Fourth of July Special

As I sit here in a certain unnamed city in Colorado, I hear the occasional pop or boom of fireworks. Fireworks almost certainly illegal in this municipality, which has so graciously permitted SOME legal fireworks (if you can call them that) for its inmates – excuse me, residents.

Of course, there are other nearby cities and towns who have publicly stated that ALL fireworks “should be left to the professionals.” Just like liberty and justice, peace and prosperity, defense, and more. Ordinary (mundane) citizens cannot be trusted with ANY of these things, and what a perfect day to remind them of this!

This evening, as the sun sets over the mountains about nine-thirty or so, I am sure that I will see numerous fireworks rising high into the sky and bursting in glorious colors with loud, resounding bangs. Even though I am on the other side of the urban area from the one LEGAL fireworks display, in a local government-run, tax-funded, government-owned park and grandstand.

What I will be seeing from the house I’m watching is, of course, ALL illegal. NOT professional fireworks firers or launchers or shooters – whatever they are called.

And GOOD FOR THEM! The people that are launching the fireworks, I mean – not the professionals, but ordinary everyday people. They are all breaking numerous laws. Numerous STUPID laws that prevent nothing, save no one, and do nothing to reduce the danger of fires. Not really, since so many people ignore those laws. Just like criminals also ignore gun laws, and all the laws against theft, false advertising, etc. Except that once again, the fireworks laws are supposed to prevent SELF harm, just like laws against suicide. Smoking, drugs, and other “bad” things.

Even though those fireworks are LEGAL in Wyoming (and South Dakota, and elsewhere), it is ILLEGAL to even have those things in your possession in Colorado. Sometimes punished by fines in the thousands of dollars. The city I am in right now has a fine of more than 2500 dollars. At $15/hour, that is 125 HOURS of slavery to punish you for having fireworks that are legal less than a hundred miles away. (Actually more, when you figure in the taxes stolen from that $15/hour.)

You see, in Colorado, despite Constitutional provisions allowing free trade (commerce) between states, IT IS ILLEGAL to IMPORT fireworks from other states that are made illegal by the wisdom of the General Assembly. Which is, of course, why Wyoming businesses (and government which collects sales tax from those businesses) make an absolute fortune each June and July selling fireworks to people from Colorado.

Because, of course, the best way to celebrate our independence, our freedom and our liberty from tyrannical government is to bow down and touch our foreheads on the boot tips of government tyrants: local, state, and federal. According to those tyrants, nannies, and other enemies of liberty.

Who are, of course, wrong. Americans should know better – even the Americans who have sold out their birthright of liberty for a mess of (liberal and/or conservative) security porridge. They should know, but too many do NOT – we have to educate them.

And get them to do SOMETHING. Even if it is like the Jews who for centuries prayed “next year in Jerusalem.” Perhaps more and more Americans will start praying “next year with MORE liberty” or (in too many places) “next year with SOME liberty.”

But only if we teach them.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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3 Responses to Fourth of July Special

  1. Tim McCann says:

    No fireworks on Juneteenth , Plenty of them last night to celebrate Independence Day!
    I’m good with that.

    And the rocket’s 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?

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  2. mikejavick says:

    The f***ing idiots here RIGHT NOW ARE SHOOTING THE F***ING THINGS RIGHT OVER MY HOME IN A CLOSED RESIDENTIAL AREA–AND THE F***ING COPS DO NOT A FUCKING THING ABOUT IT–THEY HAD BETTER ENJOY IT–THIS IS THE LAST FREE 4TH OF JULY–MARK IT ! MICHAEL IN f***ing Communist Pennsylvania..

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    • TPOL Nathan says:

      If someone is launching fireworks on or into your own property (either private or as an incorporated/cooperative company shared-ownership), they are definitely trespassing. If the nature of their trespass threatened you or your property with injury or damage, it is aggravated. But of course the cops won’t do anything right now – they are not required to, and they will usually only respond AFTER someone has been injured or property severely damaged. Unless, of course, the powers-that-be have told them to go after someone specifically for the violation – or something else to overcome their (natural) fear of getting attacked and triggering riots.

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