Happy Independence Day to all
Original post made by tom on Jul 3, 2008
on Jul 3, 2008 at 2:10 pm
I guess there's reason to celebrate. Our civil rights are under siege by our own government; our livelihoods are being sold out from under us by corporations with no community-minded instincts whatsoever; trillions of our tax dollars are being poured down the drain in an ill-conceived and criminal war of choice; and our culture, infected by the visual candy on TV, the Web and the schlock in movie theaters, has only deteriorated since 1961, when Newton Minow described television as "a vast wasteland," a description that now fits mainstream culture as a whole.
We're a nation of sheep. What are we celebrating exactly? An idea? Yes, this country was founded on great ideas. But look what we've done with them. If anything, this holiday ought to be a time for sober reflection on how to save what's left of this great experiment in democracy, respect for minority views, and the rule of law and ponder how to recover what has been lost.
on Jul 5, 2008 at 11:08 am
How is it that the notion of patriotism in these parts has been reduced to blowing up the skies (or neighborhoods, or beaches) with fireworks on the 4th of July? I wonder how many emergency workers on overtime woke up exhausted today after putting out fires and trying to chase down the hundreds of patriots shooting off illegal fireworks. This is truly the Idiot's Holiday.
on Jul 8, 2008 at 11:11 am
There's one thing to celebrate this 4th of July, and that's our opportunity to change the misguided direction of our country -- or our city -- by voting in November.