This is no time for saluting flags…

Happy Independence Day. Please enjoy responsibly, with these timely words and timeless music from Lou Reed.
This is no time for celebration
This is no time for shaking hands
This is no time for backslapping
This is no time for marching bands

This is no time for optimism
This is no time for endless thought
This is no time for my country right or wrong
remember what that brought

There is no time

This is no time for congratulations
This is no time to turn your back
This is no time for circumlocution
This is no time for learned speech

This is no time to count your blessings
This is no time for private gain
This is a time to put up or shut up
It won’t come back this way again

There is no time

This is no time to swallow anger
This is no time to ignore hate
This is no time to be acting frivolous
Because the time is getting late

This is no time for private vendettas
This is no time to not know who you are
Self knowledge is a dangerous thing
The freedom of who you are

This is no time to ignore warnings
This is no time to clear the plate
Let’s not be sorry after the fact
and let the past become our fate

There is no time

This is no time to turn away and drink
or smoke some vials of crack
This is a time to gather force
and take dead aim and attack

This is no time for celebration
This is no time for saluting flags
This is no time for inner searchings
The future is at hand

This is no time for phony rhetoric
This is no time for political speech
This is a time for action
because the future’s within reach

This is the time

Because there is no time

Independence Day

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another
and to assume among the powers of the earth, 
the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, 
a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal, 
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are 
Life, 
Liberty 
and the pursuit of Happiness. 

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men,
deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends,
it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, 
and to institute new Government, 
laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, 
as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. 
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for 
light and transient causes; 
and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, 
while evils are sufferable 
than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. 
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, 
pursuing invariably the same Object 
evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, 
it is their right, 
it is their duty, 
to throw off such Government, 
and to provide new Guards for their future security.

And for the support of this Declaration, 
with a firm reliance on the 
protection of divine Providence, 
we mutually pledge 
to each other 
our Lives, 
our Fortunes 
and our sacred Honor.