Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket! A Happy 4th of July!, to you and yours, from the shores of Osterville this very early 4:49 a.m., as the nation takes the day to recognize another birthday for our blessed nation, a nation that has been around for 237 years now. Not a tremendous amount of “time” ’tis true, however, if one took that “time” to review this country’s amazing victories, such as our collective effort to end slavery in the mid 19th century, our overcoming a devastating depression in the 20th century, along with our involvement in a second world war, WW II, where our participation made the difference in ridding the world of a brutal, fascist, genocidal maniac, one would inevitably come to the conclusion that we are a great and compassionate country, and still, perhaps, the greatest country on the face of planet earth. In that same century, we witnessed the birth of the ‘middle class’ via the strong manufacturing sectors, broad based, that brought stability and growth unparalleled in our country’s history. During the middle of it, we hit a road bump, pushing our nation into a war that we could not seem to get out of, Vietnam, that, coupled with the assassinations of JFK, RFK and MLK, decidedly marked the beginning of the very wide gap between the two party system in the United States of America–those who believed in progress, such as CIVIL RIGHTS, woman’s rights, gay rights, etcetera, and those who championed a more conservative approach to our nation’s troubles and disagreements, disagreements that led to significant unrest and violence in every city and town, it seemed, during the 1960’s, dogging this great nation and making the landscape ugly with hate. Yes, WE are a young country, that sometimes seems a bit schizophrenic, for if our politicians truly believe the words of our Founders, if they truly comprehend them moreover, this country may still have a rosier picture than we have today–a nation that is lacking of leaders such as James Madison, or John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson or John Adams, MEN who put their lives on the line in signing the Declaration of Independence in 1776, for these men were not dealing with a cranky old ’speaker of the house’, nor a camera shy billionaire plutocrat. No, these men were dealing with a savage King, George the third, of England, who would have hung the entire lot of them, with no questions asked, should they have failed in creating this union of ideas and people, of different religions and back grounds, making it more perfect by creating a document called the Constitution of the United States of America, a road map if you please, or a blue print that shows us the house and it’s architectural structure, per the chief Constitutional architect, James Madison, who was not so interested in the color of the curtains (policy) as he was in making sure the foundation was sound and secure, yes, by making it pliable and open for interpretation, it offered the opportunity for future generations to amend it as they deemed fit. Those amendments, of course, pulled us out of the dark ages of racism and bigotry in any form, bringing us closer to that perfect union of people, ideas and plans for our future and our children’s futures, and our great grand children’s futures… We have, to use a tired old phrase, ‘come a long way baby’, and even though we have so many differences of opinion on how to truly go forward as a people and as a nation, we should stop on this day in particular and give thanks to the men who made it all possible, putting their lives on the line only 237 years past, handing US the freedoms that we all enjoy today, as WE have fought and struggled, collectively, to make sure that those same freedoms are enjoyed by all tomorrow and beyond. Have a wonderful 4th of July everybody and GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M
July 4, 2011
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