Monday, July 4, 2011
Am I The Only One Who Has Watched Star Trek?
Playing around with the image of my country's flag is okay with everybody. Our constitution guarantees my right to play with Old Glory. I don't approve of the fact that some Americans have sewed the image to the seat of their pants or have burned the flag in protest over some political issue, but I heartily support their right to make their statement. We owe our rights to fuss around with images of the flag and to mistreat it to the folks of the original thirteen colonies who dumped the tea into Boston Harbor,(1773), ignited the American Revolution by firing the shot heard around the world in Lexington, Virginia, (1775), and who declared this country's independence from British rule on the fourth of July, 1776 with these words we hold most dear:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Today, we fly our flags high and salute those thirteen colonies of rebels--Delaware, Pennsylvania,New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island. We also tip our hats with gratitude to the French, the Spanish and the Dutch who gave us a hand with our struggle and eventually went to battle with our enemy themselves wearing their armies thin enough to allow us to defeat them and sign the Treaty of Paris 1783 on September third.
Since then, the Earth has become a tiny place where any shots fired anywhere are heard around the planet in nano seconds and published in full color on You Tube. It's a small world after all and we know it, but then we don't. Am I the only one who watched Star Trek? Am I the only one who got that a Federation of Planets couldn't happen before there was a Federation of Nations--which should have been kicked off in 1996 by a movie called Independence Day? HAPPY TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY FIFTH BIRTHDAY US of A. We've come a long way. We've got a long way to go earthlings.
NOTE: To read the entire text of Our Declaration of Independence and discover specifically why we declared it on this day in 1776 go to: Early America.