July 4

July 4: The Lonely Road of Reconciliation 

July 4 can be a good time for reflection, and it seems that every year, we have had something to say for the holiday, such as: religion, real and fake; an explanation of why sexual freedom is the bedrock of all freedoms; and, a 7-minute video montage of street interviews asking, "What Does Sexual Freedom Mean To You?" Last year, though, I took a different approach, tied in with my life-long search for answers to the cratering of modern civilization that we are witnessing today. While I believe that America may be the world’s best hope for universal human rights ...

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More Thoughts on July 4 (Part 2 of 2)

by Kevin Bond Flickr/creative commons

Yesterday, Allen Clifton published, You Can't Be Republican and a Patriot, very well enunciating many of the things I have tackled in my month-long series on the dangers of the religious right, including my post earlier today, especially for July 4. It is worth a full read. Republicans think they’re the real “patriots,” but they’re really not. Clifton is not talking about GOP voters because conservatives, the religious right, consider these people as RINOs (Republicans In Name Only). He asks how "Republicans (especially tea party Republicans) consider themselves patriots?" They have a general disdain for every liberal in the country. ...

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Thoughts on July 4 (Part 1 of 2)

by Benjamin Lehman Flickr/creative commons

Independence Day has always been a mixture of emotions for me. While I believe that America may be the world's best hope for universal human rights and peace, its antecedent history is permanently marred, always with an asterisk, because of the geneocide that wiped out 90% of First Peoples and an economy based on slavery, the repercussions of which are damning us to this day. When I was young, I coped with this dissonance by focusing on individual independence: that it should be a day when we each reflect our own liberation from ideas that restrain and diminish our own selves. ...

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