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A critically thinking curmudgeon whose goal, in addition to creatively venting about the imperfect world in which we live, is to induce critical thinking in others. The ultimate goal is to help bring about a peaceful world in which we can all live in freedom.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Celebrating the Fourth: Why Bother?

Most of us are by now doing something to commemorate America’s 229th birthday. We may be barbecuing (or, more accurately, “grilling”), attending family gatherings, taking a vacation, or lighting off pyrotechnics. Some of us, however, are undergoing an apathetic sense of mourning of the sort experienced by someone watching a beloved relative die slowly of a debilitating disease. The patient in this case is the United States of America, and on this 229th anniversary of the founding of an ostensibly “free” nation, the birthday girl reminds one of the great aunt in the nursing home who is celebrating her centennial, but is too sick and senile to realize it. Like the great aunt who is in a geriatric state of vegetation and deserves to be euthanized, America at two and a quarter centuries is in a terminal stage that calls for anything but celebration.

Harry Browne said it best: it’s time to “uncelebrate the Fourth.” While one hopes for a turnaround and restoration of the principles on which this once-great nation was founded, to continue to “celebrate” America, particularly in the style and custom advocated by the minions of the State and endorsed by the wild-eyed, brainless (and brainwashed) masses, is just too much for the thinking, freedom-loving person to abide. Better to save the celebrations for the day when liberty again reigns supreme. Meanwhile, fly the flag at half-mast, preferably upside down. It’s possible that this will catch some peoples’ attention and may even offend them enough to prompt serious discussions of why the whole celebration of the Fourth has become an exercise in pointlessness. More likely, however, no one will even notice that you’re flying a flag at all, let alone in a politically incorrect manner.

So, for those of you with more optimism in your souls than I have in mine, enjoy this Fourth of July. Celebrate the good things left in this land, such as the fact that there are still some of us out there who know what this country is really supposed to be all about and what the real reasons are for celebrating. In the meantime, I'll pass.

Cheers!