Watch this excellent documentary from the History Channel to appreciate the courage and determination of the ragtag army that defeated the greatest military force in the world at the time. I am forever grateful and proud to be an American, where we still have the right to dream, work, and create the life of our choosing. It’s the reason why Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays.
The American Revolution is the ultimate example of what men and women can accomplish with belief, faith, desire, bravery, persistence and the knowledge that “all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights, chief among these life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
“Your rights come, not from the King, not from the government, but from God.”
Our Founders and those who fought to gain our independence, along with everyone who has served in uniform since, are an inspiration and a reason to give thanks every day. God bless America.
A Christian holiday and popular cultural phenomenon, Mardi Gras dates back thousands of years to pagan spring and fertility rites. Also known as Carnival, it is celebrated in many countries around the world–mainly those with large Roman Catholic populations–on the day before the religious season of Lent begins. Brazil, Venice and New Orleans play host to some of the holiday’s most famous public festivities, drawing thousands of tourists and revelers every year.
MARDI GRAS IN THE UNITED STATES
Many historians believe that the first American Mardi Gras took place on March 3, 1699, when the French explorers Iberville and Bienville landed in what is now Louisiana, just south of the holiday’s future epicenter: New Orleans. They held a small celebration and dubbed the spot Point du Mardi Gras. In the decades that followed, New Orleans and other French settlements began marking the holiday with street parties, masked balls and lavish dinners. When the Spanish took control of New Orleans, however, they abolished these rowdy rituals, and the bans remained in force until Louisiana became a U.S. state in 1812.
On Mardi Gras in 1827, a group of students donned colorful costumes and danced through the streets of New Orleans, emulating the revelry they’d observed while visiting Paris. Ten years later, the first recorded New Orleans Mardi Gras parade took place, a tradition that continues to this day. In 1857, a secret society of New Orleans businessmen called the Mistick Krewe of Comus organized a torch-lit Mardi Gras procession with marching bands and rolling floats, setting the tone for future public celebrations in the city. Since then, krewes have remained a fixture of the Carnival scene throughout Louisiana. Other lasting customs include throwing beads and other trinkets, wearing masks, decorating floats and eating King Cake.
Louisiana is the only state in which Mardi Gras is a legal holiday. However, elaborate carnival festivities draw crowds in other parts of the United States during the Mardi Gras season as well, including Alabama and Mississippi. Each region has its own events and traditions.
Visit History.com to learn more. How are you celebrating?
It’s not a secret I wasn’t a “yuge” fan of Donald Trump during the primaries. As a staunch constitutional conservative, I supported Ted Cruz, the most principled candidate among all of the contenders. I despised Trump’s disgusting, juvenile smears on Cruz and his family, including the ludicrous claim that Rafael Cruz somehow played a role in JFK’s assassination.
However, taking a cue from Cruz (who put personal animosity aside for the greater cause), once Donald become the nominee, I planned to vote for him, if only to save the country from leftist criminal Hillary Clinton — a presidency from which we never would have recovered. If you think that’s an exaggeration, I recommend watching Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democrat Party.
By the time Election Day rolled around, I cast my vote with enthusiasm and prayed that enough Americans would do the same. Thank God, together we averted disaster.
Surprisingly, most of Trump’s cabinet choices have been solid. And while I cannot admit to liking the guy, he appears to genuinely love his country and desire to make it great again — unlike the spiteful community organizer who spent the last eight years presiding over a “fundamental transformation” of a United States of America his privileged wife had never been proud of until he’d been elected.
Most admirably, Trump refuses to play nice with our corrupt, biased media, which has largely been an appendage of the DNC, rather than an objective source of news and information, for decades.
Finally, a Republican President who calls them out instead of cowering!
As for the lame duck, click here for Ben Shapiro’s take on Obama’s legacy. If racial division, cop killing, increased Islamic terror attacks at home and abroad; targeting of Tea Party groups by the IRS; Big Government bullying of private businesses; destruction of our healthcare system; weakening of our military and national security; alienation of Israel and other important allies; and ruination of our economy were his goals, then yes, his administration was a rousing success.