July 4th is here and it's a good time to think about America.
Let's celebrate our July 4th freedom with a game called, "What Is Going On Right Now in America?"
What freedoms have we gained and lost in this last year?
What has changed in the way we live?
Which changes have we chosen and which have been imposed on us?
Los Angeles seems to be a good reference point on the subject of change in America.
The city of Los Angeles is under massive construction, beginning now with widespread destruction of streets, roads, and freeways.
Although the list of daily road closures can be found on the web, there is no headline announcing that all reasonable ease of movement in the city for all practical purposes has been eliminated.
My guess is that it wouldn't be good for tourism to make this an electric point in public.
This explains the many multi-decked "Hollywood" tour buses offering a double treat for all those craving the city of broken dreams.
For the same money, the wreckage of demolished streets!
Now that's a deal.
Obviously, these city works have been in the works for years, but perhaps behind closed business doors where power brokers plan the city and thus decide for us all exactly what kind of town we live in.
Is America being designed and power-brokered this way, beyond the view of American citizens?
For Los Angeles, this is a time when people are arranging not to leave home beyond when it is strictly necessary.
The point is to avoid the mess, filth, and chaos of road-drilling traffic jams, which is everywhere.