I hope you are all enjoying your Fourth of July Holiday today! Remember that it is more than a day off. It is a day to honor the founding of your country. It is day to reflect what it is to be a US citizen. Reflect on what independence truly means, in the grand scheme of things. Too many times the political rhetoric tends to obscure what the Founding Fathers truly had in mind when they dared to challenge the status-quo.

In honor of the celebration of the Independence of the United States, I thought that I would forgo the usual politics today and instead share a light hearted moment with you.

Unfortunately, I just can’t leave Donald Trump out of it because, well because, he is a clown and as a clown he gives us something to laugh at on occasion. Other times, he just scares all of us to death.

So sit back and enjoy your hotdogs and hamburgers as you watch Donald Trump fear an attack from Mexico. Don’t worry, it is only a 30-second video, because it only takes Donald Trump 20-seconds to make a fool out of himself.

Enjoy the fireworks! I’ll be back tomorrow with more politics. I thought I’d also share the Bill of Rights with you as a reminder of what many of you are celebrating.

The United States Bill of Rights

Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Amendment VII
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...

3 replies on “Happy Fourth of July 2016”

  1. Trumps comment about Mexico was obviously meant as a joke. Come on, let’s not start spinning the news. You’re better than that.

    I’m sure Mexico would not even consider an attack and the U.S. wouldn’t either. They had an opportunity during WWII and didn’t. We have our differences, however I seriously doubt there will ever be military conflict between the two. The only probability would be if Mexico was used as an invasion route by another country.

    So let’s take Trumps for what they are, a joke, sarcasm.

  2. Agree that Trump’s comment was a stupid joke. Martin, when you focus on comments like this you are losing sight of real issues. This is a day to proudly fly the flag but you choose to put Trump front and center. Unbelievable. I like the rest of your posting on the independence of the U.S. and the amendments. I am curious that you say “It is a day to honor the founding of your country.” You’ve explained why you do not want to be a citizen, but shouldn’t living here, working here, and raising your family here make you want to be part of it enough to say “the founding of our country.”

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