July 4th? Just Another Day …

Once upon a time, in the ‘Land of milk and honey’, Independence Day, celebrated on the 4th of July each year across the United States, meant something.  It was a time of remembrance, a time when the independent spirit of the founders of this nation rose up and declared that this would be a nation in and of itself, that we would fight for the right to make our own laws and to form a nation based on humanitarian values.

That was then, and this is now.  Today, the United States has become a greedy, war-mongering nation rent by political differences, fueled by greed and lust for power.  Add to that, a government so corrupt that it enables a power-hungry dictator to shred the Constitution that has been the fabric of our nation for 232 years and has meekly handed over the keys to the castle in exchange for empty promises of great riches.

This nation once opened its doors to the “tired and poor” from other nations who sought asylum from evil dictatorships … today, we are the evil dictatorship.

The men and women who sought to make this a respectable and worthy nation would no doubt be horrified by what this country has become, as are many of us still living today.  It would be rather like seeing your child, a child who once had so much potential, fall victim to drugs and alcohol and throw away his opportunities.  This is exactly what has happened in the U.S.

Those who valued wealth over humanitarian causes, have given us a cruel and malevolent dictator who, by all appearances, plans to continue on the path to completely destroying all that was once good about this country, and we seem helpless to stop the madness.  Point in case … Trump’s plans for tomorrow.

Trump-circus

A circus by any other name … (notice the ‘crowd’ in the viewing stands)

The Fourth of July in Washington D.C. was once a fun family affair, with picnics, music, festivities, and at the end of the day, fireworks.  This year, all fun festivities have been cancelled in favour of a political rally by a madman whose already-bloated ego requires that the entire nation bow down and pay fealty to him.  He has turned the marking of a historical event into a celebration of … Trump.  Forgive me if I view this in rather the same vein as a celebration of the sinking of the Titanic.

Tomorrow’s events promise to be a disgusting display of hedonistic arrogance on the part of Trump and of some portion of this country at a cost to We the People of somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million, though the cost estimates have not been forthcoming by Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt.  Congress, specifically the Senate Appropriations Committee, requested the cost estimates days ago.  A similar affair was considered for Veteran’s Day in 2018, but was cancelled in the face of cost estimates around $92 million.  What changed?  Why is it all of a sudden alright for Trump to stage this costly “tribute to self”?

The only thing that will, hopefully, put a damper in Trump’s illusion of grandeur is that there are multiple large protests being planned.  The baby Trump blimp that featured prominently in the UK’s “welcoming” of Trump has arrived on our shores and was planning to fly above the Lincoln Memorial all day, but now the government has said that it cannot be filled with helium and must be kept out of Trump’s field of vision.  Other protests are guaranteed, and while Trump will wear blinders to them, they will firmly show that We the People do not favour a display of military hardware and a political campaign speech by he-who-would-be-king.

I cannot find it in my heart to celebrate when children are being held in captivity without adequate food, clothing, or medical care, separated from their parents for literally no just cause.  I cannot find it in my heart to celebrate when we are treating asylum seekers as if they were hardened criminals.  I cannot find it in my heart to celebrate when the nation is in the grips of a madman who is teetering on the brink of taking us into a war that nobody wants, and for no reason whatsoever.  I cannot find it in my heart to celebrate when this nation is so divided that we now judge people by their political party, by the colour of their skin, by their religion or lack thereof.  I cannot find it in my heart to celebrate a nation that is taking away the rights of people … of women, of LGBT people, of Muslims, of Latinos and more.

The fourth of July is just another day … one where the trash will not be picked up and the mail will not be delivered, but still … it’s just like any other day.  There is no longer anything special to celebrate, for what once was, is no longer.

