This is a great story about what it means to be American, remember our country was born on protests;

On July 9, 1776, a rowdy group of American colonists banded together at a political rally in New York City and did something that today would be called “badass.”They had just been treated to a public reading of the Declaration of Independence, which Congress had officially adopted less than a week earlier.

After hearing calls to “dissolve the political bands” of tyranny, they marched to a public park that featured a statue of King George III, Britain’s ruler, and knocked the 4,000-pound statue off its 15-foot pedestal.The head of the statue was then decapitated and perched on top of a spike, and much of the rest was melted down to make 42,000 musket balls for American soldiers.

The historian Erika Doss thought of that scene recently while watching protesters toppling statues of Confederate heroes. Doss, who recounts the 1776 episode in her book, “Memorial Mania,” sees a parallel between the colonists who fought against Great Britain and protesters who rail against Confederate monuments today.

Of course our All-Knowing SD AG has a different take on history (as he reads off of piece of paper – I mean really Jason, you can’t remember 4 minutes worth of commentary? Doubt he wrote the talking points).

I watched most of the event last night and also got a good chuckle out of Noem reading the teleprompter in the podium (why didn’t she use the president’s? Or better yet, have the speech memorized?) Often when have done public input, I either just do it from thoughts I have or 5-10 words I wrote down on a piece of paper. It often amazes me how our supposed leaders who are supposed to be so passionate about their role can’t make a 5 minute speech without reading it. It is because they are not ‘passionate’ about anything except enriching themselves. I hope in November this country has a reckoning where the Senate and White House is turned over to the opposing party so we can go back to progressive ideals in this country like equality, higher education and healthcare for EVERY American. And while our founding fathers where mostly white Christian men they still believed this country was founded for everyone. Let the protests continue this is the only way we will topple this destructive regime that is persistent on burning it to the ground.

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  1. D@ily Spin on July 4, 2020 at 11:53 am said:

    Is Trump expecting his head next to Lincoln? I disagree with destroying statues. Yes, remove them but store them until a Civil War museum can be built. More men died in this war than all others. At Gettysburg, 100,000 died. Most suffered from musket wounds at the front for days before they finally died. A black regiment was important in the war. A black General was present when Grant and Lee signed the peace agreement.
    More importantly, statues are art. Destroying them speaks for a perverse culture.

  2. l3wis on July 4, 2020 at 3:49 pm said:

    I’m all for saving statues, but they belong in Civil War museums, not town squares. I said to someone the other day, ‘What if someone proposed a statue of Lee Harvey Oswald was put up in Dallas, how would that go over?’ It wouldn’t. Why? Because he was a traitor. So were the confederate generals and the traitor flag. We have a right to acknowledge history, but not glorify certain parts of it. How many statues in public squares exist of Hitler in Germany? I’m guessing ZERO.

  3. matt johnson on July 4, 2020 at 6:41 pm said:

    Tell me again who is burning America to the ground- 500 + fires in Minneapolis alone ; on another note, anyone who has Joe Biden as their savior shouldn’t complain about teleprompters- now if he just knew how to use them

  4. l3wis on July 4, 2020 at 8:22 pm said:

    MJ, you do realize that burning America to the ground is hyperbole and has nothing to do with actual fire?

  5. Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on July 4, 2020 at 10:40 pm said:

    Patsies never get statutes. The Warren Commission, however, did create a pedestal of blame for the one who didn’t do it.

    And imagine applying for your first job, where you claim your diploma came from Hitler High.

  6. "Very Stable Genius" on July 4, 2020 at 10:45 pm said:

    “It often amazes me how our supposed leaders who are supposed to be so passionate about their role can’t make a 5 minute speech without reading it. It is because they are not ‘passionate’ about anything except enriching themselves.”

    Boy, ain’t that the truth. Republican politicians are nothing but resume stuffers. They like to wave and embrace the flag, however, but when it comes to impromptu substance, they are at best a CliffNotes leader.

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