Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy Fourth of July from the staff here at Dave's Long Box!

It's July 4th, 2007 - Independence Day, America's Birthday, the day our forefathers gave The Finger to the British monarchy. It's the day when Americans of all walks of life drink beer, barbeque, and set off a shitload of fireworks. And before the day is over, some poor dogs will have their heads blown off chasing fireworks. Sorry to throw that in there, but it's true.

The U.S.A. is a complex, multi-faceted society full of glorious and confounding contradictions. It's too easy to smear America as the global bully or romanticize America as the beacon of hope. We're both of those at the same time. America is the City on the Hill and Abu Ghiraib. We're the liberators of Europe and the ravagers of Hiroshima. We brought the world the telephone and the Internet, but also the atomic bomb and trash culture. We are the land of opportunity and the great Melting Pot of immigrants around the world, but we are the land of small pox blankets and slavery. We are humanitarians and invaders, scientists and pornographers, philosophers and fools.

The Twenty-First Century is a challenging time for the United States (and everybody else in the world) to say the least. The Fourth of July always finds me a little contemplative of what it means to be an American, this year more so than usual. I really do love my country and what it has traditionally stood for - equality, justice, liberty - but I'd have to be an idiot not to recognize when my country has fallen short of these ideals. Above all this remains the land of possibility and hope, and that's what many of us cling to: the possibility of change and the hope for a better tommorrow.

For everybody.

Wow, sappy. OK, you can turn off the Copeland music now.

How about a collection of the most patriotic posts from Dave's Long Box? Why not?
I'm out. To all my American friends, have a safe and happy Fourth, and keep those dogs away from the M-80s!


Salo said...

Sorry to contradict, but automobile is a German invention. That's where the patent was filed.

David Campbell said...

My bad, I'll change that. Americans think we invented everything. ;)

Anonymous said...

Hey Dave, glad to see you posting again.

I was surprised to see this awesome post off your list:

I thought it was a shoo-in.

Jayunderscorezero said...

"Americans think we invented everything."

That's nothing. You should hear my German housemate. According to him, absolutely everything ever comes from Germany in some way, shape or form. We've already mentioned the car, but what about Hollywood? Surely, you'd think the fact that Hollywood is IN AMERICA would cause my German friend to stop and reconsider labelling that one as a German creation, but no. Apparently, the modern American movie industry was all started by a German guy. Who knew?

Also, during your opening good thing/bad thing juxtaposition, I totally thought you put "the telephone and the internet" in there as a juxtaposing pair, putting the internet up their with Hiroshima on the tragedy scale. Whoops.

SRH said...

Huzzah and kudos.

Arkonbey said...

nice post; I feel the same way.

slightly unrelated: didn't Jack Nicholson's character do something when drinking hard liquor? Didn't he say something like "ahhhhh! Indians!"

Either that or I was baked the last time I saw Easy Rider.

Phillip said...

Getting your head blown off on the fourth of July: It's not just for dogs anymore! (warning- link goes to a rather tragic news story)

Anonymous said...

I hope you had a great Fourth, Dave!