46 thoughts on “July 4th? Just Another Day …

    • Thank you for reading! This nation is no longer one that I recognize, nor one I can claim to love or respect. Greed and arrogance have trumped (pun intended) humanity. My next life, I’m coming back as a wolf! 🐺

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      • Black is an insulating colour. It is particularly useful for grieving silently, hence its use at funerals (instituted by the stiff-upper-lip Victorians). Black does not allow connection energetically. It is the colour of withdrawal. It stops the release of emotions to a wider audience.

        If you look at a funeral in a third world culture, usually all kinds of colours are worn. There is lots of open grieving, there is lots of noise, wailing and comforting arms. There is closure.

        Next time Jill, get out there in your brightest colours and wail at the POTUS. ❤️It will totally confuse him.
        Though, he wears a lot of black too, so perhaps it won’t touch him at all! 🖤
        🤗

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  2. There is so much detail in that cartoon… In addition to the comments about crowd, child locked up,

    Notice the Circus of parade elephants and Russian dancing bears. The strategic gun placement (especially the ‘Yuge’ one), the fact that Trump tank looks like Chairman Mao, but with a Horatio Nelson type hat (reference to Britain?) and the effluence pouring out of the hair/hat ship as it moves along. But, notice too the subtle birds in the air on on the phone next to baby Trump in the stands. Tweet, tweet. There is also the reference to Kim in that baby Trump too… This is such a clever piece, it needs framing.

    I am so sorry that your Independence Day has been turned into Dictator Day… Sad day for America. Best fold up your flag and save its purity from witnessing the fall of Democracy. 😔

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    • Wow Colette! You noticed even more than I did! Yes, it is a work of brilliance … deserves an award! I don’t own a flag, but I actually gave some consideration to buying one just so I could burn it in public! I didn’t, for I’m not big on wasting money, but in retrospect, I wish I had.

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  3. Truth be told, the US was always a “greedy, war-mongering nation rent by political differences, fueled by greed and lust for power”. In actuality we’re the terrorists of the world! A nation doesn’t become the dominant super-power by playing nice. I enjoy a bit of humour along with my politics, this bit sums it up succinctly:

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  4. ThAt piece of art is fabulous. Look at all the fine detail in it. You see maga hats, confederate flags, a child in a cage, sheep in the stands, missiles in the background etc. it’s quite clever.
    Most would miss the details just like in real life where many miss the details of trump and his goal of destruction.

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    • I know! When I stumbled across it, I liked it so I snagged it, but the more I looked at it, the more I realized just how brilliant it is, how much it says! My favourite was the sheeple in the viewing stands!

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  5. I can’t help wishing for extreme thunderstorms and flooding all day and most of the night over the entire east coast tomorrow. Preferably with thousands of deadly lightening bolts all aimed at the orange baboon currently occupying the White House.

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    • I fully agree! All day long I have found myself hoping for torrential downpours in D.C. tomorrow (today, now). We already know he has a fear of getting wet, after last year (or was it earlier this year) when he stayed in his hotel room rather than going to the ceremony to honour WWI veterans, because it was raining and he didn’t want to get his itty bitty hands wet! More likely he was afraid his bad hairpiece would blow off. But I’ve often thought he looks like someone who doesn’t bathe regularly, so perhaps he is a hydrophobe! Sigh. I’m turning into a cruel person, aren’t I? Sigh.

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  6. I hope this isn’t the day the martial music started and stayed.The day when you saw the armed forces in the streets but didn’t see them leave.The Russians still wear jackboots but I think the West has heard enough of those.
    Maybe this is the day that peace will descend and stay until the 2020 success at the polls.
    Cwtch

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    • I hope it isn’t the day the martial music comes to stay either, but there is something niggling at my mind. It just came to me today. Trump planned this same sort of event for Veteran’s Day (October) last year, but when he kept expanding on it, and the cost estimates went up to $92 million, there was such a hue and cry that the idea was tabled. Now, 8 months later, cost estimates are being withheld by the department of the interior who are responsible for this fiasco, but with the addition of Air Force flyovers and tanks being trucked in from Georgia, the cost is almost certain to be even higher than last year’s estimate … I’m thinking $105 million to $120 million. What changed? Why was it not okay last year, but there isn’t even any discussion about it this year? What has changed? Ponder on that one for a bit and let me know your thoughts.

