Teacher: July 4th fireworks are bad because they simulate ‘pretend war’

July 4, 2014

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

Fireworks 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.

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11 Responses

  1. Employed101 says:

    What an arsehole!  Fireworks were invented in China…
    ……home of his beloved MAO who slaughtered 40-70 million of his own people.

    What a waste of oxygen that teacher is…


  2. spinolio says:

    Liberals are such sad people. All they do whine and complain… get a life and leave me the HeII alone.

  3. mcjenny says:

     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.

    I think we need to “rethink” who we let teach and influence our young
    people. No wonder so many are coming out of school screwed up.

  4. Joseph says:

    Liberals are just like the stereotypical Puritans, they are gripped by a chilling fear that someone, somewhere out there, may be having fun.

    • jude says:

      and they are not having fun, following obama off the cliff of no return, 
       just whining, complaining, bitching  such are liberals, such sad and stupid people, 
      suffer buttholes.

  5. Valannin says:

    Bill Bigelow spent his time in the classroom vilifying the founding fathers as racist monsters, and re-enacting labor strikes with the students.  He’s not an educator; he’s a propagandist. 

  6. raintyday says:

    I say it’s time to take this liberal outfit to task!  Why do we quietly let them rule our schools and children,  disrupt our lives, leave our borders wide open and tear apart our country ?????   We’ve tried the quiet, respectful and obliging ways – let’s try yelling out and dishing back what they dish out. Passiveness is not going to get this under control.  Their occupy  group could not even compare to a group of true americans marching against them.    Whatever it takes before we completely go Europian.

  7. Beachguy53 says:

    Too bad someone doesn’t shoot a bottle rocket up his *ss to get him out of the classroom.

  8. hydrangea1 says:

    Bigelow, you are an example of someone who has been educated beyond their intelligence.

  9. Blair says:

    His views equal “Pretend dictatorship.”

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