What Does The 4th Of July Mean In Modern Times?

A History Lesson

On the 4th of July, 1776, the original thirteen American colonies declared their independence from the British Empire in the form of the Declaration Of Independence. After 86 revisions of Thomas Jefferson’s original draft, the Continental Congress approved it, officially marking America has an independent nation. Since that faithful day of 1776 (or, at least when the American Revolution ended), the 4th of July has always been a national day of celebration; where people cherish everything that America stands for.

America has always been the land of the free, and the home of the brave. The lands where people have rights to pursue the American dream of a white picketed house in the suburbs, fatherhood, and a successful career, among other goals. I don’t need to go into more detail on these topics as they have already been covered in great detail in the ROK archives.

But the fact that these original American goals, dreams, and ways of life have become such a black hole means that the meaning of the 4th of July has changed over time. So what does the 4th of July mean in our modern era?

The 4th of July has become nothing more than another commercial holiday: another excuse to get drunk, eat junk food, and escape the grind of the workforce for one measly day. While people might dress up in red, white, and blue, it’s hard to imagine that true American spirit still holds the same meaning as it did when our founding fathers signed their names on the Declaration Of Independence. How can it, when the true American dream has been utterly ripped apart and stomped on by poor government spending, a welfare system that greatly promotes the scum of society mooching off of the hard workers, and work environments so toxic that a large portion of the population resembles roly polys from sitting at their desks all day?

Our founding fathers are rolling over in their graves.

This is not what they envisioned, I’m sure. Yet, every year as summer rolls around, we bring out the beer coolers, march like robots in cheesy parades, and light off fireworks (if you’re lucky enough to live in an area you can actually buy them yourself) to celebrate the American dream that is now buried with Thomas Jefferson and the rest of the Continental Congress. I mean, a contest where we watch people shove dozens of hot dog down their throats in a matter of minutes is one of the most popular 4th of July events.

Hypocritical disclaimer: I am spending my 4th of July drinking and participating in a giant marshmallow fight on the beach. It seems patriotic, right?

Modern Day 4th Of July

Despite the problems I’ve posed above, there is a light to be gleaned from this.

This community at ROK is still free. While societal odds might be stacked against us, we know how to push forward as men and continue to achieve our goals and dreams; despite the fact that those goals may not flow with the old-fashioned American dream.

But screw that, because now we have the whole world at our fingertips. Rather than your suburbia neighborhood, you are free to explore the beaches of South America or the beautiful architecture of Europe. Rather than grinding out your own career, you can make a living off of the Internet. Rather than put up with the American dating scene, you can use it to score all of the free, easy sex you want.

Maybe it’s time to put a new spin on the 4th of July. Rather than speaking in misery of what America used to be, and what it has become, think of the 4th of July as your time to sit back, reflect, and realize how lucky we all are to have taken the red pill – American dream be damned.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July.

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83 thoughts on “What Does The 4th Of July Mean In Modern Times?”

  1. “The tree of liberty must be refreshed with the blood of patriots and tyrants alike(1776)” Thomas Jefferson. In the modern context the liberty tree is only getting the blood from the hymen of your standard 13 year old girl who loses her virginity and 40 year year old woman’s uterus blood from last call childbirth. No wonder we live in the Wasteland and the tree’s “roots will not hold”(TS Eliot).

  2. “America has always been the land of the free…” are you entirely sure about that?

  3. Hey guys, big brother still lets me piss where ever I want to. Let’s have a holiday to celebrate. Hey, it could be much worse, at least we can still piss

      1. Technically you could still piss at that point. You would just have to do so sitting down. LOL I cant help but laugh thinking that somewhere in the world some “male” politician actually proposed this. How would they even enforce this? Flying tiny robots with cameras that buzz around your house ticketing you every time you piss standing up?
        Goodbye western civilization!
        For all the enablers of this twilight zone horror show I wish the most painful and untimely deaths and then a welcome with open arms by the devil for your eternal home in the bowels of the bottomless pit.