      I’m pretty sure peace today will be out of the question. Actually, I’ve been thinking about this a lot today, and I think this will turn into a fiasco. I do not hope for violence, but I anticipate it. Sigh.

      Cwtch

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      • I think it’s possible the end of the Mueller enquiry was not known and they feared the worst. Now it seems it wasn’t as bad as expected especially as Barr paved the way so Trump can just go ahead. He might even think he’s no chance for 2020 so he might as well please himself now and maybe turn a few heads in his favour.
        Personally I hope the stands at the event will be mainly empty unless he has to bus them in again.
        Cwtch

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        • I hadn’t thought about that, but perhaps you’re right … Trump seems to feel that he has been fully exonerated by, at least, Bill Barr’s version of the results of Mueller’s investigation, so now he feels free to act with impunity. Scary thought, isn’t it? I was reading this morning of all the tricks his people have been doing to ensure that the stands will be full, for they fear his reaction if it is like his inauguration where the numbers were record lows! I’m personally hoping for severe thunderstorms in D.C. … all day and all evening!
          Cwtch

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            • I saw a headline that said he’s claiming something like 3.4 million people, but it showed a picture with only a smattering of people. It will be no different than anything else … his perception will defy reality. Sigh. I hear that most of the military brass were highly offended by his actions, as are most of the thinking people in this country. I also heard, though I haven’t verified, that he made a stupid comment and said that the Army shut down the airports during the Revolutionary War. How bloody stupid can one man be? Again, though, that may have been something someone made up … I haven’t verified it, so I cannot say.
              Cwtch

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      • In addition to davidprosser’s point, I think it’s because with every passing month (week?) he finds more and more than he can do whatever the hell he wants with impunity, in large part thanks to the Fuhrer’s Reichmonster Mitch McConnell. I am not going to be surprised at all if he/they declares the 2020 election illegal for some nutty reason and refuses to surrender the office. By that time, the GOP may have let him rise to Infallible Dear Leader. BTW, they still have not paid D.C. for about $7 million of the inauguration costs. This time they’ll just thumb their nose at it and laugh. Unfortunately he has another year’s full of holidays to abuse yet. He could become the first Oval Office sitter to erect a statue of himself, at D.C.’s expense, too.

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        • You make an excellent point also. He is much like a young child … every time he gets by with something because his staff, Congress and even the Courts are too cowed to stand up to him, it sends him a message that he CAN do almost anything he wants and there will be no accountability, no price to pay no matter how heinous his actions. Mitchie McConnell is indeed about half of the problem. The House democrats have yet to find their footing, and Nancy Pelosi is waiting for that “perfect moment” to initiate an impeachment inquiry. Yes, I remember that $7.5 million that he still owes We the Taxpayers … but don’t hold your breath to ever collect it. He has, throughout his career, shafted construction workers, employees, banks, and others, so it won’t bother him one bit to shaft the very government he works for, the very people who pay his salary (and yes, he does take a salary). Ten years ago, we would have all had a good laugh if somebody had told us we’d have a ‘president’ like this! I’m not laughing anymore. Sigh.

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  7. I am tempted to rant sarcastic, but on the chance it might go over someone’s heads I’ll just say my piece in terms a five year old could understand: LOCK HIM UP! THROW AWAY THE KEY! NO ONE WANTS TO SEE HIS UGLY FACE OR HEAR HIS WHINY VOICE! HE IS A POX ON HUMAN EXISTENCE!

