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The Daily Planet's Opinion: Celebrate Fourth of July? Anti-U.S. Asheville offers gala that skips patriotism
Wednesday, 22 June 2022 11:41

Fhe Fourth of July — from 1776 to now — has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues — and that remains the case in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.

“The United States was formed as a result of the American Revolution when the 13 American colonies revolted against the rule of Great Britain,” according to Google. “After the war ended, the U.S. Constitution formed a new government. These 13 colonies became the first 13 states as each ratified the Constitution.

“The United States of America is the world’s foremost economic and military power. It has the third largest population in the world (325 million) and its economy produces around one quarter of the world’s wealth – $17.97 trillion in 2015.

“The fundamental purpose of the United States is laid down in the Preamble to the Constitution: ‘. . . to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.’”

However, it is increasingly noticable — and troubling to us — that Asheville, billed (rather pretentiously, some would say) as “the Paris of the South” and standing out as the most populous city in WNC and the Upstate, also seems to be the least patriotic, but, much to our relief, the city nonetheless has scheduled — for the Fourth of July — at least a rather bare-bones celebration of the birth of the greatest nation ever to exist.

 (For the record, Asheville’s population totals about 93,590 residents in 2022, surpassing neighboring rival Greenville, S.C., the region’s second-largest city, which has a population that stands at about 75,993, according to

While other cities, towns, villages and even some churches in WNC and the Upstate (and across this great nation) have worked hard to present sincere, patriotic and enthused galas to honor the USA’s founding, including parades, speeches, activities and fireworks, Asheville’s gala is more generic and fun-oriented than patriotic in nature.

In vivid contrast, the leaders of Hendersonville (just a 30-minute drive to the south of Asheville) show genuine respect and appreciation for the freedoms we have in being blessed to be born in — or having moved to—  the most-free nation in the world, with a parade, many patriotic and freedom-related activities, capped by a majestic fireworks display.

The irony is that Asheville serves as the site of what could be best referred to as a (seemingly) nonstop and mostly inane, idiotic (even laughable) smorgasbord of festivals and events in its trash-strewn, crime-ridden, crowded and chaotic downtown.

Instead of setting a good example for other communities in the region, Asheville — increasingly known for its loud, sometimes radical and violent protests that stretch the boundaries of freedom into totalitarianism — is trailing. We fear that Asheville is (perhaps) showing its true colors as a city dominated by America-bashing, pampered elitists who only half-heartedly (at best) celebrate the the USA’s precious birth on the Fourth of July. 



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