New national poll shows changing American attitudes about Independence Day

Created: 07/04/2014 5:38 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Just in time for the holidays – a new national poll shows some changing American attitudes about Independence Day.

The poll from Rasmussen Reports finds 58 percent of us still saying the 4th of July is one of our most important holidays. Only 4 percent think it’s one of our least important – and 37 percent say it’s somewhere in between.

But now less than half of us – 46 percent – think the United States is a country with “liberty and justice for all”, as the Pledge of Allegiance says, while almost as many – 45 percent – disagree. About 9 percent are not sure.

We sampled opinions at the annual Rio Rancho Pork & Brew, where most American patriots are thinking about beer and brats and barbecue, but plenty of people wanted to weigh in on this issue.

“Well look at us compared to other countries,” said Brenda Charles. “We’re a lot better off. Liberty and justice for all? Sure!”

“It’s a great theory and I wish we were there,” said David Turner. “Unfortunately there’s so many laws and rules and restrictions on everything. It’s still the best country and I love it.”

“Our independence, our freedom – the freedom to do what we choose – justice for all? Yes!” said Ricky Baca.

A little pause for patriotism at the Pork & Brew – featuring some of the best barbecue in this “ one nation, under God, indivisible!”

By the way, a man named Francis Bellamy composed the Pledge back in 1892. He was a utopian socialist who thought patriotism needed a boost. Congress did not adopt the Pledge until 1942, when World War Two was going full blast. Congress added the words “under God” in 1954, when plenty of Americans seemed to favor differentiating ourselves from the godless commie atheists who ran the Soviet Union. It was a Cold War thing, and remains somewhat controversial to this day.

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