        1. Here’s the answer as well as solution to your question and problem all in one. Just replace “swearing” with “pissing”:

        2. And the worse part about that clip is that is where society is heading.

        3. That is the shit you’re allowing these motherfuckers to turn Free Speech into.
          You’ve become a nation of sissies that can’t stand up and say FUCK YOU!
          I am fucking glad that sites like this still exist. I am glad there are people who don’t fuck with Free Speech and I am glad cunts who do, don’t have and the balls to remain here.

  4. “Since that faithful day”…. Don’t mean to nitpick but I think you meant “fateful”.

  5. Today is the day when millions of Americans get together to celebrate… um… I’m not really sure what they are celebrating, actually. And they’re not really sure, either. Maybe they are celebrating the fact that lots of people fought and died so that, instead of being taxed at around 4% by a king, we could be taxed at around 40% by a gigantic swarm of politicians, bureaucrats and other parasites. Because that’s much better, right? Maybe they are celebrating the fact that they are now violently controlled and extorted by thugs and thieves who don’t live as far away as they did before. Because gee, having the Mafia living next door is WAY better than having the Mafia living on the other side of an ocean, right? Maybe they are celebrating the IDEA of freedom, despite the fact that the vast majority of Americans have no damn idea what freedom is, as demonstrated by how many of them still refer to this slave plantation as the “land of the free.” Maybe they are celebrating the spirit of resistance… which has been trained out of 99% of the population, who now view as extremists and terrorists the 1% who actually DO believe in disobeying and resisting tyranny. Or maybe they are just celebrating the fact that their political masters still allow them to ingest one mind-altering substance (a really dangerous one, incidentally) which allows them to forget what a pathetic bunch of cowardly slaves they are. Does that offend any of you flag-waving serfs? If so, I have a message to deliver to you, from beyond the grave:
    “Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offence, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings. … We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it. … Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last [two hundred] years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of [government]. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne. In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free–if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending–if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight! … They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a [government agent] shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. [Three hundred] million[] people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. … There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! … The war is inevitable, and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come. It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace, but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! … Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” – Patrick Henry
    Until you grow a pair, Mr. and Mrs. America, stop parroting the BS mythology about freedom and independence. Either learn what freedom is and make it happen, or just admit that you’re a bunch of cowardly slaves who will never lift a finger to try to resist your own enslavement, or the enslavement of your fellow man.
    “If you love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” – Samuel Adams

    1. That rant was courtesy of Anarcho-Capitalist Evangelist Larken Rose, btw.

    2. Slightly bitter but somewhat true. The Tax regime “imposed” by Westminster on the colonies was pretty small in comparison with that in the Motherland. It’s not like George III was imposing queer marriage, no fault divorce, child support, conscription and racial equality. If you did well in the Empire you got Knighthoods and land.

    3. A bit hyperbolic but all nations are like this. We are the least worst. If I had a t shirt it would say “we’re the least worst”. Love the Sam Adams quote. He was such a badass. My fave founding father

      1. The least worst? Lmao. Culturally, we are THE worst of the dozen or so countries I’ve been to. Other countries may not have the wealth that we do, but they also don’t have the problems that come along with it.

        1. Couldn’t agree more. Having lived in about 5 countries and traveling to about over 30, one would be hard pressed to find a country more oppressive that “the land of the free,” with its fucking arbitrary laws and man-hating agenda.
          Even China is more free for christ’s fucking sake.

    4. I couldn’t have written this better myself. Fantastic treatise, and absolutely true, every word. The deal is, each time you try to enlighten one of the serfs about their servitude, they start spewing piss and vinegar at you.
      Huxley had it right. “There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.”

  6. We are reaping the fruits of the overthrow of our God appointed sovereign, King George III.
    I’m only half joking.

    1. I would dearly wish to agree with you though i doubt you visited Old Blighty as of late now, have you?

      1. Point taken, but if history had gone a different road in 1776 Old Blighty would be a very different place, as the so called Enlightenment might never have gotten a foothold creating the modern world we all know and loathe.

