As millions of Americans celebrated the nation’s 246th birthday on Monday, major media outlets and prominent liberals took advantage of the holiday to denigrate the United States.
While contradictory belittling of the land of the free has become second nature to the malcontents on social media, even NPR and ESPN have gotten to work this year – with the nation’s publicly funded broadcaster hosting a reading of the Declaration of Independence and the self-proclaimed ‘Worldwide Leader in Sports” dedicates prominent space on his website to a column in which he bemoans how America is “tearing itself apart”.
For 33 straight years, Steve Inskeep, NPR’s longtime “Morning Edition” host, celebrated the Fourth of July by reading America’s charter. This ritual came to an unceremonial end this year.
“This July 4th we’re breaking with tradition,” announced the co-host of the Morning Edition Leila Fadel Monday on Twitter. “Instead of reading the Declaration of Independence, @NPRinskeep examines what equality means and has meant in this document. Important segment about our past and future.”
“A lot of our debates this July 4th are about what equality means. What voting rules really give equal access to choice? Do abortion laws give a woman equal control over her body? When is a fetus equal?” Inskeep asked during the 11-minute segment.
Supreme Court decision of June 24 is overturned Roe v. calfthe 1973 ruling granting abortion rights to women nationwide prompted many anti-American statements and gestures — like the double birds flown by Oscar-winner Jessica Chastain.
“Happy ‘Independence Day’ from Me and My Reproductive Rights,” Chastain wrote on Twitter, Add a photo of her to the camera showing both middle fingers.
Miscellaneous A Lister expressed similar sentiments about honoring the holiday in the wake of Roe v. Calf. Both Kim Kardashian and mom Kris Jenner shared a post on their two Instagram Stories that read, “The 4th of July has been canceled due to a lack of independence. Sincerely, women.”
Rep. Anna Eshu (D-Calif.) claimed on Twitter that this July 4th “is being overshadowed by the dark reality of the Supreme Court decision that is making half America less equal.”
“Instead of parties and barbecues, many are choosing to do the most American thing they can do today: protest peacefully,” she added.
In that senseClaudia Conway, the daughter of former Trump administration staffer Kellyanne Conway and political pundit George Conway, marched in New Jersey in an anti-abortion protest, questioning why Americans believe “July 4th propaganda.” should.
“We are not free. Why should we celebrate independence if not all of us are independent? And that’s why we’re out here fighting for our reproductive rights and demanding the overthrow of Roe v. Wade out through the Supreme Court,” she said.
ESPN Author Howard Bryant wrote his thoughts on the holiday in a column headlined “Baseball, Barbecue, and the Loss of Freedom This July 4th.”
“It’s Independence Day in America, independence is under constant and unrelenting attack,” Bryant wrote. “From the Miranda rights, to the environment, to separation of church and state, to guns — so many guns — people are reeling. The US Supreme Court has run a chainsaw through what two generations of Americans have known as the legal foundations of their lives.”
“Dozens of millions of women today do not feel free, let alone celebrate their independence. The people who can conceive and rejoice before the court can do so because of the victory of their position, but it still remains true that the power of choice – and the right to privacy – has all been taken away from them,” he said.
That City of Orlando spent the bank holiday weekend cleaning up its own mess after issuing a newsletter on Friday about its planned Fourth of July celebrations, which set off a different kind of fireworks display.
“A lot of people probably don’t want to celebrate our nation right now, and we can’t blame them. If there is so much division, hate and unrest, why on earth would you want to throw a party to celebrate it?” it read
The city continued: “But seriously, you know in your heart that fireworks on the Fourth of July are amazing, especially when you’re standing next to 100,000 of your closest friends in the 90° heat and 100% humidity. At that moment, something takes over and we are all united in an inexplicable bond. Yes, America is in a fight right now, but you know what… we already bought the fireworks.”
Orlando Officials backed down Sunday after a spate of criticism, including from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“We understand that these words offended some of our residents, which was not our intention,” the city said.
“We value the freedoms we have in this country and are grateful to the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for it,” the statement said. “We are proud to celebrate the Fourth of July to express our gratitude to these men and women and to honor the country in which we live.”