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Dept. of Happy Birthday America

A Beautiful, Messy, Disastrous Victory of a Country

There are faults and dangers. They're real, and they have to be tackled, and acknowledged, and we have to struggle to fix them, and we might fuck up badly. Lord knows, we've done that before. There are Americans who are still oppressed, marginalized, passed over, and wronged. And none of us will have full freedom until we change that.

I hope to god we do that; I hope we stand up to the greed-headed selfish bastards - either the ones around us or the ones inside us - and transform their hearts,  our hearts, and make this country better.

Because America is something amazing on this earth, one that stumbles and lurches, falls, gets up and struggles forward again,  toward freedom and democracy. This country holds within its Constitution, within its traditions, within its millions of souls, the promise of so much good ...

I promise to do my best. I promise to help this place, this America - my second home, the place that holds so much of my heart - become as magnificent as it can be.

Happy Birthday, America.

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Jul. 5th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
This is beautiful...simply beautiful. Thank you, honey - and Happy Independence Day!

Jul. 5th, 2012 03:05 am (UTC)
Thank you.
Jul. 5th, 2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, what a_phoenixdragon wrote. I keep wanting to pull out a particular phrase, but if I start, I'll end up quoting the entire thing.

Thank you for your promise. It's my honor to match it with my own.

In promise, with promise. Happy Birthday, America. May we continue growing, learning, and striving toward freedom and democracy for all.

Edited at 2012-07-05 02:08 pm (UTC)
Jul. 5th, 2012 02:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's a big job, and we all have to do it.
Jul. 6th, 2012 08:17 am (UTC)
Beautifully put. I'm British, but America affects us all. Happy 4th July!
Jul. 6th, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading; I'm Canadian, and still haven't taken up American citizenship (for a long time I resisted, because of an oath one must take, and then, once I decided on it, the financial cost is not inconsiderable) but I love this country dearly. And you are so very right that America affects us all - which makes this country's responsibility to grow well and eschew greed and arrogance even stronger.

And while I think of it, a very belated Happy Birthday to you!
Jul. 8th, 2012 02:31 am (UTC)
When Ho Chi Minh wrote a Declaration of Independence for Viet Nam, he began it, "When in the course of human events . . . "
It doesn't get any better than our best.
And in proportion to our size and diversity, there has never been a more tolerant, harmonious country.
Jul. 13th, 2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
Ho Chi Minh was a complicated and brilliant man, and what he did by incorporating that language in his Declaration of Independence should make Americans think hard, and then feel very honored.

And you are very right; in proportion to our size and diversity ... still way too much room for improvement, but a good place to start.
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