Marking the 4th in America

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The Discoshaman/TulipGirl family is celebrating Independence Day in America this year for the first time in several years. Discoshaman writes about how they celebrated, and TulipGirl has pictures.

I love the fact that they wanted to include in their observances a viewing of the movie "Red Dawn" -- a film we referred to at the time as the official movie of the 1984 Republican National Convention. In the film, Patrick Swayze and C. Thomas Howell (fresh from gang battles on the mean streets of Tulsa) take on a Soviet/Cuban invasion of small-town America. My favorite moment in the movie is when the Cuban commander orders his men to round up all the gun owners in the county. How does he know who these gun owners are? From the registration records collected by an American government that didn't respect the Second Amendment. (The hamhandedness of that plot point shouldn't distract from the fact that invading tyrants would do exactly that.)

Discoshaman also lets us know how the lefty intellectualoids are observing the holiday and uses a unique illustration, no doubt meaningful to his four boys, to teach the relationship between rights and responsibilities.


Matthew said:


...but seriously, that movie was pretty awesome to my pre-adolescent self. It's right-wing politics were not lost on me at the time, but that didn't make it any less relevant to the Cold War era.

I was in seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, at the time the moview came out. I took my wife on a date night to see it (yeah, a real chick flick ;). The audience cheered whenever the Wolverines would stick it to the Soviets and their allies. One older gentlemen solemnly told me after it was over that this indeed would happen to us iffin' we didn't watch-out.

It was good to see the old cowboy actor Ben Johnson in the movie -- much of it was shot on his ranch.

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