        1. The defeat of Republicanism might have been a good. It’s worth exploring the idea at least.

  7. The 4th means your can purchase a 50″ HDTV for under $500 at HHGreg, and other similar July 4th values at your local bix-box retailers.

    1. Don’t forget all those stuffed American Eagles. Aren’t those majestic birds supposed to be protected?

  8. Everyone ought to think about his Independence Day today.
    Independence from what?
    1. Ignorance. All the wool that’s been pulled over your eyes about American history for a start. And foolishness of believing in the “American dream of a white picketed house in the suburbs, fatherhood, a successful career, Democrat v Republican and ‘We’re No. 1!’.”
    2. Poverty. The slavery of working 9 to 5, the tyranny of the commute, and the bondage of childmony payments.
    3. Disease. Cheetos, beer, porn, soda pop, TeeVee, Game of Thrones, Facebook, Twinder, juice, and “always be closing.”

  9. Let’s take this 4th of July to welcome all of our new central american countrymen brought to us courtesy of the great Presidente de los Estados Unidos Barry Obama!

  10. If you don’t like America, I hear Somalia is taking applications for citizenship

    1. I’m already there my good Sir. Just so happens riding a technical has been my dream job since childhood. None of this faggy fake-ass gay cowboy wannabe “open carry” with a puny glock strapped to my waist bullshit when I can have my hands wrapped around the grip of a .50 cal former AAA mounted to a pickup while by homies are sporting’ AKs, bazookas and RPGs along with magnificent ammo belts reminiscent of the Mexican banditos of old. Now there’s them real livin’ I tells y’all!

    2. Does that also go for those who don’t like the dominance of Feminism in America?

  11. A lot of hate for America on here. Quick, you’ve got 5 seconds name a country with higher overall quality of life, more freedoms, and better opportunities.
    Yeah, that’s what I thought.

        1. WTF. Nice way to cut you off at the knees if you dare become too “ambitious”. So you mean I cannot trade in my investment banker suit and Mercedes by the end of the day for a set of boots and overalls before getting into my landscaping biz pickup for a round of “night gardening”?

    1. Foreign travels have been extensively covered on this blog and deemed superior to America.

    2. It’s not hate to point out the truth. If the truth offends you, you’ve come to the wrong place. Maybe a dose of pro-American corporate media propaganda will make you feel better.

    3. Even if that were true, so what? Does that imply nobody has any basis to complain or agitate for change? Are the currently existing countries in the world some kind of complete set of all the kinds of countries there could possibly ever be, i.e. there will never be anything better than contemporary America?
      Heck, this very site is based on a grievance against significant part of the social order of contemporary America.

  12. I find the term “Founding Fathers” to be sexist! What about the Founding Mothers?

  13. What does it mean today? Well, apparently Americans don’t even know any more. And yet they get to vote.

      1. He did it on purpose.
        He’s highlighting that no one he spoke to knew anything about it.

        1. yeah I figured that a minute too late. It was clear when he got China involved lol.

  14. Home of the fat, land of the slave.
    USA have not been a free, democratic nation in over a 100 years. Quit pretending.

  15. Saw the town fireworks tonight and chattted up a clique of girlfriends reuniting. You RARELY see the real hiding beauties in your community until you go to the carnival or the 4th fireworks. Their group stayed cohesive as they were leaving in the same van. Two were so scantily clad, string bikinis, no tan lines, I didn’t notice the tiny string without my reading glasses until I put them on to work my phone to show them a cool place on street view. Anyways, it got me thinking how this girl can exhibit herself like this, I mean she at first appeared to have her crotch covered and nipples only. It looked from a distance like she put two circular garage sale price tag stickers over her nipples only. Barely legal in public FOR A WOMAN, but not a man. A woman can exhibit herself and get winks and free omlette at waffle house at 2am and chomp it in front seat of cop car and free ride home and the cops cell # if she ever needs a white night. But MEN on the other hand are more shamed of displaying their anatomy. A woman can stuff her top but if a man stuffs his swimsuit, he’s told to leave the pool. A double standard. If a man covered ONLY what was necessary (some religions call it the ‘redskin’) , that is, if I placed only a GI-joe german army helmet over my dickhead and went out in public, THEY’D THROW ME INTO A CAGE, right? Women become the exhibitionists in matriarchal cultures. Unter total and complete patriarchy, I assume a man would be able to flop his jewel out and WAVE IT AROUND FOR ALL THE FINE FAIR MAIDENS TO BEHOLD. Yes indeed, he could point it to the sky and FIRE IT OFF LIKE IT WAS THE FOURTH OF JULY. It is said that the obelisk represents man’s freeing himself from ancient totalitarian matriarchal rule. So plant an obelisk in your yard this 4th and hold yonder in anticipation of the return of THE GREAT DICK. When MAN returns to the throne!

