Cynical Synapse

Wed, 04 Jul 2007

Beyond a Day Off Work and Fireworks…

Filed under: holidays, Patriotism — cynicalsynapse @ 1:24 pm

Fourth of July, more than any other holiday, capsulizes the American spirit. It is intended to honor the nation’s founding and there are certainly celebratory events like parades and speeches. And there are the picnics and fireworks while some folks celebrate the holiday taking advantage of all the various Independence Day sales.

Now, when it comes to listing the nation’s top patriots, Alice Cooper might not be one of the first names that comes to mind. I gotta tell you, though, “I Love America” captures what being an American is today, even nearly a quarter century after Alice released it on the Da-Da album in 1983. Reading the lyrics alone doesn’t quite do the song justice, so check out the Hype Machine to listen to it or buy it.

On the Fourth in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was still a secret document. Not everyone agreed with the whole idea of the revolution (heck, one of the 13 original delegations in the Continental Congress abstained). The militia had been fighting British regulars since April the year before; the war would not end for another 8 years—September 3, 1783.

The USA wasn’t perfect then and it’s not perfect now. You may not agree with everything your elected officials decide on your behalf, but you’ve got a say in the nation’s affairs. So, the spirit of the Founding Fathers and the dedication, commitment, and patriotism of the brave revolutionaries in the 13 colonies remains vibrant and alive today. In case you’ve got any doubts about that, consider just one example of the spirit of America in action. That’s what this holiday is all about.

1 Comment

  1. Thank you for commenting on my post. Well-said on your part as well.

    Comment by Leen's Scenes — Wed, 04 Jul 2007 @ 7:12 pm

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