I've completed my chores and have been sitting around contemplating Independence Day.
There was this conversation with some of my colleagues earlier this week about how some of them didn't feel like celebrating the July 4 holiday this year. What with the Supreme Court's decisions this week, the GOP giving President Obama his biggest victory of his second term by passing what some call ObamaTrade, Daesh evil doers still on the rise and even causing concern about a possible terror attack this holiday weekend.
Thinking about the despair that would cause such patriots to even consider not wanting to celebrate the birth of this nation caused me to remember this 2008 article about what's right about America. It has written in response Chris Satullo telling us we shouldn't celebrate the fourth of July that year.
My response to Mr. Satullo was perhaps harsh:
With all due respect to Mr. Satullo, I think he is full of it. I remain proud of America. We remain the greatest force for good on this planet. We stand for freedom, liberty and helping others. It's sad that Mr. Satullo fails to recognize that.
So ignore Mr. Satullo, and his negativism. Put out the flags. Sing patriotic songs. Watch the parade. Watch the fireworks. Celebrate America's birthday. And remember those that make it possible to enjoy our independence.
I still think that is what should be done this Independence Day. As I told my colleagues, celebrate like hell to remind ourselves and others what we might be losing if we don't fight for it.
Don't give up on America.
Don't be one of Spiro Agnew's nattering nabobs of negativism. Celebrate America. Celebrate what you see that is right with America.'