A 4th of July, A 3rd of The People

We took the kids to downtown Los Gatos today for the 4th of July celebration. The last time we went was 2004, and the event was far more vibrant and with far more attendees. The gathering today had all the excitement and enthusiasm of a bathroom break between shuffleboard games at a convalescent home. Come to think of it, about 2/3 of the people there would have fit into that scenario quite naturally.

Perhaps it was the heat that peaked at 94 degrees. Perhaps it was that we got their too early. Or perhaps it was the complete and utter distain the majority of the community has with the current president and administration, combined with an embarassment at things that have been done in the name of the United States without majority support, that instilled an apprehension to “strike up the band” and wave old glory.

I suspect a mixture of all three.

Do I believe our system is highly flawed, that our government is driven by special interests and greed, the our leadership is the worst we’ve had during my lifetime, and that we blindly accept more inequity then was cause for our revolution in 1776?

Most certainly.

Yet do I appreciate that I have the freedom to say this, to express my opinion, to exercise my freewill and to rouse the rabble without fear of severe retribution from a governing body?

Most certainly.

Independence. Although I’ve never been a patriotic person, it seems worth celebrating to me. I’ve never viewed the day as one tied to the government or administration of the time, but as a remembrance of a break from tyranny, and the principles of justice and freedom that were the basis of a new nation. Come to think of it, nothing about my view of being grateful to be living in the US changed in the last 10-20 years. Just my views of the leadership. And that’ll change soon too.

Meanwhile, being far from a flag waver, it seemed sad that there was such a small turn out today. The flag’s still the same one that there was a shortage of during the latter part of September 2001. As are the principle’s it’s intended to represent.

Ideological? Perhaps. But is that necessarily a bad thing?


Written by gsm

07/04/2007 at 10:09 pm

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  1. Sorry to hear the downtown celebration was so weak. That is a disappointment especially for the parents who are expecting a grand show for their kids. As for your reasons I think all are applicable and the point about the present administration and people feelings about the U.S. in general is probably right on. Several years ago everybody was waving this flags and all hyped up about the U.S. Now they are tired and disinterested as the war and political fighting drones on. It’s definitely a sad state of affairs.


    07/05/2007 at 1:00 pm

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