I remember not only the ideals but how often my country has failed to live up to those ideals.
Sometime everything about my country seems like a lie.
For all the sloganeering about freedom it seems in damned short supply if you are not a rich white Protestant man of a certain class and breeding.
So let us see What should I celebrate on the Forth of July?
Shall I celebrate the genocide of nearly an entire race of people who once inhabited this fair nation and the relegation of the rest to the meanest most barren, isolated and desolate parts of it?
Shall I celebrate the enslavement of people originally from Africa but now American upon whose whip scarred backs the original wealth of the nation was built?
KKKonservative historical revisionists call the Civil War the War of Northern Aggression. A monumental act of denial on the order of that of Nazi Symps who deny the holocaust and the murder of not only 6 million Jews but also millions of others. War of Northern aggression my ass, more like the War of Southern Treason. Slavery isn’t one bit prettier if you try to disguise behind the current Southern Republican racists’ pet phrase, “Atlantic Triangular Trade”. It was the fucking slave trade. The buying and selling of human beings. God Bless America…
Now we abuse the economic refugees from Mexico just as we did the Irish, the Poles, Italians and thousands upon thousands of other immigrants from Europe and Asia before them.
Platitudes tell me how how equal we are. Jim Crow laws from my childhood replete with lynchings give lie to that one.
Busted heads on picket lines, beatings for peaceful sit down strikes, black lists and employment terminations make the very idea that we have freedom of speech a joke.
In the 1960s it was illegal for someone with transsexualism or transgenderism to dress in a way that reflected who they knew themselves to be. Sodomy was a criminal offense in almost every state in the nation.
For a bright and shining moment we called the 1960s and the 1970s it looked as though we would finally actualize the ideals of this nation.
But with the election of Reagan and the subsequent neo-cons and neo-libs we have descended once again into the swamp of bigotry, imperialistic wars, denial of rights.
The lies that are told about the 1960s do to that era what the right wing historical revisionists have done to our entire history and that is replace history with mythology.