Humbug ... July 4thSubmitted by gsneil on Thu, 07/04/2013 - 11:37
The images of Egypt teeming with protesters, fireworks and announcements of "re-do" create an ironic backdrop to our own "Independence Day" celebrations.
Today I awoke thinking that instead of celebrating today, I feel like mourning. Celebration is something a person can do under the knowledge that the reason for celebration is still a true condition; in this case, liberty from tyranny. But this is not a true condition for us anymore.
How is it that Egyptians can rally themselves to topple a government and we just keep watching the tyranny roll over us?
The only reason I feel I can engage with the meaning of this day anymore is to try and use it as a "hope for recovered liberty" but NOT an annual marker of what was gained and maintained all those years ago. Because that gift given to us by our founders has been snatched away, for now -- and has not been maintained.
I hate to be a downer on this day, but it just doesn't feel the same anymore. We are celebrating the ghost of our liberty. Am I the only one thinking this way today?