I originally sat down to the computer a couple of days ago and wondered how in the world I could wish everyone a wonderful 4th of July with all of the insanity going on around us. With anarchists, anti-government, anti-American and just plain haters attacking everything our country stands for. They vilify the folks in law enforcement for trying to maintain order and complain about building walls to protect our country. In the meantime, they set up there ‘sanctuaries’ inside our major cities and immediately construct barriers (aka walls) and create there own group of ‘enforcers’ (aka law enforcement) to assure everyone stays in line according to ‘their’ rules. Did I miss something?
The mayors and governors of some of the states (Minnesota included) allow the ‘wildlings’ to riot (NOT simply protest), burn and destroy. Police precinct offices are abandoned apparently to avoid offending the thugs. We’re threatened with fines if we violate the mask or social distancing rules UNLESS of course we’re involved in rioting or looting, then anything and everything’s allowed apparently.
The wildlings are allowed to tear down statues of the folks we assumed were instrumental in building this nation. Were some of them flawed? No doubt. Do we judge our fellow man by a single action or the sum of their deeds? Have we considered some of the socially acceptable actions we perform today might at some future time be looked upon as horrific acts? There was a point in time when frontal lobotomies were an acceptable but treatment of last resort. Women weren’t allowed to vote. We saw the error of the time and moved forward. To think we can change the past by tearing down statues and burning the history books is fantasy. If we start tearing down every symbol of our history because there is something we find unacceptable by today’s standards, we’re going to be living among piles of stone and marble rubble. Give me a heroic figure and I can guarantee I can find some sort of fault. We should reread history and learn from it.
Then we’re attacked by the Coronavirus which sickens and kills thousands resulting in bringing our explosive economic growth to a grinding halt. Sadly, the supposedly brightest and best we’ve (or somebody) elected to protect our best interests seem to have lost all contact with reality reacting to everything by surrendering. They react to the daily changes in ‘statistics’ by shutting things down or making insane rulings. We couldn’t go to state campgrounds out of fear that people wouldn’t social distance around the campfire? We could go to WalMart and mingle with the masses but they shut down the local gift shop? And the list goes on.
After some thought and reflection, I’ve slowly come to realize these past 4 or 5 months are exactly why we should have a happy 4th of July this year. It’s time to take a break from all of the disappointing, bad news and celebrate who we are as a country.
Having been born in the late 1940’s. I remember the race riots of the 60’s and the Kennedy assassination. I was a college student and saw the Viet Nam protests up close and personal. We had the Students for a Democratic Society, the Black Panthers, The Symbionese Liberation Army, Weather Underground and of course Charles Manson creating all kinds of havoc. Not really so dissimilar to what were seeing today (thankfully, sans a Manson figure). Different factions sometimes playing off from each others movements. The 60’s was a decade that could have literally destroyed this country. But we survived and I think came out the other side a better country. Without a doubt, we can and will do it again. We just need to pay attention and get involved.
I think we have that opportunity to once again re-evaluate who we are as a nation and where we want to go. Is it necessary to tear everything down and try to create a new order or reinvent ourselves? I don’t think so. How about we make an effort to build closer ties and better relationships. It can be as simple as paying for a cops lunch. Telling them thanks for protecting our communities. Letting our politicians know how we feel about current issues. Talking to our neighbors about what’s going on in the world without arguing about it.
We live in an incredible country with opportunities for everyone that are unbelievable. If you know of a better one, what are you doing here?? Anyone that says they just don’t have a chance hasn’t tried hard enough. The political turmoil we’re going through today has happened before in different but similar circumstances. We will come out of this on the other side just fine. But it’s going to take some effort on all of our parts.
So take heart, the sun will come up in the East again tomorrow. And when it does, gather friends and family around (at a safe distance of course!) and enjoy the 4th of July. Remember, we’ll never have another one like this one!