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    • I always like your sarcastic rants, but this one is pretty clear-cut. 😉 Only thing wrong with what you say is that “no one wants to see his ugly face”. Obviously I don’t for I nearly took a swing at my laptop this afternoon when his smug mug was on it. But, there are still those fools in this nation who are enamoured of him and will slobber all over themselves as they watch his facial contortions and those silly movements of his tiny tiny tiny hands. Sigh.

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      • Hugs back, dear one … you’re stronger than me. I don’t see anyone stopping anything he does or says … or his ilk, his cabinet, his relatives … the DEMs look/act like a fish fresh outta water … flapping away! Blue wave 2020? … Russia is there. Will he leave, peaceful transfer? … don’t think so. The country, the kinds are so poisoned … 😢

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        • You’re so right … and everyday he gets more emboldened, thinking that there is nothing he can’t do. I’m disappointed in the House democrats … you phrased it well when you say they are flopping around like a fish out of water. I think this nation is on a dark path that doesn’t have a good ending. I hope I’m wrong. ❤

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          • Optimism Sweetie.The time to look black is when it’s black and there’s a year yet for the Dems to pull themselves together and come out fighting. You mighty even get your first female President. The day of Trump will be over and the time to exact revenge will be there hopefully to encompass, 1 daughter, 2 sons and a son in law and maybe if possible, the Speaker of the Senate who has not done his duty by the electorate as promised. He has forsworn himself. Others must be discouraged from doing the same.
            Cwtch

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            • Thanks for the much-needed reminder. With an attitude like I had last night, I might just as well crawl under my bed for the next 16 months! I think it was the noise that did it, but I’m back in the saddle now, ready to fight to keep us off that black path. At the end of it all, I’m with you … I hope there is retribution for Trump, his family members, and McConnell, as well as some others who have kept sanity far away.
              Cwtch

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          • GM! So do I … but I don’t see a way out. Every day that goes by, DEMs seem to be loosing steam. Russia is around the corner … stealing 2020? Better get ready.

            Watched reruns of parts of the DEMs debate .last night … kinda let down!
            Hugs my friend!! 💐

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            • True, but I think that if we let ourselves feel defeated, then we don’t stand a chance. David has reminded me of this … we have to believe there is a chance to win, lest we stop fighting. Yeah, the debate was a huge disappointment. I didn’t care for the format, didn’t like the way it was done, and the answers seemed canned, lackluster. We need to find a balance, a platform, some unity. Sigh. ❤

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    • Yep … imagine how much good that could do for the homeless around the country, or … for those poor children locked in cages, crying themselves to sleep at night because they are cold, hungry, sick, and miss their mommas? But no … we will spend our life savings feeding the unquenchable hunger of a raving megalomaniac!!! Why??? Because he has declared that it will be so. President or dictator? Bah Humbug.

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  8. I feel the anguish Jill. That cartoon is so appropriate. What happened to this country? I’m still trying to figure it out. He’s lasted almost 30 months. I thought after the day he was inaugurated that there would be no possible way he would last a full year. Yet, here he is. And the Dems dither, throw up their hands, and file lawsuits. Lawsuits? This man is the king of lawsuits. He’s sues, and he gets sued. Over and over. This parade is a mockery…plain and simple. This whole thing is a big joke to him. He’s wrecking our democracy, all in the name of feeding his ridiculous ego. I wouldn’t watch his ‘campaign’ event if you paid me a million bucks. Shame on both political parties for not holding this tyrant accountable.

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    • What happened to this country? I don’t think there is a single, simple answer, but I think at least one element is that we had an African-American president … not just for one term, but for two. I think some of what we see today is pushback against that … the white supremacists, or ‘nationalists’ as they prefer to be called, felt threatened. Another thing is the refugee crisis that was a result of the Arab Spring movement that was partly a result of the effects of climate change. Domino effect, if you will. It isn’t only here, it is all over Europe, too, though I do believe the misogyny and racism and homophobia we have here exceeds that of Europe. So no, there is no easy answer, nor are there any easy solutions, but we better start looking for solutions soon … sigh.

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