July 4 Morning Edition

— Peace Parade Aims to Combat Uptick in Chicago Violence

— Man Outraged Over $100 Minimum At River North Restaurant, But Many Restaurants Are Holding Onto Such Rules – Steven Graves
(DIERSEN: Since at least 2015, when I started putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters together and sending them out each and every evening in addition to each and every morning, 99+% on all the food that I have eaten has been in front of my desktop computer screen and above my keyboard. My most common lunch has been a $3.70 beef sandwich.)

— Crowds flock to lakefront as Independence Day fireworks return to Chicago – Brónagh Tumulty

— Thousands line streets of Oak Lawn for Independence Day Parade – Nate Rodgers

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats do not want anyone to be patriotic, but they especially do not want members of the following groups to be patriotic: minorities, females, younger people, LGBTQers, CRTers, 1619ers, BLMers, people who have financial, health, and/or other problems, moderates, liberals, non-married people, non-Christians, non-Protestants, non-Italian Americans, non-German Americans, and/or those whose ancestors have not been in America for a long time.

— Naperville Salute’s hometown feel, patriotic theme win fans among those attending opening night – DIANE MOCA

— President Biden travels to Crystal Lake on Wednesday in first Illinois presidential visit. Sources told the Chicago Sun-Times that Biden will appear at a community college in Crystal Lake. – Lynn Sweet

— An Independence Day editorial: Embrace our liberty, reject our politics of grievance – Editorial
(DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote the grievances that minorities, females, younger people, LGBTQers, those who have less money than others, moderates, liberals, Trump-haters, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, RINOs, veterans, criminals, drinkers, gamblers, stoners, non-patriotic people, non-married people, non-gun owners, illegal aliens, non-Christians, non-Protestants, non-Italian Americans, non-German Americans, and/or those whose ancestors have not been in America for a long time, etc. HAVE AGAINST THOSE WHO ARE White, male, older, heterosexual, those who have more money than others, conservative, Trump-supporters, Republican, non-veteran, law-abiding people, non-drinkers, non-gamblers, patriotic people, married people, gun owners, citizens of America, Christian, Protestant, Italian American, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time, etc.)
— Bartlett celebrates Independence Day with patriotic parade

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs want political donations to go only to hate-filled Republican-hating Democrats who promote hatred against Republicans.

— Marchers call for reparations for the 1917 massacre of Black people in East St. Louis – MEGAN VALLEY

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats encourage children to be LGBTQers.

— And then there were none

— America’s left skews Fourth of July to sow seeds of hate – Cheryl K. Chumley
(DIERSEN: How successful has the left been in damaging your Independence Day? In Wheaton, the left succeeded in stopping Republicans from helping sponsor Wheaton’s Independence Day Parade and Fireworks. Of course, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs have no problem with that.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: An essay from the Black Agenda Report posted just this week is entitled, “Freedom Rider: The Terrible Origins of July 4th.” And in it, the writer, Margaret Kimberley, speaks of how American exceptionalism was actually born of a white settler determination to seize native lands and expand slavery — which means, of course, that the whole concept of American exceptionalism is therefore, in this writer’s eyes, a dud. That tells you all you need to know about the divide in this country right now. On one side are those who know America as a spirit of freedom, as a gold standard of individualism and entrepreneurism, as a promise of opportunity, as a clarion call for liberty-lovers everywhere to join forces to advance the best of what humanity has to offer. Skin color be danged. Financial circumstances be danged. Familial ties be danged. On the other? On the other — this: “The July 4 holiday in the United States commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Anyone educated in this country has been propagandized with lies about patriotic colonists seeking freedom from a tyrannical British monarch. Our minds were filled with tales of Paul Revere and Betsy Ross which erase the role that indigenous and Black people played as they attempted to end true tyranny over their lives. … The men who every school child is taught to think of as ‘patriots’ had two concerns which pushed them to declare independence,” as Kimberley wrote. What were they? The quest for land and slaves, she wrote. “The crown and the colonists were both determined to seize lands from native peoples and to continue enslavement,” Kimberley went on. “But their interests were also hostile to one another and war was the inevitable result. White settlers wanted full independence for themselves and no control over their actions at all.” Thus, the Declaration of Independence was born. Thus, White colonists warred against the king of England. Thus, America’s roots are steeped, soaked and saturated in hate for Blacks, in racism against non-Whites. Seriously? Seriously, Kimberley argued. But like most things coming from the lips of leftists, such rhetoric skews wildly to show truths as desired or as politically expedient, rather than as truthful. To believe colonists and founders wanted to break from the crown simply to grow slave and land holdings dismisses the pursuit of religious liberty that served as the key foundation of America’s beginnings. It dismisses the historical recordings of founders who fought against slavery, who wanted to abolish slavery — including Thomas Jefferson the, yes, slaveowner who nonetheless argued to ban slavery in the Northwest Territories. It dismisses the very uncomfortable fact of slavery knowing no skin color, knowing no race — meaning, even blacks enslave blacks. Both then and now. The Bible’s filled with stories of slaveowners and the enslaved, don’t you know? But most of all, it denies the unity that should be the natural outcome of a “melting pot” nation such as ours, and instead, demands a divide and conquer mentality among the citizenry. Either you’re with us, or you’re racist! — is the prevailing attitude of these critical race theory types. It’s angering. It’s also sad. Those who see the world through the lens of race, those who see America as a place of systemic racism, deserve to be pitied because they’re actually giving up their chance for a life of blessed, God-given opportunity to instead sow seeds of hate, discord and division. They’re missing out; they’re squandering their lives. But they deserve to be silenced, as well, because they’re not just sacrificing their own opportunities to achieve and their own chances to succeed. They’re coming after the children, the corporations, the country’s political leaders and demanding all sacrifice similarly. And that’s just evil. America is exceptional because America has a spirit of liberty that cannot be constrained or contained. It’s unfortunate some want to split that spirit by color, by creed, by race. For those with eyes to see and ears to hear, the Fourth of July reminds us: Freedom is not free — freedom may never be free. But it sure is sweet and worth every bit of fight. God bless America; God bless Americans. God save America from the wickedness of historical revisionists.)

