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We understand that many of you may be busy today, hanging with friends and family, tossing back a few cold ones, and eating in such a manner as to accelerate the onset of atherosclerosis. That's what we all do on Fourth of July weekend: we party. We'll be in and out all day ourselves, but have posts scheduled as always in case you should you decide to take a breather from the steady flow of brew and burgers. If you can, spare a couple of minutes to read this before you kick off the festive long weekend. It is why July 4th is important, and trust us -- the fireworks are even better when you remember exactly what you're celebrating. One remarkable document signed by 56 courageous men exactly 232 years ago today gave birth to these United States of America. Sometimes we take it for granted. Today we remember why we shouldn't.

Happy Independence Day!

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      • 7 Years Ago
      America... F&^K YEAAAAAAAHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Happy Independence Day, America!

      And I waiting articles! :) The cars are part of our life!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Happy Independence Day to you too, Autoblog
      • 7 Years Ago
      Happy independence day America. And to you all. You have a great country, with great people and, at last but not least, with great cars. :-)
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      Thanks for the post guys. I hope all of you do get a chance to read the link the team put up. I remember hearing a figure a couple of years ago that something like 40% of high-school kids couldn't tell you why we celebrated the 4th of July. That tragedy should be addressed on every possible forum so thanks to Autoblog for doing their part.

      I hope everyone enjoys the Holiday week end.

      God Bless The U.S.A.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Holy crap! Friday's drawing to a close. 2 more days and we'll resume normal programming of some Monday morning blues.
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      happy 4th of July. I hope you'll post something about muscle cars too because muscle cars represent America.
      • 7 Years Ago
      happy independence day america! you have a great country, always remember that.

      • 7 Years Ago
      What made America Great? Liberty, Freedom, Capitalism all bound by the rule of Natural Law.

      American Liberty: The ability of an individual citizen to do what they want when they want to do it, to "pursue their happiness", unfettered, unrestricted, and unbound in any way, other than by one simple rule: they cannot trample upon or usurp the same rights of his fellow citizen. This is the cornerstone of our country's success. It's economic corollary? Capitalism.

      Our government's job is to protect the liberty of every individual equally under the law. No other role is appropriate, nor sanctioned by the Constitution (if in doubt, read it). There is no role for government to "distribute wealth" or "distribute rights" as so many modern day Marxists/Leftists would shortsightedly advocate. It is our President, the executor of laws, who must clearly articulate and actively defend the role of government in a free society. Vote for Liberty.

      The strength of America rests on protecting each of our individual Unalienable Rights given to us by our Creator. Among those Unalienable Rights are life, liberty, and property. Laws must be created that equally protect our liberty, not unequally usurp it. It is in our Legislature where Senators and Representatives, each of whom must seek Enlightenment by reading of our Founding Documents and the Philosophy that born them, who must work daily to protect our Liberty (not take it from us) from tyrannical and fiendish internal and external threats. Vote for Liberty.

      Despite the self-serving proclamations of persons on the Left, there is no such thing as "too much freedom", unless one individual uses their freedom to demonstrably and quantitatively harm another individual, their person, or property. Demonstrably and Quantitatively, in a court of law, ruled by laws, not by men's opinions. Designed to be presided over by Enlightened judges who swear to uphold and defend our Constitution as it is written, who abide by the rule of law and not the rule of personal politics, who seek to protect the blessings of Liberty while protecting us from those who abuse it, it is in the outcome of our Courts, sadly, that the future of our American Experiment rests today. Vote for Liberty.

      It wasn't supposed to be this way. How did it happen? With our burdens reduced by modern day conveniences, our rational minds are at ease. We've collectively forgotten (or have been persuaded or duped from recognizing) that all tyranny needs to take a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent (Read: Thomas Jefferson). Vote for Liberty.

      The unrestricted human intellect can solve almost any problem. Despite the "sky is falling" proclamations of Global Warming lunatics that threaten our love of the automobile in their bid to usurp our liberty and accumulate power for election/re-election, let us never forget that freedom and enginuity, driven purely by the profit motive, has raised our collective life expectancy from 38 years old (1900) to 76 years old (2004), despite our use and reliance upon Big Oil, despite "obscene" profits, despite "evil" big business, despite the disparity of wealth between the nation's richest and poorest, despite every proclamation the Marxist/Leftists have ever made denouncing the undeniable human benefits of Capitalism (Read: Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. Ayn Rand).

      Not despite Capitalism. Because of it.

      On Independence Day, I ask my fellow Autobloggers, my fellow car crazed citizens, to remember exactly what made America great. Study it. Fix America. And vote for Liberty.

      Read: Milton Freedman, Ayn Rand, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Locke.
        • 7 Years Ago
        LOL @ the long-winded libertarian that posted above. Go back to your Ron Paul and Libertarian blogs and leave Autoblog out of your idiotic ramblings where they have no place.
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        Crack kills.
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        @ TheRaven, please take your anti-Americanism to some Obama blog where they care what you say.

        Happy 4th to all and God Bless America!
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Global Warming Lunatics." If this doesn't prove how self-obsessed many Americans are - to the point of destroying the rest of the world out of sheer avarice - then nothing will.
      • 7 Years Ago
      God Bless this country, and all the men and women who have given their lives to protect her.

      Happy 4th (5th as I post this, had too much Sam Adams on the 4th to post)
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