How the Bureacrats Stole Patriotism

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The year is 1776. July 3, 1776. One day before a new country was born, the United States of America. The former colony of Great Britain has just finished it’s Declaration of Independence, and signing of the document by revolution leaders is planned for the next day. John Adams, a future American president and one of the writers of the Declaration itself, sends a letter to his wife, Jane, on this day. In this letter, he proclaimed that the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration should be "solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more." The next year, on the first anniversary of the signing, Congress itself ordained this tradition, enjoying "a grand exhibition of fireworks…” (Sneed). Fireworks have been a symbol of America’s freedom ever since that Fourth of July in 1777. Something about the luminous streaks of light radiating from the sky mesmerizes Americans when they see it. There is no greater joy than to watch the red, white and blue stripes proclaiming to all, “America is free, and proud to be that way!” Now, however, that blood-tingling, heart-thrashing scenario is gone, stamped with a big red “X” by some bureaucrat. The eye-popping pyrotechnics are no more, all one has left to do on the Fourth of July is hold a stick burning at 2000°F. Sounds delightful, does it not? Why not talk some sense to the people of Illinois, especially

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