— Biden protocols put migrant children at risk of traffickers, top Republican warns – Anna Giaritelli
— Trump at Independence Day celebration: ‘Biden is perhaps the most unpatriotic president in American history’ – AP

— How the Declaration of Independence Birthed Our Greatest Civil Rights Movements. This July 4, let us remember the great civil rights movements that the Declaration of Independence inspired. – Jane Hampton Cook

— Lawsuit: Illinois School District Forced Students On ‘Privilege Walks,’ Compared ‘Whiteness’ To The Devil. – Tim Pearce

— The United States Cannot Afford To Politicize Patriotism. A nation that hates itself cannot survive as a governable nation, and when that hatred is polarized, it will only feed on itself as polarization grows. – Tristan Justice

— Trump: July 4 ‘Will Not Be Canceled,’ Nor ‘Purged From History’ or ‘Our Hearts’ – Eric Mack

— The 1776 Project: The Ongoing Battle over Tyranny – Robert Orlando
— Donald Trump Holds Rally in Florida As Second Stop of ‘Save America’ Tour – Rebecca Downs
— The 1776 Project: The Ongoing Battle over Tyranny – Robert Orlando
— Happy July 4th Is Wrong. It Is, and Always Will Be, Happy Independence Day! – Chris Talgo

— Americans Must Rekindle the Sacred Fire of Liberty This July 4 – JONATHAN W. EMORD

— GOP visits Texas: ‘No operational control’ of border- Michael F. Haverluck

— NEA adopts motion to promote critical race theory in America’s schools. The largest teachers union in the country adopted several actions in favor of critical race theory indoctrination in American schools during their Annual Meeting this weekend. – Libby Emmons
— Trump speaks to massive crowd in Florida, slams media, witch hunts, critical race theory. At the Save America rally in Sarasota, Florida, on Saturday, former President Donald Trump slammed the mainstream media’s disinformation campaign and the left-wing establishment’s witch hunts against the Trump name. – Mia Cathell

— Virginia Education Dept. Tells Schools to ‘Eliminate Gender-Based Practices’ Under New Transgender Rules. “Starting this school year, all public schools in Virginia must take new steps to prevent discrimination based on gender identity.” – Mike LaChance

— Reclaiming the Spirit of Independence Day – Newt Gingrich and Callista L. Gingrich
— Biden Administration Announces Campaign to Make it Easier for Millions of Immigrants to Become Citizens – MASOOMA HAQ

— America’s Birthday Party Parade In St. Louis

— FRONT PAGE WITH COLOR PICTURE: A Fourth of July Symbol of Unity That May No Longer Unite. In a Long Island town, neighbors now make assumptions, true and sometimes false, about people who conspicuously display American flags. – Sarah Maslin Nir
(DIERSEN: I have flown an American flag at my home each and every day since September 11, 2001 and I am displaying an 18′ by 12′ American flag in my Iron Gate Motor Condo in Naperville.)
— Knowing What Your Co-Worker Makes Doesn’t Close the Pay Gap. Salary transparency is intended to help address inequities. But making the number public doesn’t seem to move the needle. – Emma Goldberg
(DIERSEN: If I had not been denied my 7th Amendment rights in Diersen v. GAO, I would have presented a jury with many examples in which my Democrat GAO superiors promoted over me their Democrat employees who were female, minority, and/or younger and who had less job-related work experience, less education, and/or fewer professional certifications and licenses than I had. If I had been a Democrat, minority, and/or female with the work experience, education, professional certifications, and professional license that I had, the federal government would have promoted me into its Senior Executive Service long before I was 40 years old.)

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats use CRT to promote hatred against Republicans.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: I should write a book about those who blame conservative Republican Precinct Committeemen like me for the problems that the Illinois Republican Party (IRP), DuPage County Republican Central Committee (DCRCC), and Milton Township Republican Organization (MTRO) have had and have. I would stress the many adverse actions that past and present IRP, DCRCC, and MTRO RINO leaders have taken since 2000 and are taking against conservative Republican Precinct Committeemen like me. Everyone sees that IRP, DCRCC, and MTRO RINO leaders did nothing to stop Wheaton from stopping Republicans from helping sponsor Wheaton’s Independence Day Parade and Fireworks.

