Greetings Winter Watchers from Huntington Beach. The weather is perfect and the third day of Independence Day celebrations are getting underway. Huntington Beach, also known as Surf City, is in Orange County, one of the last pro-American/nationalist strongholds along coastal California, a state that is nearly fully captured and arguably wholly controlled by fifth columnists and cultural Marxists.
Surf City’s holiday festivities include an old-fashioned neighborhood patriots’ parade, carnival rides, free outdoor concerts on the beach, Condor Squadron flyover and aerial acrobatics and, of course, a fireworks show. Word around the beach fire is that many of this year’s fireworks displays are going to be massive, because cities are using not just this year’s fireworks but also last year’s cache since 2020 events were cancelled due to the scamdemic.
As I rolled into town Friday, the size of the crowds on the streets and at the beach was mind boggling. Nobody was wearing masks. Nobody was social distancing. It was like the last 18 months was a bad dream.
Business Insider reports that Independence Day will be one of the country’s first shifts toward a pre-pandemic “normal” and there’s pent-up demand for travel and leisure activities. AAA reported more than 47 million Americans planned an Independence Day getaway — a 40% increase from this time last year. Those who do not plan to get vaccinated are more likely to participate in holiday activities, Business Insider reports, citing a new survey from consumer insights firm Numerator. Check.
With the backdrop of the ocean and pier, the heady smell of Coppertone lingering in the air coupled with an occasional whiff of weed carried on a cool breeze, I’m reminded of happy memories of growing up in The O.C. All in all, it’s everything one could want for the holiday weekend with one glaring exception: Nearly every event is billed as a “Fourth of July celebration.”
July 4 is a calendar date, devoid of anything meaningful. It’s a day the post office is closed, tortilla chips are on sale and the electric bill is due. Independence Day, however, expresses the values of autonomy and nationalism. Independence Day pays homage to the sacrifices of our nation’s ancestors who battled for freedom. Let’s not let this sacred day be bastardized by globalists who want us to forget the true meaning of America: liberation from tyrannical rule (aka self-determination).
It’s essential to pause and remember and what America is supposed to represent, as outlined by our forefathers. Yes, that means celebrating nationalism, which to globalists is another dirty word. Nationalism is a rejection of open borders, unfair trade and centralized control, such as the E.U. and central banks. It is not a rejection of controlled immigration, fair trade and mutually beneficial alliances.
That said, as you may recall (but likely don’t), we posted the “2016 State of the First Amendment survey” conducted by the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center, which found that 39 percent of Americans that year could not name a single First Amendment freedom. (They apparently didn’t know what they’re supposed to be celebrating on the Fourth of July either.)
But there was some good news in Newseum’s 2016 report. Around 86 percent of respondents at that time believed in “protecting speech,” while just 10 percent favored limits aimed at “protecting people from hearing things that offend them.”
Since nearly half of Americans didn’t know what their First Amendment freedoms were, they had no qualms about denying others theirs, Newseum’s 2017 report showed. The survey was based on key issues during that year, including free speech on campus, the publication of leaked information and “fake news” — a malicious label that multiple mainstream media outlets attached to this very website (coupled with gross lies about what we were reporting).
Fast forward to 2019, the most recent year for which there was a survey, and things haven’t really improved. Though the number of the people who can name at least one of their First Amendment freedoms increased in recent years, fewer and fewer year over year since 2012 believe that speech is an absolute right.
Among current issues covered in this report was social media censorship — or, as the Freedom Institute called it, “Misunderstanding of First Amendment Freedoms in the Digital Space.” The institute, in previous articles, explained that he First Amendment protects individuals from government censorship. But social media platforms are private companies that can censor what people post on their websites as they see fit. However, it acknowledges that social media’s growing role in public discourse — acting as a town square, if you will — muddies the waters.
For its 2019 survey, it “added a question to gauge whether participants understand the limits of the First Amendment on social media platforms.” The survey asked participants to agree or disagree with the following statement:
“Social media companies violate users’ First Amendment rights when they ban users based on the content of their posts.”
Sixty-five percent of participants agreed. The report noted that those who agreed were “surprisingly” more capable of recalling three or more First Amendment freedoms, and more likely to be Republicans (71 percent) than Democrats (62 percent).
“The results,” the report states, “suggest confusion about the application of the First Amendment protections on social media platforms.”
“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” — Jon Kabat-Zinn