“Our country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my father’s died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountain side, let freedom ring…” The wind tattered flag that sits atop a high sand dune in Chatham says it all. The struggles that this country has gone through, starting with the fight against tyranny from our “overlord”, moving swiftly through the tragedy of the Civil War, to the first World War, to the Great Depression, to World War II, to civil rights unrest, to the energy crisis of the 70’s, to the savings and loan debacle of the 80’s, the increasing polarization of political interests of the 90’s, to the internet revolution of the 00’s, and finally to a breakdown in social values, namely the impersonal relationship that the people of this country have with the corporate milieu and subsequent takeover of the average man’s wallet by the health care and banking industries that have effectively created an oligarchy that keeps the typical citizen struggling to buy an illusion of happiness. How have we come from the high choir of the afore mentioned song to this? Perhaps the question is not whether or not our compass is off, but the fact that so many Americans have been duped into believing the mouth pieces of television and other outlets, stating with arrogance, that their compass has some other kind of magnetic pull. The American people are the finest human beings on the planet, giving of themselves to the point of fault, and it is high time we start taking stock in that! Have a nice Thursday! Peace, M
September 24, 2009
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