or 29 years, NPR’sMorning Edition has upheld a patriotic July 4 tradition. Every Independence Day, its radio personalities and reporters read the Declaration of Independence aloud. This year, they also posted the text of the document in a series of tweets, much to the chagrin of insane conservatives on Twitter.
Some people on that glorious website didn’t realize that National Public Radio was honoring our nation’s great history and instead believed the organization was spreading biasedliberal nonsense.
It’s unclear whether NPR knew exactly what it was doing or whether the ire it sparked in some Trump supporters was entirelyunintentional, but either way, these tweets are beyond bonkers.
But believe it or not, there’s a happy ending to this story. I know! But it’s true.
At noon on July 4, NPR gave us this gift.
The organization began its thread with this link to an article explaining the tradition of reading the Declaration of Independence out loud every July 4 holiday.
NPR proceeded to post the entire text of the Declaration in a thread of tweets, exactly the way John Hancock and the other signers intended for it to be read.
If Twitter was around when the Declaration of Independence was being written, it would be much more succinct.
#AllMenAreCreatedEqual #UnalienableRights #LifeLibertyPursuitOfHappiness
The organization dutifully sent over 100 tweets in order to post the whole Declaration.
Some of the choices in line breaks could lead one to believe that NPR was indeed aware of its ability to rile some people up with the very words on which our nation was founded.
The most retweeted post of the series is, “A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”
Hmm. I wonder which current leader of the United States this sentence could potentially refer to?
There is actually a lot in the document that could be construed as critical of our current government.
For example,this string of tweets basically states that governments arebuilt by the people,endowed with power by the peopleand that if any government deigns to mess up big time and threaten the safety and happiness of the people, the people can say, “NOPE,” get rid of that government, and make a new one.
Isn’t that cool?!
While the Declaration of Independence does seem stark in its relevance, it is by no means “biased propaganda.”
Diesel’s use of emojis leads me to believe he has positive feelings toward the United States of America, and yet, he didn’t recognize the most American text of all.
What do I have to say about that?