July 3, 2012 On Independence Day
Happy Independence Day to all of you men who were created equal! And to all you ladies, Happy Independence Day to your men who were created equal! And to all you ladies without men, go live in Iran!
Yes, I’ve been influenced a wee bit by my women’s history studies. In our graduate program we look at history through the lens of the underrepresented, the class, race and gender that hasn’t made the cut in the telling of our nation’s (or world’s) history. We studied the ideology of American freedom, and sometimes, I now realize, it isn’t quite so freedom-for-all. The original founding fathers’ ideas of Freedom didn’t only exclude women, but it was also exclusive to white, plantation owning men! Our history isn’t quite as democratic. Still, I love America. I adore the utopian ideals of freedom, however problematic in reality. I am beyond patriotic to its capacity of self-criticism and movement towards more acceptance of different people. I teach my son its history and its fight for tolerance as best I can. I eat hotdogs and watch fireworks on July Fourth with great pious devotion and am cognizant of how wonderful it is to live among the children of Lady Liberty and Sir Jesus Christ. Seriously, this is a good country to be in, especially when you reach the age that you qualify for retirement in the sunny parts of it. Can’t wait!
Happy Independence Day to ALL of you! Hugs to the ladies who hold up this country by continuing its great wig tradition as brought down to us by the Founding Folks z”l!!
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