Sunday, July 04, 2010

Free and Bold



















Now that slavery has been abolished in the USA, civil rights acts established, now that women and any other free citizens of age can vote, now that the 18-21 year old crew can, too, Americans can feel pretty good about Independence Day.  Some of these liberties have been established in my own life time.

With British Petroleum off our shores, however, and some of our not-so-united states (Arizona, for example) in a repressive mood, gay rights still fledgling and the land of the free, home of the brave (still) blithely having committed troops and mercenaries to invade and garrison "over there" for insufficient reason (specifically Iraq) and having re-established prison camps (Gitmo, etc.) after 9/11/2001, we can't now afford to rest on our laurels, not by a long shot.  If the USA has been at war for more than half of my lifetime, this is certainly even more true for anyone younger than I am . . .

I, too, though, despite the long haul still to go, personally am grateful to be free, to not have to attend a state-sponsored Puritanical ceremony, to be able to write without censorship, to communicate mostly with whom I wish, to eat drink and be merry on my own time, to travel far and wide without censure, to have a job, to have friends and family and aquaintances alive and kicking, to be alive to enjoy, to get another day of life, even -- yes, cynical-sounding as I may sometimes come across, I do be grateful.  Have freedom, will travel . . . Happy Independence Day from the US of A, y'all!

Today's Rune: Defense.

7 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Yeah, there are so many great tihngs about living in this country, and it is completely American to want it to be even better, and better for everyone living in it.

pattinase (abbott) said...

More or less maybe.

jodi said...

Amen, Erik! You said it all. Hope yours was a great one!

Anonymous said...

就像許多外遇故事一樣
男人有了外遇想要離婚,但是女人死不放手
所以他藉故發揮、所以她不甘示弱
他總是說這樣不可理喻的女人俗不可耐才讓他想要離婚
她總是說這樣背棄婚姻的男人她絕對不會離婚讓他們好過

記憶中我從沒有過快樂的童年、幸福的家庭
父親在家的時候總是爭執不斷
父親離家的時候母親總是數落不斷

我總是想,為什麼不離婚
這樣的婚姻意義何在?

母親認為離婚就是輸了
但是她不知道,自己身陷在漩渦中無法掙脫...

Anonymous said...

知道他有了外遇
面對他的低聲下氣妳冷嘲熱諷、無理取鬧
妳瘋狂似的大吵大鬧
甚至到他的公司去亂、向他的親友抱怨、向鄰居們哭訴…
妳把他的外遇鬧的人盡皆知
最後,妳把他的愧疚消耗殆盡…
最後,妳把他想要回頭的念頭打消…
最後,妳自己把他推向外遇的第三者身邊…

Johnny Rojo said...

Amen. It may not be a perfect country, but it's got plenty to be proud of.

I was listening to NPR this morning about the 50th anniversary of "To Kill A Mockingbird," and how it was part of the artistic backdrop to the civil rights movement. As I've pointed out frequently, most of the sacrifices made for that movement-- Schwerner, Cheney and Goodman, Violet Liuzza, M.L. King-- and most of the advances-- Voting Rights Act, etc.-- were within my short lifetime.

t said...

Hope July 4th was happy for you. It'll be nice to do that again, fireworks, barbeque, the last weeks of sun (sort of).
Re: Johnny Rojo
Amazing how the arts (writers, chiefly) not only reflected the times but also shaped the times (in US history, Soviet history, ...)