Top 5 Most Badass Quotes In American History!

Top 5 Most Badass Quotes In American History!

These quotes will just make you want to say 'Merica.
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The Fourth of July. America’s holiday, our birthday, where Americans enjoy a weekend full of fireworks, BBQ, sports, family, friends and hopefully will reflect upon how lucky they are to be citizens of the greatest nation on earth; the United States of America. Make no mistake, America. We hail from a land of individuals who aren’t afraid to speak their mind. Who relish in the opportunity to take chances, who dares to dream, set the bar high for the rest of the world, extend the olive branch and become a great friend to the world, and to lay the wrath of the Almighty down on those that choose to mess with the US of A! We don’t take crap from nobody, so here are the top 5 most badass quotes in American history. Happy 240th, America! *bald eagle screeches in the distance*

5. Teddy Roosevelt

“Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot, but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose.”

Good Lord. Teddy is certainly one of the most badass Americans to have ever lived. The former President and then candidate at the time of this quote in 1912 while running under the Bull Moose Progressive ticket in the Presidential election. Right before the speech he was to give in Milwaukee, Iron-Chested Ted took a round to the chest from an unemployed saloonkeeper. BEFORE THE SPEECH! He still got up and spoke for 90 freaking minutes before he went to the hospital. Taking one for the team, Teddy. Atta boy! Badass.

4. General Anthony McAuliffe

“To the German Commander:

NUTS!

-The American Commander”

This was the one word reply General McAuliffe gave to the German army forces that had surrounded the Americans at the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne, 1944. The German commander had wrote to McAuliffe, carefully and eloquently explaining to him that he had no chance of survival if they did not surrender the town to the Nazis, which could have turned the tide of the war in favor of the Germans. The General replied with one word referencing his man regions and that must have pissed off the Germans real bad, cause they attempted to destroy the US forces, but that was the last thing they did before they all got smoke checked... Badass.

3. Nathan Hale

The American spy and soldier stated in 1776, “I only regret that I have one life to lose for my country."

So I did a biography on Nate when I was in the 3rd grade and this quote has always stuck with me. These were his last words before he was hanged by the British Army in 1776 after being caught spying. How noble is that. In his moment of dying, he did not think about his own personal safety nor did he regret anything he did. Instead he speaks of his country, the United States of America and pledges his dedication to the cause he deedem worthy enough to die for. I can only dream of being the badass that Captain Nathan Hale was in my wildest dreams. Hooah, sir. Badass.

2. Patrick Henry

“Give me liberty, or give me death!,” said the Virginia politician in 1775.

We all know this one. It’s the rallying cry of our Revolution and is still relevant in our very complex and ever changing political world. Mr. Henry said this during a speech he made to the Virginia Convention in March of 1775 as his closing statement. He is credited with convincing the Convention to provide Virginian troops to the Revolution, which was at that time a New England affair. Think of the stones on this guy, man. Making a speech where he talks all sorts of junk about the Crown and why they should go to war against the greatest army in the world at that time. Not to mention, if they lost, they would all certainly be executed for committing treason against England. But the reward, of having our country where we can govern ourselves freely is going to be so sweet, he told the Convention. Thus, give me liberty or give me death! Badass.

1. The Declaration of Independence

“These united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved.”

The original #Brexit. This break up letter to the King and Great Britain sent shockwaves into the West and further escalated the American Revolution. It was then, on July 4, 1776, that we told King George to put that in your pipe and smoke it. That’s some real gangsta stuff right there honestly. We were the first to tell an authoritarian government to go screw itself and that we were going to govern ourselves. Nobody had ever tried something like this before in the course of human history,and we just decided to wing it. Baaaaaaaalllsy stuff right there, man. We left the comfort of being Britain’s pet and we decided that it was better to be free than it was comfortable. Sticking it to the man since 1776. Up yours, Georgey. Badass.

I hope you enjoyed, guys! Have a fun, safe holiday weekend and I'll see you next week!

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

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Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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There Is So Much Beauty In The Fourth Of July Despite The Blazing Hot Temperatures

Because what other time could you be sweating from every pore in your body but still be having a good time?

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July fourth is arguably one of the hottest and most American holidays there is. Families and friends come together to celebrate the day of the United States' independence. The whole town comes out to the same place, at the same time, to sit in the burning hot sun and watch the commencement of the celebration parade.

Old cars drive through, fire trucks and police cars blare their sirens, pageant princesses and little misses wave from their glorious floats, high school bands play with the sunlight gleaming off their instruments, and horses prance through the street.

Even with so many amazing things going by, everyone's attention is always on something else. Retired veterans from every branch of the military drive or walk by, proudly wearing their hats and waving at everyone they pass. These are the people that you're going to want to pay attention to, out of respect if nothing else.

Just about every other car throws out candy and little kids scramble to get some before it disappears. It's a race to get the most and the best pieces. Clearly, this is the highlight of their morning and it keeps them quiet until siblings start fighting over who got what. Although by the end of the day, all you've got is hard bubble gum and partially unwrapped dum-dums.

Once the last sirens die out the majority of the crowd begins to trickle away. Some go to the pool or the beach and get a tan, and others take it easy all day, but most will be grilling out on this night. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and apple pie are served and the adults kick back with a beer to watch the children play and run around in their red, white, and blue outfits.

Chances are the local park will hold family-friendly festivities that evening, including face painting and sketchy amusement rides. People are posing for pictures at every turn and the sound of overlapping chatter and laughing never dies down.

As the temperature begins to drop a couple degrees kids and adults alike light up sparklers and draw pictures or words in the air, creating fairytale-like memories that will carry on anytime you think of the Fourth of July.

Finally, when dusk starts to settle in it is time for the long-awaited fireworks. The best spots in town fill up within in minutes to watch the show, but really it's pretty good from nearly anywhere you choose. Family pets are hurried inside to avoid any mishaps or runways and then the sky lights up with beautiful colors and designs.

The last fireworks are always the best because the town always makes sure to have a very grand finale. By the time they end, it's late at night and everyone is tired but in a good way. Some people might be sunburnt and some might be getting a tad grumpy, yet no one seems to really care that much. It ends up to be a great day had by all, and hopefully, nobody forgets the true meaning and importance of this summer holiday.

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