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America the Beautiful: Taking stock of the state of the Republic on Independence Day.

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'Versions of American contradictions have persisted for a very long time, but they seem particularly acute on this national birthday.The question to Americans, as ever, is whether they can summon the spirit to address them. So far, eventually, they’ve found a way. It seems odd that a country so prosperous, so powerful and so free would at the same time be so anxious and angry, so riven by factionalism. It’s even more puzzling, and not unrelated, that this same country, with such resources to draw upon, would nevertheless tolerate such high levels of poverty & homelessness, of addiction to pharmaceutical drugs, of inequality in wealth and application of justice and quality of education. One telling contradiction  of who we are: an alarming number of the men and women who patrol the nation’s international frontier, guffawed over anti-immigrant, misogynistic and racist filth on Facebook.'

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We have been a beacon to the world, a model of what is possible... and I believe that this aberration will not last because it is not who we are.

The election of this ignorant, selfish, malignant person needs to be remembered. We can do better... and by the way some humor to the point about this holiday. Wishing for a Tank-Free Fourth by Gail Collins:

"Don't obsess about Donald Trump! It's true he thought watching a bunch of tanks roll through D.C., would be a great way of celebrating our national character. (Some people might think of this as a metaphor for the whole Trump administration.)

"Feel free. It's Independence Day. This is a moment when we're meant to think about our founding fathers, and it's good to remember the warts along with the heroics. We celebrate Thomas Jefferson as the author of the Declaration of Independence, who risked everything to throw off the yoke of British tyranny. But he was also a rich kid who inherited a fortune from his father and then lost most of it due to business ineptitude."

Submitted on Thursday, Jul 4, 2019 at 4:42:48 PM

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