Teacher: July 4th fireworks equal ‘pretend war’

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PORTLAND, Ore. – To some people, nothing is sacred. Not even Fourth of July fireworks.

Progressive-july-cutFireworks have been a staple of Independence Day celebrations since the earliest years of the republic. The tradition dates back to July 3, 1776, when John Adams wrote a letter to his wife, suggesting that that America’s birthday “ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

But now the progressives are trying to revise that history, too.

Bill Bigelow of the radical teacher organization Rethinking Schools, wrote that we need to “rethink” the 4th of July. This “progressive” teacher has declared war on fireworks.

The Fourth of July “…provides cover for people to blow off fireworks that terrify young children and animals, and that turn the air thick with smoke and errant projectiles. Last year, the fire department here [Portland, OR] reported 172 fires sparked by toy missiles, defective firecrackers, and other items of explosive revelry.”

So Bigelow is concerned about public safety. Fair enough. But there’s more:

“Apart from the noise pollution, air pollution, and flying debris pollution, there is something profoundly inappropriate about blowing off fireworks at a time when the United States is waging war with real fireworks around the world. To cite just one example, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London found recently that U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan alone have killed more than 200 people, including at least 60 children. And, of course, the U.S. war in Afghanistan drags on and on. The pretend war of celebratory fireworks thus becomes part of a propaganda campaign that inures us—especially the children among us—to the real wars half a world away.”

Yes, to this ingenious teacher, fireworks promote war. In fact, he says fireworks are “pretend war!”

Is there any vestige of original Americana that Marxist educators won’t seek to erase from our culture?

The real problem is that too many Americans, particularly youngsters, have little idea what the Fourth of July commemorates. They light off fireworks because they think it’s fun, not because they have the first clue that they’re celebrating their nation’s independence.

That’s due to the influence of teachers like Bigelow. They would rather make students feel guilty about being Americans than encourage them to appreciate the great things about their nation.

If they manage to win their internal war on America by brainwashing too many young minds, we will all be sorry in the very near future.

By Kyle Olson at EAGnews.org

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20 Comments
  1. Bad Penguin says

    Hey what do you expect from a pretend teacher. He’s a prime candidate for his local SPCA free Sapy and Beuter program. Stupid Can be fixed.

  2. James Maxwell says

    Surprise the numnut has it partially right, fireworks are the sound of war along with the smell. But
    that is where he his head up in his anal nether regions. It is the sound of Freedom and a reminder
    of the price our forefathers paid for that freedom. We have Men and Women today that have
    recently returned from battles on foreign lands, some appear physically ok but they carry scars that
    the majority of Americans will never know or feel. We all have someone we know who has been
    there, done that and some who have paid the ultimate price. We can not let the enemy take that
    away from us or our children, grandchildren or great grandchildren. We must fight to preserve
    it for our prosperity.

  3. Joe319 says

    If we just fire them off for fun instead of celebrating our nations independence, why don’t we do that every night? Sounds to me like loudmouth liberal teachers spout off such ridiculous nonsense to compensate for deficiencies in other area’s.

  4. bahndon says

    A progressive product of our progressive/liberal colleges. all run by foreigners who want america to be just as ho-hum as the other communist / socialist countries. What they do not understand is the quality of all products produced in communist countries are sub par, the standards that we, in the USA, are used to will become a page in history, should the progressives succede in re-distributing the wealth as they want to. Remember the USSR’s Ugo?

  5. mperkins2 says

    All of these infantile thinking “professors” should be horse whipped and put in prison for their obvious anti-American comments. They should not even be allow anywhere near our children. It’s people like this, that is the reason our country is on a down hill slide. Long live America and our Constitution.

  6. Guest says

    To this misguided teacher:
    its the other way around… wars we have fought in to protect freedom.. they promote the CONCEPT of lighting fireworks to REMIND US of all of our past bloodshed experienced during wars to protect our freedoms. This inept teacher should have enough analytical thinking skills to see this connection and to be able to teach concepts of any kind to any one.. kid or adult. If he misinterprets everything else he is supposed to be teaching about .. imagine how many brainwashed victims of his backwards reasoning are coming out of his classrooms. He could be teaching in Japanese or German were it not for the “fireworks in wars of past” and may be in Chinese or Russian or some islamic language in the future if he keeps on the path he is on INDOCTRINATING our children with this ideology.. making sure the future kids will just sit and watch as freedoms are taken away instead of going to war to protect their freedom in the future. But this kind of thinking is what OBUMMER WANTS in the core curriculum to make it easier for him to get on with his agenda of destroying our country.

  7. rivahmitch says

    Obviously, this so-called “teacher” has never seen war “up close an personal”. This ‘Nam vet wishes for it the opportunity;-) Semper Fi!

