Independence Day Memories, Poway Term Limits, Biden vs Trump Debate, SCOTUS Cases

July 3, 2024
John Riley discusses Independence Day Memories, Poway Term Limits, Biden vs Trump Debate, SCOTUS Cases

Tomorrow, we celebrate America’s birthday! I share some of my Independence Day memories and invite you to share yours. We also discuss Poway term limits, Poway Voices, Biden vs Trump debate, SCOTUS cases and more. Got a question or comment? Drop your take in the live chat on Facebook, X or YouTube to get involved in the San Diego Community Forum.

It’s Wednesday, July 3, 2024. This is what John Riley thinks.

Poway News

  • Term limit campaign suspended.
  • Haters hating
  • People in denial about the cause of the housing crisis
    • Housing crisis because of lack of inventory
    • System rigged for landlords, investors, homeowners.
    • They love NIMBYism, drives up prices.
    • Then other people can subsidize the rent.
  • More micromanagement
  • July 16th

General News

  • Debate performance.
  • Debate reaction.
    • Biden drop out.
    • If drop out, can he hold job down now?
    • Irresponsible for Dems to stick with him given threat of Trump.
  • Supreme Court Cases
    • Chevron (fisherman, eviction moratorium, vaccine mandate, immigration, etc.)
      • Separation of power: legislative, executive, judicial
      • Regulatory state, unaccountable, conflict of interest
      • Fisherman
      • Eviction moratorium
    • Trump Immunity
      • Law and Order POTUS
      • Qualified immunity (POTUS, police)
      • Kavanaugh, Alito said Nobody above the law.
    • Homelessness
      • Cities can remove homeless.
      • Local control
    • Reminds me of the Ben Sasse comments: Schoolhouse Rock, separation of powers, etc.

My Independence Day Stories

All through my youth, the 4th of July always represented summertime and fireworks. It was never Independence Day to me. Always 4th of July.

  • Watching fireworks on the street in front of Burlingame house as a kid.
  • That great trip every year to the Red Devil fireworks stand.
  • Fuzzy memories of seeing fireworks in Guerneville.
  • 9 years old in Kearns Utah. Only allowed sparklers and caps.  We used a hammer to blow up caps, often a whole role at a time.
  • Learning about illegal fireworks at around 11 years old. Here stories about people blowing up toilets with M-80s.
  • The Bicentennial quarters.
  • About 12-13 years old we knew a guy who knew a guy and we would get some firecrackers and bottle rockets.
  • Around 16 years old make the trip to China Town and buy fireworks. Do a deal in a back alley.
  • Big fireworks show at La Jolla Cove freshman year at UCSD. Big fireworks show a much bigger thing here in San Diego than I remember in Burlingame.
  • Fireworks from Kate Sessions Park with synchronized music
  • Shooting bottle rockets from UCSD A-2 into B-16. Must have been left over from the summer.
  • With the kids, always attending a softball or baseball tournament somewhere.
  • Watching fireworks from our home in North Poway.  Little by little they would not get high enough over the hill to see them.
  • Driving to Flaming Gorge WY and seeing the fireworks store right when we passed the state line.
  • Then having leftovers back in Poway. I took them to the hazardous materials dump site. I always wondered if the workers there actually kept them.

Then as I became more politically aware and learned more about the true meaning of America’s founding, I really started to focus on the Declaration of Independence as a radical, innovative, groundbreaking idea. That we all have rights that precede the govt. And the govt’s role is to secure those rights.

Excerpts from Declaration of Independence:

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.

Objections to the King:

  • He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
  • He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
  • For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
  • For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
  • He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us

Thank you.

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