Happy Independence Day, everyone. I don't have much to say, but merely offer this clip as a token display of patriotism, if patriotism tinged by the same familiar horror that afflicted John Adams some 235 years ago
And from a different Adams soliloquy:
The croakers all say we'll rue the day
There'll be hell to pay in fiery purgatory
Through all the gloom, through all the gloom
I see the rays of ravishing light and glory!
Is anybody there? Does anybody care?
Does anybody see what I see?
I see fireworks! I see the pagaent and
Pomp and parade
I hear the bells ringing out
I hear the cannons roar
I see Americans - all Americans
Free forever more
This Fourth of July we should remember that there was a time in our country's history when we knew how to overcome the forces that bade us be less ambitious. Yes, I'm being partisan as fuck on the Fourth, but only because it has suddenly become partisan to say that rather than sit around talking about how America ought to be building more, innovating more and discovering more, we should actually be doing the things that we know we need to do to bring about that reality. Here's a hint: bankrupting Planet Earth isn't going to help.
More about that later. For now, let's eat tasty food (more on that later as well), get drunk (ditto) and watch some shit blow up.