— If you keep putting work before health and happiness, you may be suffering from internalized capitalism – Alia E. Dastagir
(DIERSEN: What are you putting before your health and happiness? Since 1999, I have served as a Republican Precinct Committeeman, since 2000, I have served as the GOPUSA Illinois Editor, 2005-2012 I served as the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois chairman, 2003-2011 I served as a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member, 2008-2010 and 2000-2004 I served as the Milton Township Republican Organization (MTRO) webmaster, 2003-2007 I served as an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member, and 2001-2004 I served as an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member. I should write a book about the aforesaid. Everyone in Illinois sees how I treat the aforesaid people with my GOPUSA ILLINOIS newsletters. I would focus on those who have worked the hardest against me. I would focus on those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in Illinois, DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton. I would focus on those who focus on destroying those like me they cannot manipulate/dominate, who refuse to glorify and praise them, who refuse to pander to them, who refuse to serve as one of their operatives or dupes, who refuse to cover-up their wrong doing, and/or who refuse to give them money. I would focus on unsuccessful Republican candidates on ballots in my precinct, their major donors, their political consultants, their fundraisers, their campaign managers, their campaign staff members, and their campaign volunteers. I would focus on past and present leaders of the Illinois Republican Party, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, MTRO, Illinois, DuPage County, Milton Township, Wheaton, religious organizations, and conservative organizations. I would focus on those who reject the traditional marriage/family, right to life, immigration, Second Amendment, and/or equal opportunity (no race or gender based preference giving) planks in the Republican Party platform. I would focus on those who promote dependency on government, dependency on charity, LGBTQ, CRT, 1619, BLM, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, and age discrimination. I would focus on those who I have sued.)

— After a COVID-19 cancellation, Livingston’s Independence Day parade delivers – Liz Weber
(DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs demonize, denigrate, and condemn patriotism. The aforesaid Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs are overjoyed with their success in stopping Republicans from helping sponsor Wheaton’s 2021 Independence Day Parade and Fireworks.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The Independence Day parade was back with a bang for its 95th year here after a cancellation last year due to the pandemic. The Friday afternoon parade boasted the essentials that have marked the Livingston parade for almost a century now, including horses, cowboys, bagpipers, floats galore and thousands of people lining almost 10 city blocks. By the morning of the parade, more than 70 organizations had signed up for a spot in the procession, including a COVID-19 themed float from Livingston Health Care, a group of Rodeo queens riding their trusty steeds and a giant blue eagle wearing a MAGA hat. Gov. Greg Gianforte and Sen. Steve Daines were spotted waving and smiling their way down the parade route. “It’s about rodeos, it’s about family and it’s about coming together,” said Leslie Feigel, CEO of the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the parade.)

— Nation’s Capital, symbol of democracy, off-limits on Independence Day – AP

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs promote hatred a) against Trump and b) against those like me who do not hate Trump.

— Rain does little to dampen spirits of July Fourth parade revelers
(DIERSEN: What dampens your Independence Day spirits? The success that Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs had in stopping Republicans from helping sponsor Wheaton’s 2021 Independence Day Parade and Fireworks dampens my Independence Day spirits. Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs a) are overjoyed that no Milton Township Republican Organization (MTRO), DuPage County Republican Central Committee, or Illinois Republican Party leader joined me asking Wheaton to direct the Wheaton Park District (WPD) to allow DuPage Republicans to help sponsor Wheaton’s 2021 Independence Day Parade and Fireworks and b) that an MTRO leader glorified and praised the WPD, the organization that stopped Republicans from helping sponsor Wheaton’s 2021 Independence Day Parade and Fireworks.)

— Can You Have a Career After Majoring in Wokeness?

— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs demonize, denigrate, and condemn patriotism. The aforesaid Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, and RINOs are overjoyed with their success in stopping Republicans from helping sponsor Wheaton’s 2021 Independence Day Parade and Fireworks.

Author: David Diersen

The opinions that I express in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are based on experience that I have gained doing many things since 1948. I base my opinions on what I learned a) working for the federal government for almost 30 years -- Post Office 1966-1969, IRS 1971-1980, and GAO 1980-1997, serving on the Executive Committee of the Association of Government Accountants Chicago Chapter 1983-1996, and being a union member while I worked for the Post Office and IRS; b) earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976, a masters degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and a masters degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997; c) passing the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 and passing the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981; c) serving as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999, the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000, the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois Chairman 2005-2012, a member of the 2008 Illinois Republican Party (IRP) Platform and Resolutions Committee, a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011, the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004, an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007, and an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member 2001-2004; d) attending the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 IRP State Conventions as a delegate; e) being the subject of a nasty 4-page article in the February 1978 issue of Money Magazine; f) pursing litigation including Diersen v. GAO and Diersen v. Chicago Car Exchange; g) being married since 1978; h) living in Crete 1948-1972, in University Park 1972-1976, in Chicago 1976-1978, and in DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton since 1978; and i) being baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran.