Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Up in Smoke
The family and I followed tradition and went and watched fireworks tonight. It is always fun to be together, and we really enjoy it. But I have to admit that I came away feeling a bit melancholy tonight. Perhaps it is that it made me nostalgic, or early Alzheimer's is setting in.
It seems that the America of my youth has been replaced by a turf war. People don't seem to come together and define themselves as Americans anymore. Instead, people angrily proclaim their status as Liberal, or Conservative, Independent, Democrat, Republican, etc. And it is loud. So very loud. The distinctive views have become so vitriolic and loud that the thing Americans are supposed to be has been cast by the wayside: United. Tolerance is talked about in theory, but in practice it is rare.
It seems the only time I have seen the unity of our great Nation in recent years was in the aftermath of 9-11. How sad that it takes such a tragedy for everyone to put their labels away for even a week and recognize the unity that we are supposed to have.
As you know, I don't get political on this blog, but I will get apolitical enough to say that I am fatigued by what our country has become, and I miss those days when people would stand together, hats off, with hands over their hearts, and sing the "Star Spangled Banner" like they meant it. Because they meant it.
I'm afraid those days are gone - victimized by the new casualness and irreverence. I doubt they will be back.
But as for me and my house, we will honor this great Nation. God bless America. Really. Please.