I’ve been reading some very dark blog posts about our Independence Day in the age of Trump. The Muslim Ban is back, the Republicans are gonna take away healthcare from tens of millions of Americans, Kris (K?) Kobach is ginning up a national voter suppression machine, and so on. And if that doesn’t kill us, the Koreans will.
Dark times indeed, let’s put on some of The Smiths’ greatest hits, and find an abyss in which to jump.
I’m writing today to encourage you: don’t give up on America just because we have a mango-hued shitgibbon in the White house. For Dawg’s Sake, light up the grill and pop a cold one if you got one. Watch the fireworks, sing the National Anthem, have some strawberry shortcakes with blueberries. Have some fun.
Don’t let Preznint Stupid take our patriotism away from us.
America is far bigger than The Russian Usurper. That’s why he lost the popular vote. By a YUGE number of votes. Wasn’t even close.
So when your Facebook Rage Uncle shows up at your barbecue telling you he is a patriot, agree with him and tell him you are, too. When he tells you that patriotism means respecting the president, you can remind him of the Obama years. You both can agree to respect the office and not the person. That’s American and that’s patriotic.
When he dons his MAGA cap, don’t tell him that America was never great, it plays right into his hands: America-hating liberals.
People are drawn to positive messages more than to negative ones even when the negative is backed up by the facts, in a 172-slide Powerpoint deck, spoken down to us earnestly by a well-educated, elite coastal person wearing horn rimmed glasses.
Some say that being positive is why The Russian Usurper won: MAGA is a simplistic, superficially positive message, even if the shitgibbon’s actual policies are the Grand Guignol of governing.
We’ve let cynical, craven opportunists like Noot and his ilk steal the word and concept of Patriotism away from us. If we say we are not proud of America, then we are letting THEM define what our country is. America is NOT them, America is us.
(I repeat myself: the shitgibbon bigly lost the popular vote by many, many millions of votes. Sad!)
So fly the flag today and do not burn it, and tell your Facebook Rage Uncle about why we liberals care so much about America. The promise of America is not done/finished/kaput, sometime in the past. The promise of America is always now, and it is always in the future: we make America great. We always have, we always will.
You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else. –Winston Churchill
Sure, there have been belches and hiccups along the way, and the detours are many, but we always are moving towards the promise of the Declaration of Independence: all people are “created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
So light the fireworks, lead the songs, put on Top Gun, and you show them that we are all as American as the apple pie you serve. This is a corny holiday, wallow in it. It’s the American thing to do.