  8. Frank Church says

    What a IDIOT, The 4th is our independence day. And it is to celebrated to the MAX. By the wars we have won and the ones were in now give us the right to have thanks for the freedom of our independence from other countries. We fought for it. and we need to do whatever it is to keep the tradition of Thanks and FIREWORKS, BBQ’s and what ever we think is a way to celibrate.

  9. retired vet says

    By celebrating the 4th of July, we are also celebrating the Star Spangled Banner, which in part, goes

    “And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
    Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
    O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

  10. Joseph111 says

    …and as a ‘PRETEND TEACHER’ he is certainly an authority on ‘PRETEND WARS’…
    *
    those who can, do – those who can’t, well, you know …

  11. Graywolf12 says

    He pretends to be an American, so why can”t we do pretend war? Is it pretend war that the Egyptian people have been celebrating with fireworks for days or weeks? He is welcom to leave on the next flight out of this war mongering country. I’ll even kick in a few $ to help him leave if he will sign a statement that he will give up his ctizenship, and never return.

  12. Timur says

    Just yesterday I came across Liberty’s Kids videos on America’s history. I watched the first one with them, it was pretty good, other than Dan Rather being the voice of Ben Franklin. My children had lost of questions about how something like America could have started. I’m looking forward to watching more of these with them, and hope that they give a true and good history.

  13. HarryTheCat says

    That’s OK, Bill. I understand your heartbreaking condition, being born without testicles and all. Lots of people who actually had a pair fought and died for your right to spew whatever idiotic bile you choose to eject from your pie hole in your desperate plea for attention, and to live whatever kind of pathetic little life you desire. I’m so happy that my kids never had to suffer though your miserable little class. Oh, and by the way….public schools are just a “pretend education”.

  14. $14832922 says

    ” Yes, to this ingenious teacher, fireworks promote war. In fact, he says fireworks are “pretend war!” ”

    Yes!
    Fireworks ARE “pretend war” … as well they should be.
    Fireworks are to remind us that our nation was not founded by a bunch of tight-pantie, whinie, little “girlie-men”, but by the most dedicated 3% of the American population. This nation was founded by men who put everything on the line for the idea of freedom and liberty. The phrase, “life, fortune, and sacred honor”, was not just some ‘catch-phrase’ or ‘buzz-word’ … that is what these men pledged and many forfeited for the founding of this nation.
    Yes, fireworks are fun …. but, we must never forget the war fought, the blood spilled, and the lives given, freely, so that this CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC could be born. This nation, and our Constitution was forged of blood and fire – seems in the rush to “progessiveness” we’ve forgotten that simple fact.
    So, Mr. Bigelow, and his ‘rethinking schools’, be damned to the dustbin of history.
    Our nation, and it’s birth, should be reborn in fire every year to remind us of how we are here – teach your children the TRUTH, or Bigelow, and his ilk, will teach them for you.

    1. $4119491 says

      I would like to say there’s a MAJOR difference between our “fireworks” in war and those the folks at home enjoy and celebrate with. The FIRST major difference is that the ones at home are PRETTY and intended to be so. The ones where we fight are NOT. Typically, there are only white trails or red trails behind the rockets and the explosion is typically a form of yellow. When you see the ones at home they’re red, white, blue, purple, green, magenta and usually multi-colored. Second, there’s NO FEAR associated with fireworks at home. When the rockets come into your compound, there is often fear associated with that as they will INTENTIONALLY KILL YOU. The ones at home MAY harm or kill you but, NOT INTENTIONALLY. They are BEAUTIFUL just like America is beautiful. I LIKE BOTH but, I’m a sick puppy.

      1. $14832922 says

        Firstly – I think many, if not most, of the people reading my comment will understand the difference, and will understand that the “fireworks” are simply a “representation” of the blood and fire that forged our nation.
        Secondly, yes, they are beautiful, both, in their own way and to their own purpose.

  15. Jim says

    Bill Bigelow sounds like Deuce Bigelow. Y’know, the male prostitute comedy movies? He is as stupid as the character.
    JULY 4th is what gave this moron the ability to live in a free country. I’d wager a million dollars that this idiot never served in the military. Also that he was probably the leader of his: college democrat club, activist peace club, environmental club, etc

  16. Mister007 says

    Bill Bigelow just wants his 15 minutes of so called fame. If only he knew just how stupid he sounds he would dig a hole and fall in..Now we will see just how many other fools follow suit and copy this fool…..

  17. nancyj1922 says

    What an idiot. Terrifies children….have you ever seen a kids face on the 4th of July or if you hand them a sparkler? That look would be total happiness. This is a person that seriously needs to be mailed to the leftest land of Kumbaya where everyone is happy all the time and nothing disturbs anyone. I am sure if you put all the nuts in one spot, they would still find something to whine about.

    1. Clint says

      You can bet Buggar-loo (intentional) is from the left coast. That’s about all the schools produce on the left coast.

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