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FANTASY AND REALITY
5 July 2007
This is the photo that I used for my 365 collection today:
My caption reads: "Today we celebrate the birth of democracy in a country which has forgotten what democracy is. We celebrate the Constitution in a country where the Constitution has been weakened and trampled upon by the current administration. We'll talk about the Founding Fathers in a country where an autocratic administration has set itself above the law. But we'll eat BBQ and watch pretty fireworks and feel good about ourselves, because if you divert the people with other stuff, they won't notice all the bad that is going on around them. Right?"
This may be "the best country in the world" (tho I doubt it), but it's hard to get excited about how wonderful we are when you realize that Paris Hilton (for whom I have nothing good to say) has spent more time in prison for drunk driving than Scooter Libby will spend for the crime for which Bill Clinton was impeached. (And the Man in the White House admits he has not ruled out the idea of an outright pardon somewhere down the line.)
It's hard to get excited about a country where the Vice President is the Teflon Don who has set himself up as a fourth branch of the government, answerable to no one, slashing through the precious freedoms we have held dear for more than 200 years and for which we are willing to risk the lives of young people in far-off lands.
It's hard to get excited about being "the land of the free and the home of the brave" when we are, bit by bit, giving up all of the freedoms that made us "the land of the free" and sending all of our "brave" to die in far-off lands, in a war started by lies, while at home we are being worked into a state of frenzy by convenient arbitrary colored alerts that turn out to be nothing.
It's hard to get excited at the sight of Lady Liberty begging "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door" while we are arguing about how big, how wide, how high and how powerful the fences should be to keep out interlopers.
It's hard to feel excited about your country when it is led by smirking men who all know they are better than you, that they have big secrets and nobody is going to get them, and that there is nothing you can do about it. nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah. And their sycophants who will take a bullet for the big guys and keep grinning because they know they will be Taken Care Of if they are just unwaveringly loyal.
It's hard to feel excited about leaders who set themselves above the law and blatantly ignore it when it suits their pleasure (and it almost always suits their pleasure).
But the 4th will be
Bigger and Better and there will be Music and Fireworks and we will all pat
each other on the backs and tell ourselves that golly gee whiz, this is a
great country. Maybe that's why smaller newspapers suspend publication
on the 4th — to give us an opportunity to avoid the news for the day so we
can actually believe in the fantasy, however briefly.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Oh say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave?
This is entry #2654