Remain Calm, Etc: Happy 4th
Posted July 4, 2013on:
Happy 4th of July, Widdershins!
Today we are 235 years old. We were born as a great experiment, with all (or most of us) being free, and all (or most of us) being equal in the eyes of the law. At least, all of us who happen to be white males who also happen to own property, that is.
Democracy is a messy, time consuming process, no doubt about it. We have made many strides forward, and an equal if not greater number if steps to the side. Sometimes I wonder if some of those side-steps are actually more like reverses. Nevertheless, we forge on.
Before we all disperse to our day of picnics, barbeques and fireworks, I’d like to just take a quick minute here to share some birthday wishes for our nation.
I wish that equality were more than a stated concept. Government of the few, by the few, and for the few is just not consistent with our founding principles.
I wish that we would remember that our own people need things. It’s fine to build power lines and schools in foreign nations, but our own need some updating as well.
I wish that our government would be equally concerned about our general state of health as they are about women’s reproductive systems. Seems that the famous “government interference” just does not apply in this particular instance.
I wish that politicians would remember that safety is more than reading emails and making people take off their shoes at the airport. Safety also applies to domestic violence, guns in the hands of abusers and the mentally il, and a decent place to live..
I wish that more Americans would vote. We would have far fewer bozos in office if more people got to the polls.
I wish that the Americans who do vote would actually listen to what politicians say while running for office. Be a little discriminating, people, and try to work your way past the slogans.
Anyhow, my wish for y’all is for fair winds, sunshine, and basted chicken on every grill. Have a great day.
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