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Rights and Responsibilities for the Fourth of July

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

I apologize if you are not in the USA but this post is USA-centric. The fourth of July is full of historic freight and significance. In 1776 the American Colonies declared their independence from England and King George III. In 1826 Thomas Jefferson and John Adams had duelling deaths. In 1827 slavery was abolished in New York state.

And today people have picnics, barbeques, and various celebrations, mostly involving food. However proud you may be of our nation, you are not obliged to wallow in potatoes--not in chips, not in potato salad, not in French fries, not in any way. If you must, consider a baked potato or roasted potatoes.

The Founding Fathers did not have a mandate to eat burgers and hot dogs in the Federalist Papers!

The Bill of Rights did not include the pursuit of junk food or overly caloric dishes when they mentioned the "pursuit of happiness" and if food is happiness for you (as it so often is for me) it's wise to find a substitute.

I plan to spend the fourth of July attuned to the dangers of overeating--maybe I will try to eat food that was only available in 1776. A day without brand names on my food is quite likely to be a healthy day! A very healthy day!
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    I like this idea, but I can't help feeling sorry for those poor founding fathers.
    1810 days ago
    Happy 4th of july; let's eat healthy. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1812 days ago
    Have a great 4th of July. Going to get in some decent exercise walking to the Fireworks Show. Hope you get to see some pretty fireworks where you are at.
    1812 days ago
  • LETHA_
    Right On!
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    1813 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/3/2013 1:06:14 PM
    emoticon Have a great 4th! It sounds like you'll have a healthy one :)
    1813 days ago
    Good advice
    1813 days ago
    What a wonderful idea - restricting food to that available in 1776! could be a great motto for all days (except I would so miss the spanish strawberries available here now and other exotic fruit and veg!)
    1813 days ago
  • POPSY190
    And it's not only food we should think about. The combustion engine had yet to be invented so it was shank's pony or riding if you were wealthy; there was no television and certainly no television remote! No supermarkets either - you had to grow or walk to get supplies. In other words, people until relatively recent times had to MOVE!
    Great blog. Best wishes for tomorrow. emoticon emoticon
    1813 days ago
    And my personal rant... the founding fathers certainly could not have forseen a future in which it would be very difficult for a small farmer to make the equivalent of $2 an hour and have to deal with all kinds of legal restrictions on what he or she can sell, where and to whom.

    So when you see a small farmer at a farm market, be kind, especially if it looks like they are having possibly a bad day. Don't compare their prices to WalMart's. Don't pretend you are the food inspector, coming to sniff all their jellies and cheeses - just kidding, ha ha! Things have gotten a little better in the last 5 years, but mostly because the states are broke and aren't operating stings and persecuting and prosecuting farmers over trumped up charges like they used to. (Plus, some bad press from stings in several states all at once really didn't look so good.)

    My personal rule - make friends with as many farmers as you can. Barter and buy from them whenever you can, if it is at all reasonable for you to do so. Grow what you can in your own back yard. Share with the neighbors. Learn to lean less on big agribusiness because they, with all their chemicals and tax breaks and such, are not looking out for you. But your neighbor and your farmer friend and anyone else you meet face to face WILL.

    The founding fathers knew this, because of course, they lived it. If they could have imagined the world we live in now, I am sure they would have written in better farm and food rights.
    1813 days ago
    Good advice.
    1813 days ago
    Great blog. Thanks.
    1813 days ago
    I love the idea of restricting your 4th of July foods to those available in 1776. What a lovely idea! I may have to try that at some point.
    1813 days ago
    Great blog on priorities! Since I'm a vegetarian I'm not tempted by burgers or hotdogs...but Haagen Daz is a different story!

    Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826 (the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence) after long and distinguished careers! They had earlier been friends, then political enemies, and by the end of their lives had maintained a steady correspondence. Adams’ last words were “Thomas Jefferson still survives” not knowing that Jefferson had died earlier that day in Virginia. Jefferson‘s last words were: “Is it the Fourth? I resign my spirit to God, my daughter, and my country.”

    I am NOT a history buff. I only know this because I recently checked the John Adams miniseries out from the library...and GREATLY ENJOYED THEM!!!

    The duel you may be referring to: On July 11, 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded Federalist Party leader Alexander Hamilton, George Washington's former Secretary of Treasury, in a duel at Weehawken, New Jersey. Hamilton had been a key factor in Burr's defeat in running for the Governor of New York. Hamilton had made callous remarks regarding Burr and under an ancient code, believing his honor had been offended, Burr had challenged Hamilton to a duel. (BTW, Hamilton had been Jefferson's primary political enemy for fourteen years.)

    Enjoy the 4th!

    1813 days ago
    You are so sensible. I'm not sure what to have. I'm sick of everything right now. LOL.
    1813 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Love this! You are so right about the fact that we have the right to eat what we want and most of us want to eat healthy (or we wouldn't be here would we?). We have the responsibility as well as the right to make the best choices for us, on holidays as well as normal days.

    Thanks for the blog.
    1814 days ago
    Hm, great idea - food from 1776. Corn! I'm sure they had tomatoes then too.
    I've been eschewing potatoes of late and plan to stick to that resolution on the Fourth. Have a great holiday!
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    (and why not a hula dancer, there were Indians, who says they didn't do the hula?)
    1814 days ago
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