand a change so that the new government actually supports and upholds the lofty ethical standards set in the declaration. This will require several constitutional amendments, and preferably a new continental congress to hash out all these issues.
Donald Trump “Cases, Cases, Cases! If we didn’t test so much and so successfully, we would have very few cases”
That is patently false and one of the most moronic things I have ever heard.
If you don’t test for Cancer when you have symptoms, you never find any cancer, you just die. If you never get a breast exam or a colonoscopy, you never detect the cancer which is killing you until it is too late to do anything about it.
Tests do not create cases dumbass, they detect the already existing cases we do not know about, and need to know about!
If we did not do testing, we would bloom so bad the hospitals would overflow and the death count would run into the millions, as normal heart attacks and car accidents would be pressed for the space to get treated. Donald Trump, the Ignoramus in Chief “In the meantime, Deaths and the all important Mortality Rate goes down.”
Deaths lag, as you have already been told, so yes deaths are down because NY flattened their curve, but then the entire south and most every red state re-opened and began to bloom. In 2-3 weeks we will see that bloom’s death count tick up. Mortality rate is not ‘all important’ either, it is of import yes, but so is communicability, and the effects of preexisting conditions.
This virus is still novel!
We do not understand it fully, we understand a little. We are seeing prolonged effects and life long after effects! Donald Trump is committing the greatest act of human savagery ever based purely on his ego and ignorance. Failing to react and pretending it will just go away is going to kill more of us than many wars, for what, his bases feelings, or his feelings?
We have a record number of case increase globally, all week long, the same with our south and southwest, all week long. That is an increase of infectivity and infection rates, the death count will follow in 2-3 weeks, and then persist for 3-4 more weeks afterwards.
Independence Day, 2020
4:00 PM–Numbers time
Global Infected 10,965,759 11,152,515
Increase Infected 189,277 186,756
Global Dead 523,250 527,704
Increase Dead 5,294 4,454
US Infected 2,777,232 2,825,756
Increase Infected 55,271 48,524
US Dead 129,250 129,601
Increase Dead 294 351
Maine infected 3,373 3,397
Increase Infected 45 24
Maine Dead 105 105
Increase Dead 0 0
While I worked on this in isolation 4,454 of my fellow humans were exterminated by C-19, of those 351 were my fellow Americans.