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    Happy Independence Day

    Have a great holiday. Let the foreign ankle-biters yip and yap. Let the domestic fault-finders exercise their first amendment rights to whinge and wheeze. I think the American project is still worth celebrating with pyrotechnics and unhealthy food.

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    I attended a moving naturalization ceremony this morning. Despite our fractures and failings as a country, 140 people chose to become US citizens today.

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    Had someone say to me today there is no reason today to celebrate this country.

    Then checked and 6 people were killed in 4th of July parade in Chicago. Gun laws are out of whack, corrupt politicians like trump are allowed to defy our laws and try a coup and still not prosecuted. republicans are not watching the hearings because they don't want to hear what is happening. Rights are being rolled back that have been in place for more than 50 years with evidence of more to come.

    Yeah, makes me not want to celebrate either. What American project?.... turn it into an authoritarian regime?

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    Quote Originally Posted by frugal-one View Post
    Had someone say to me today there is no reason today to celebrate this country.

    Then checked and 6 people were killed in 4th of July parade in Chicago. Gun laws are out of whack, corrupt politicians like trump are allowed to defy our laws and try a coup and still not prosecuted. republicans are not watching the hearings because they don't want to hear what is happening. Rights are being rolled back that have been in place for more than 50 years with evidence of more to come.

    Yeah, makes me not want to celebrate either. What American project?.... turn it into an authoritarian regime?
    Yea turn it into a far right-wing undemocratic regime. If this country had a drug of choice, it would be steroids. I don't feel like celebrating either. I mean if one spends time with people during the 3 day weekend, that's no crime, nor is eating with people ... or alone ha (there's a limit to how much unhealthy food I ever eat though, a few moderately unhealthy treats within limits, but eating junk really only hurts you). But regarding it as celebrating this country now, hard pass on that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frugal-one View Post
    Had someone say to me today there is no reason today to celebrate this country.

    Then checked and 6 people were killed in 4th of July parade in Chicago. Gun laws are out of whack, corrupt politicians like trump are allowed to defy our laws and try a coup and still not prosecuted. republicans are not watching the hearings because they don't want to hear what is happening. Rights are being rolled back that have been in place for more than 50 years with evidence of more to come.

    Yeah, makes me not want to celebrate either. What American project?.... turn it into an authoritarian regime?
    The parade shooting happened in Highland Park, IL. Pretty rich, pretty white, large Jewish population, very liberal, suburb of Chicago. Affluent North Shore area. Town actually has their own AWB, which should give you an idea.

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    And yet...so many people from much worse places would love to be here and die trying. I am an optimist but without some really good leadership it will be hard to turn the ship around in so many matters.

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    For myself, I have to say I love this country warts and all. I sort of pity the souls who can only see warts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LDAHL View Post
    For myself, I have to say I love this country warts and all. I sort of pity the souls who can only see warts.

    And I pity those who listen and believe all the lies the past administration (and their current ilk) spew. Pity the sheep.

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    This is from a Facebook post. Someone painted their dried garden alliums red white and blue. Cheap fun! Love it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by LDAHL View Post
    For myself, I have to say I love this country warts and all. I sort of pity the souls who can only see warts.
    I think the parents of the pregnant 10-year-old in Ohio might think warts is putting it a little too mildly. It was challenging this year, but the bottom line is that I do love the country if not all the people in it, especially those who seem inclined to transform us into some sort of Christian theocracy.

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