A recent question on social media was posed, "Why is American democracy so deeply flawed?"
It is one of those questions that deserves a quick comeback like, "Why are you so stupid?" I could think of a few more one line responses to this question, but in an effort of being nice, and respectful, I took the time to explain why this question is flawed. If you have read this blog, the Tao of Questy, this post contains themes we rant about often. In this era of post election crying, they are important themes worth repeating.
One of the remarks to the question stated, "Although American citizens have an opportunity to engage in free speech, they choose to spend their time on frivolous activities." So how does reflect as a flaw of democracy? Yes, that is exactly why democracy does not work, because people do not take the time, do not invest the effort to make it work.
From studying history in school I remember names and dates on a timeline. History is more than just memorizing a date. Throughout my life I have visited many historic sites with my family to learn more about the events associated with the famous names and dates.
What do we celebrate on the 4th of July?
What often gets lost in the celebration of the Independence Day holiday is that the battle for Independence was much more that a one day event.
Congress had voted on July 2, 1776 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. It would not be until the Battle of Yorktown in 1781 that it appeared the states would actually gain independence as a free nation under the Articles of Confederation of 1781. The states wound not truly be united until The United States Constitution was ratified in 1788.
What does the Star-Spangled Banner celebrate?
In recent weeks people have been protesting Star-Spangled Banner.
It is time for my annual rant to get people to quit using the phrase 4th of July for just another excuse to drink and eat and draw attention to the reasons for celebrating Independence Day.
I hope this weekend brings you and your family some time together. Maybe for just a few days, all of who say they are happy to be living in the United States of America can reflect on the common issues that bring us together this weekend.
If I have made you feel guilty about using the 4th of July as an excuse to drink and over eat, you still have Cinco de Mayo, that's Spanish for "Fifth of May." Most American's are clueless as to the significance of that day in Mexican history. Since I do not celebrate Mexican history, I do have no need to drink and over eat on Cinco de Mayo, or explain the significance of the 5th of May.
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