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Meditations On The 4th of July, 2009

As almost everyone knows, today is July 4th, Independence Day for the United States of America. We’re 233 years old. Independence Day had been celebrated during the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, September 11th, repeated financial storms and much more. But when each of these passed, at the end of the day, the good old USA might have experienced changes in how it saw itself, but ultimately always looked and felt the same. Same old pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and try all over again, to paraphrase a well-known Sinatra song.
But now there’s a sense of gloom around. There’s a passivity that has infiltrated the public. There’s a mood that is terribly disturbing, a mood that collectively accepts any behavior as de rigueur, that the “old ways” are out of step with the modern world. A mood that says, ” If you take care of me, I don’t care if you take away my freedom.” The Administration and the Congress sees this,hears this, and is all too glad to comply.
Perhaps this is the last 4th of July for the USA. Perhaps next year we’ll instead be celebrating the first anniversary of the People’s Republic of North America.

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