The Fourth of July is just a few days away. We're all going downtown on the third to attend our city's big fireworks, which we've never done before. We'll be at an event hosted by the hospital foundation -- Doug's employer. It should be a good time (for the kids anyway -- I'd rather be on my sofa with some colorful cotton yarn and a good old movie). We're having family over on the Fourth -- a big spread of food and (if I know my husband) about 2 hours worth of fireworks that may or may not bring the city police to our house.
I'm having some difficulty, however, summoning any feeling whatsoever for this holiday. I love seeing family, and I'm glad for the opportunity for my kids to enjoy a truly huge (professional) fireworks display, but I'm not at all feeling patriotic. I feel rather poopy about the whole thing, to be honest. Am I alone here?
In the last six months, there's been change, change and more change, but I don't believe that I have heard of one accomplishment from this administration that I have been pleased with. Not one. That's awfully hard to believe, considering how many changes have been made. In fact, I mentioned to my husband the other day that I would like to find a temporary residence, out of the country, for the next four years (how 'bout a villa in Italy?). Believe me, if we were wealthy, that would be a serious possibility. I'm not normally one to get going when the going gets tough, but I'm feeling veerrry helpless these days. It seems as though changes are being made single-handedly with no goals being met except "The Ones." Does it not seem as though we have all been transported to a different time and place? Wasn't our country created in such a way as to prevent that from happening? How can so many mindless people be in one place at one time? No one in Washington apparently has their own mind, or any guts.
It feels like the life is being sucked from our independence. The principles upon which our founding fathers created this nation appear to be trampled like flowers on a playground. Sadly, I'm not certain Americans today know how to fight for freedom. We've always had it. We're like frogs set on the stove in a pot of cool water. Slowly it's being brought to a boil, but not fast enough for us to feel the heat. We haven't felt a threat great enough to cause action -- maybe because we don't know what to look for.
So sorry to be a downer today. I don't mean to pollute your patriotism. Just wondering if I'm all alone here at my pity party. I think if Thomas Jefferson were alive today, he might party with me.
"I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive." -- Thomas Jefferson