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Happy fourth, everybody!
Some time in these last 240+ years we’ve forgotten what Independence Day is all about. Not all of us, I know there are many who still remember. Like all of our troops, may I salute them now.
July 4th is not about fireworks. And I know in this country we live in today, it’s hard to think about actually having independence, considering how terrible our government is. Well, if you’re one of those people who thinks that way, like I do. In all reality, they are our overlords and we are their puppets.
We should be excited to be independent, regardless, because we do have it much better in this country than they do in a lot of other places.
I’m not one for fireworks, though. I used to be, but the older I got, the less into them I was. Once you’ve seen fireworks, you’ve seen fireworks.
Locally we have an amusement park called King’s Island. Every night at closing time they shoot off fireworks. On the 4th they have an extra good show, but the regular shows are still pretty good, and about 10 minutes long. My wife used to work next door to there at a hotel, and some nights I’d drop her off for work and then sit in the parking lot and watch the fireworks. That summer I must’ve seen 100 firework shows. They were all cool, but seriously, they were just fireworks. After a while they were nothing special.
For the last 20 years that I’ve lived in this house, the neighbors behind me have had firework shows every year on the 4th, yet they typically shoot them off starting on the first and ending on the sixth or seventh. By the time the 4th comes, I’m already sick of them.
And how have we been lied to all of these years? Well, we left England because of taxation, and we started a country and taxed the hell out of the people. We’ve literally been hypocrites since the birth of this country. No matter the reason for the taxes, which are necessary to a point, the basic fact of it is, hypocrisy.
Even Hollywood has helped! A newer tradition of the 4th is to watch the blockbuster movie Independence Day starring Will Smith. What a great movie. And every year people celebrate Will Smith for saving us from aliens.
The thing is, he didn’t save us from the aliens. This crazy bastard did.
Yeah, Randy flew his jet straight up into the asshole of the mother ship and destroyed it, which brought down the force fields of all the little Honda Fit ships and allowing the rest of the world to bring them all down once and for all. And sure, Will Smith was one of those guys, but so were thousands of others all over Earth.
Once again, 4th of July lies.
I’m not very patriotic. I love America, I was born here and I’ll probably die here. But the older I get the more bullshit I see and the less I like living here. Unfortunately, bullshit happens all over the world, and one of these days we’re all going to blow ourselves up and there will be nothing left for any of us.
So says my anxiety and paranoia. It’s real, folks. Chalk this all up as you wish to whatever you wish. But if I’m right (believe me, I hope I’m wrong), I promise not to say I told you so. It’s because of this that I’m not very “YAY INDEPENDENCE DAY!” The only thing I really celebrated today was being able to drive around and not dealing with traffic.