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I dig the Fourth of July.

Posted on Wednesday, 6th July 2011 @ 12:51 AM by Text Size A | A | A

Please rise for our national anthem. (and crank it up!)

Yeehaw!!!!!!! I totally dig fireworks. And unlike some people I know, I dig this country. Not so much because of where we are or our history, though there’s much to be proud of. Hey We have a black president! We could have a female president! This is a country where I can say ‘I don’t like my govt,’ and not disappear! We have dozens of religions, various races, ethnic groups, political viewpoints, lifestyles etc. all living together here. Jon Stewart recently commented that we’ve been given the notion that right wingers and left wingers, Dems and Reps, conservatives and liberals….can’t work together…..But we work together everyday, everywhere except, as Jon notes, on Capitol Hill. I’ve had various chapters in life where I thought within this or that ideological framework. It’s was comforting to think I was safely within the ranks of the good guys. Always painful though, when our personal paradigm proves worthless against actual reality. These days I’m believing that the answers to our problems come from outside any narrow ideology.

Our founding fathers weren’t water walking ascended masters…but they ‘weren’t no fools neither’. The progressive thought that went into the constitution has many times prevented mob psychology from doing it’s worst. I wish that the writings of people like Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin,  and John Adams, would be covered in school more extensively because something has gone awry.

I hear people, STILL, in the year 2011, say “We need to return to christian values as a nation.” “We need to return to the christian principles our great nation was founded upon.”

Fer reals? We need to go back to when America was a theocracy?….I’m sorry, when was that? Where are these scriptures in the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence? Huh-uh. This country is great because of an original combination of deep thinking and passion for higher ideals and a consequent history of people wanting to preserve and defend their way of life. Fascism is just as likely to come in the form of a flag draped cross as a star and crescent or  hammer and sickle.

I believe John Ashcroft once said “America has no king but Jesus!” ACTually, America has no king Period because you can’t call yourself a democratic republic if-you-have-one.

It’s funny, I think unemployent, the economy and national security are the biggest concerns on most American’s minds…..but every piece of republican garbage I got in my mailbox last election cycle was about “stopping the gays.” RrrrEALLLyyy? It makes me laugh, it really does. And the ‘other side’ has no shortage of silliness. This is, of course opinion, but how is the wording of  the second amendment is in any way unclear? I’ve NO idea, but the Dems have seemed completely comfortable with shooting themselves in the foot over this issue for decades. How did these people, left and right, EVer get to be in charge?

Because as great as America is/was/can be………..right now we’re a bread and circus oriented society that would rather have comforts than give a damn……by and large……except of course for myself and you, dear reader.   8^)  We sit in the bleachers and cheer for our favorite team like it was a football game while they continue to do whatever they want. They will be in charge until decent, educated, concerned people decide otherwise…..or until the paranoid hive consciousness of the Tea Party decides otherwise.

Change is the only constant, change is coming, and so often in history the good prevails…just barely…….because there were just a few more people thinking on their feet…..being courageous……..adding another note to the dissonant roar of the mindless mob.

I often include some relevance to Zen in my posts. Zen is, in part, about making decisions outside the conditioning we were brought up with or bought into. It’s relevant, I think. I hope everyone had a great 4th and I hope you’ll take a sec’ and enjoy my version of the Jimi Hendrix version of the national anthem on youtube clip at the top of the post. America rocks, I’m tellin’ ya.

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