Hope everyone Stateside is having a splendid Fourth of July holiday, cooking burgers on the grill; donning their finest red, white, and blue duds; shooting fireworks despite it being illegal and, say, a drought in the area; and cranking up some good, patriotic tunes by Lee Greenwood and/or Toby Keith*.
Because, really, nothing says “I love my country with a reasoned love: one that sees the shortcomings of America, but knows they are outnumbered by her virtues, and that holds firm to the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” like jingoistic pablum set to crap music.
Am I right, or am I right?
Speaking of crap music, here is the (almost) annual reposting of that celebratory masterpiece, written by yours truly and former WWRanter Tom: Patriot Act Woo.
Have a great Fourth, if that’s even possible after hearing that song.
Update: Hey, look, something worse than listening to Patriot Act Woo – why we should be progressive and hate being American on July 4th. My friend Angie, quite a liberal a lot of the time, responds:
Read the whole article and then shake your head no. Not gonna work for me. I may be left leaning, may be an atheist, but no. Still not working for me. Some people on the left, just like many on the right, are just too extreme for me to take seriously. I’m actually proud to be an American. Even at those times when bush fucks up and makes me cringe, I still am an American. Even tho I know I plan on living abroad one day, I know it will just be for the experience and I’ll be coming back home. So no. This doesn’t work for me at all.
Can I get an “Amen?”
* Oh my god, what if they did a… duet? How heavenly and sublime it would be!