Celebrating Independence

Independence_12x8_150resOn this Independence Day weekend, I will pass along a passage from Stephen Ambrose’s book, “Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West”(As I did a few years back…)

In this excellent telling of the exploration by Lewis and Clark, Ambrose gives the following description of July 4, 1804:

On July 4, the men ushered in the day with a firing of the cannon.

At noon, the party pulled ashore at the mouth of a creek of some fifteen yards wide, “coming out of an extensive Prarie” on the left (west) side. As they ate, the captains questioned the voyagers. No, they knew no name for the creek.

The captains thereupon named it, their second experience in bestowing a name. They called it Independence Creek.

The expedition pulled over for the night at the site of an old Kansas Indian town. “We Camped in the plain,” Clark wrote, “one of the most butifull Plains I ever Saw, open & butifully diversified with hills & wallies all presenting themselves to the river covered with grass and a few scattering trees, a handsom Creek meandering thro.”

The captains ordered an extra gill distributed.

As they sipped their portions, they took in their surroundings and were quite overwhelmed. The country was covered with a sweet and nourishing grass, interspersed with copses of trees “Spreding ther lofty branchs over Pools Springs or Brooks of fine water. Groops of Shrubs covered with the most delicious froot is to be seen in every direction, and nature appears to have exerted herself to butify the Senery by the variety of flours Delicately and highly flavered raised above the Grass, which Strikes and profumes the Sensation, and amuses the mind.”

At sunset, the men again fired the cannon.

It was the first-ever Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi River.

As you fire up the grill, watch the parades go by and kick back with your favorite beverage while watching the rockets’ red glare, remember Lewis and Clark and their crew.

Out on the midwest plains they too fired their cannons, had an extra gill of whiskey, and admired the beauty of the land.

Perfect way to celebrate America.


  1. Lil Mac says:

    A brief respite of patriotism during a difficult trip into the unknown. That too is our journey today.

    Lewis and Clark conducted perhaps the best planned and executed expedition in human history. They didn’t walk into the wilds stupid.

    Similarly, an electorate cannot walk stupidly into polling booths and hope to survive. If we want something to celebrate in July, we need to vote wisely in November.

    God Bless America.

  2. KHDS says:

    Independence? As in freedom from a king?

    Go tell that to King Kennedy and his four cronies.

    We voted in NE against SSM and he imposed it on us.

    Civil and fundamental right to gay marriage? Every state at the time the Constitution was ratified and when the 14th Amendment was approved were against gay marriage.
    The Left is all about them imposing their views on you and punishing you if you disagree.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Yup, KHDS. Now we know know how Native Americans felt when we stole their land fair ‘n square. You can’t trust Illegals. Give ’em an inch and they’ll take a whole hemisphere as if it was their God-given right to run the goddamn planet.

  4. KHDS says:


    Yes, the Indians have proven themselves quite adept in lining themselves up with the Mob to run their casinos and at the same time hustle for race set asides. See, Lance Morgan in Macy.

    But if they were running the country it would be no worse off than under King Barack. At least the Indians wouldn’t let the Mexicans do a stealth invasion.

  5. The Grundle King says:


    They’re still to busy celebrating gay marriage by posting rainbow profile pictures.

    I mean, Independence Day really isn’t their holiday, anyways. Liberals are the descendants of the British loyalists. They’re content to serve under a ruler, so long as it’s a ruler that they agree with and benefit from. They hate them some war, love them some taxation, and aren’t afraid to sell out their countrymen to fulfill their own goals.

    I’m just waiting for them to petition the government to declare June 26th a national holiday.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Good one, Brian. It never ceases to amaze me how conservatives KNOW what liberals think and the basis of their thoughts. Are they omniscient?

  7. The Grundle King says:

    Shall this be the game we play?

    It never ceases to amaze me how liberals KNOW what conservatives think and the basis of their thoughts. Are they, too, omniscient?

  8. The Grundle King says:

    While it refers to the villain voiced by Danny DeVito in the ‘My Little Ponies’ movie (a fact I learned about after picking the moniker), it was meant to denote where I feel I stand. If you come to understand the meaning of the term ‘grundle’, and recognize the anatomical parts by which it is surrounded, then perhaps the name will make sense.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Shall this be the game we play?
    It never ceases to amaze me how liberals KNOW what conservatives think and the basis of their thoughts. Are they, too, omniscient?

    Hey, YOU just did it, not me!

  10. The Grundle King says:

    My apologies, I just assume that all left-leaning individuals going by “Anonymous” are the same person.

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