Our Annual 4th of July Salute

Posted: July 4, 2019 in Livin' in the USA, Quotations

FOURTH OF JULY, n. Independence Day. A day set aside to celebrate the throwing off of foreign tyranny and its replacement by domestic tyranny.

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–from the revised and expanded edition of The American Heretic’s Dictionary, the 21st-century successor to Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary

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Speaking of Bierce, here’s an apropos definition from his Dictionary:

Patriotism, n. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one anxious to illuminate his name. In Dr. Johnson’s famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last refuge of a scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer, I beg to submit that it is the first.

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(And don’t miss The Onion‘s Independence Day salute to America, “U.S. Flag Recalled After Causing 143 Million Deaths.”)

 

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