Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Today we celebrate...our Independence Day

July Fourth is always a fun holiday for me because, as mentioned previously, a tiny little part of me always gets giddy at the sight of fireworks. As the Star Spangled Banner is literally my favorite song (lyrics-wise...yes, I'm crazy), the symbolism of the day really strikes a chord with me. Am I the only one, then, who finds it a little sacrilegious that it seems someone has found it to be a perfect holiday for the Nathan's Hot Dog Contest? What, after all, does eating 52 hot dogs in 12 minutes have anything to do with fighting for our independence against tyranny and taxation without representation?

Also...am I the only one wondering about how Kobeyashi somehow has six pack abs to go along with the six-plus packs of hot dogs that are somehow inside there? (Ew...)

To get us back on track with the independence celebration, here's the whole speech from "Independence Day," to which I refer in the title of this post and of which I am actually a big fan:
"Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. "Mankind." That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom... Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution... but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight!" We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!"


lakhawk said...

Great movie...if only that alien hadn't killed Harry Connick, Jr., so early on.

The Law Fairy said...

Oh my God. I had such a huge crush on Bill Pullman when I was a teenager. I actually went out and bought the soundtrack and rehearsed the speech to try to synch it with the timing from the movie.

Don't pretend you didn't know I was that huge of a nerd.

Where Productivity Goes to Die said...

I always thought the last line "We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight!" was taken directly from a Dr. Seuss book...the next line totally should have been "We will not be die, Sam-I-am"...