Independence Day gave me independence from life for a few days, which was nice. I spent time, writing, reading, and clicking links on the YouTube. One link led to a bit by the great George Carlin. He noted that America’s founding is a bit of an oxymoron. We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal. Of course, all men literally meant only men — not women, not slaves.
I myself had often opined that Thomas Jefferson was my favorite slave-owner, acknowledging that he was brilliant, but it’s also ludicrous as the Declaration of Independence didn’t apply to everyone. Twas a sign o’ the times, you know, and I get that (as I’m sure Mr. Carlin did). Thankfully, we’ve made great strides as history continues to unfold and evolve. I couldn’t help but think this year, though, that sometimes we take steps forward, and sometimes we take steps back.
This July 4th, I listened to patriotic songs, ate hot dogs and beans, and sang Happy Birthday to America. I waved a flag (it was American!) and appreciated the idea of the greatest democratic experiment in the history of the world (except, you know, for other democracies that came before ours, but I quibble).
I found myself chuckling — it seems so appropriate (and unfortunately so American) that the country founded via oxymoron is currently led by an actual moron.
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(Politics aside, he really doesn’t seem too bright.)
God bless America (seriously, we need all the help we can get).