Since I didn’t get any comments when I posted this on Memorial Day in 2003, I thought that I’d try it again.
Linette and I celebrated Memorial Day as the great patriots that we are. We slept through our local parade and then spent the rest of the day drinking Mexican beer (Tecate), eating Indian food (tandoori chicken made by our friend Arun), discussing eastern religion, and bitching about the Bush administration. There wasnt much in the way of flag waving or jingoism. I did see a few kids eating hotdogs, but thats as close as we came to reaching the conservative ideal.
I will deny it if you tell anyone this, but we even talked to a Canadian woman about French cheese… It just doesnt get much worse than that.
To borrow a phrase from MM.com reader Chelsea Lowe, were about as patriotic as a box of kosher salt.
I dont have time to get into it all here, but I find all of this very sad. After all, my ancestors fought in several wars for this country and I’d like to be able to acknowledge and celebrate what they and others have repeatedly done in the name of freedom, justice and democracy. Unfortunately, its hard for me to muster much patriotic spirit these days. I won’t list all the reasons here. If you read this site, you know what they are. I’d just like to be able to feel the same about my country now as my grandfather did when he left high school to sign up to fight in World War II. I want to be proud of this country and I want to believe that we’re serving as an example to the rest of the world as to what mankind is capable of achieving. I want for us to be the city on the hill that people look toward for inspiration. Unfortunately, I dont see that being in our future, at least not in the near term. I see us portraying ourselves instead as a glutinous, self-serving and stupid people.
I dont want to feel this way. It’s just how I feel today.
Sorry to get all serious on you. I promise that Ill get back to Whitney Houston and the ball-shaving tomorrow.
As for Memorial Day, I really thought that I’d feel differently once the neocons were driven from the White House. Unfortunately, I don’t know that a whole lot has changed… Yes, I know that Obama has done a lot since being elected, but it’s hard for me to get around the fact that he just reauthorized the Patriot Act.
Speaking of the Patriot Act extension, it didn’t do any good, but Dennis Kucinich spoke out about it in the House. [And that, my friends, is how a Congressman goes about getting his district eliminated.] For what it’s worth, Rand Paul also tried to derail it in the Senate, to no avail. It passed 72-23 in late night voting.
Oh, you should also know that both Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow voted in favor of the Patriot Act extension.