  16. “The red pill” and “American dream be damned” is not entirely useful in the same sentence. The red pill is the dream, thought not uniquely American. Real liberty has always been going your own way and not requiring someone else’s acceptance or permission.

  17. Interesting that a lot of people here are brushing off the 4th and the American Dream all the while affirming it by questioning it and re-evaluating it, thus keeping it alive.

  18. I celebrated this 4th of July by getting my passport stamped with a 183 day Peruvian visa. This 4th of July I declared my independence from America and have permanently voted with my feet. The only thing America has going for it is the Dollar. And even that is questionable at times. Use America for the currency, nothing else. The Marxists have subverted from within and are quietly winning. Go Galt and leave. Live your life. Don’t waste your precious time fighting for a country that shames you for your values you inherently believe in as a man. The fathers wanted all men to find life liberty and to pursue happiness. I intend to make good on that. America; you lost a good young man. The sphere saved my life.

  19. “The Founding Fathers are spinning in their graves…”
    Me, I don’t put much stock into the intellectual prowess of someone who thinks he can predict what a bunch of guys who lived in and whose opinions were formed through reflecting about a totally different world would think about the contemporary.

  20. The 4th of July is a day of mourning for any American that is informed.
    It’s over for America. What the Founding Fathers created has now become a twisted feminist state.
    So, fuck it. Yeah, get out. The pussy is better in other countries.

    1. That’s exactly what it is to me. Not a day to celebrate. We have fallen miserably short of the nation the Founders hoped to create. In short, they were far too optimistic. The natural human condition is slavery except among those few of us who have figured out the ruse.

      1. I think yanks still got an opportunity to restore the country they’ve ones had but that window is closing fast.

  21. Like it or not, you could make a compelling argument that the US the Founders envisioned died with the American Civil War. Slavery was wrong, yes. However, the Confederates believed that they had a legitimate quarrel with the United States. As per the Declaration, they seceded. They failed in the war, however.

  22. Not to mention most of the founders were somewhat free-loaders. The taxes levied against the colonies were taxes that Britain wanted in recompense for the huge expenses they suffered in the Seven Years War, protecting the colonists who were only too happy to accept British protection and even enlistment themselves. However, when it came time for the colonies to assume their share of the tax burden, men like George Washington (who were British soldiers in the same war), took up arms against George III. Yeah it’s funny how this all got turned around into a war of “independence” from “tyranny.” Truth is indeed stranger than fiction.

    1. The even stranger thing in all this is that I am quite ready to believe it. Traveling does indeed open one up to the varying narratives that have been constructed around the wold usually imposed by the dominant powers in place seeking moral justification for their station in the eyes of the concerned public.

    2. …sneaking in a “fair share” argument? Don’t lets be stupid. The Revolution kicked off plain and simple because “colonial scrip” was outlawed as currency by England through the Currency Act of 1764 http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/related/currencyact.htm It became illegal to use any currency in the colonies other than currency borrowed into existence, at interest, from England…sound familiar?
      Not religion.
      Not tea.
      Just money, and ensuring, by force, that the only money at the party was Rothschild money. Just like with Jackson, and Lincoln, and Garfield, and Kennedy, you fuck with the Reserve Bank, people start getting shot.

      1. The only pain the elite have ever(or ever will feel) is through the loss of money.

  23. Sorry to say, but the article proving that welfare-reliant people should die is 404-ing on me, is there a back-up?

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