Thursday, July 03, 2008
Tomorrow is the Fourth of July-
Patriotism has become a contact sport, and that's not a good thing. Patriotism as love of country is essentially meaningless, because it assumes blind loyalty, and that can include anything, including illegal wars and torture- hey, I was referring to the Nazis starting WWII, and the Chinese communist torture of political prisoners -why, what did you think I meant?
In any case, I hung the red-white-and-blue bunting off our porch yesterday, because it pleases me to do so, just as it pleases me to hang the flag off the porch every morning. I think I have said before here that it's a bad idea to let the Limbaughs and Neocons steal patriotism, because we not only let them steal the definition of what patriotism is, but we also let them steal the country while they are at it. If patriotism is what THEY say it is- agreement with a Republican president of the moment, then what's the point?
But IF patriotism is EXPECTING the very best for your country, and FIGHTING FOR the very best FROM your country, NOW we're talking.
What if patriotism is *not* blindly supporting your countries temporary leader, but instead is supporting your countries founding ideals???
Huh. Interesting concept.
We've got beer an burgers in the fridge, and badminton and croquet stuff on the lawn, and relatives, friends and neighbors over here tomorrow. But what music shall we play? I have a July 4th Medley started for tomorrow, but please, give me some more ideas. Whatever your side of the political spectrum, what should we be listening to tomorrow, to celebrate our collective birthday?