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Fourth of July. Independence Day in America. A day when flags are flown, families gather for picnics, parades, and companionship, and the day is ended with incredible fireworks displays. The Fourth of July is when we celebrate all that is good about America.
Capitalism is a wonderful thing. Anyone with an idea and ambition can create a company, create and patent a product, or just plain invest, and raise themselves to a life of comfort and ease. Or they can play the lottery and win.
America has set aside National Parks for the preservation of natural wonders, designated Wilderness areas to preserve habitats and wildlife, and created a system of national forests, and designates national recreation areas. The American public has access to each of these areas for hiking, camping, and recreating.
In urban areas, where people live in apartments, condos or townhouses, public transportation takes people from place to place. In suburban America, most of us own individual homes. We each drive our own vehicle. The more rural the area of America, the more self-dependent the inhabitants.
Oh, America has its flaws. As with any country, its history is fraught with embarrassing growing pains. What we want to forget should be put into a museum.
Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santyana, The Life of Reason: The Phases of Human Progress (1905-1906).
I want to display the American flag this Fourth of July, but I need to put hooks on my house to hold it. I have a 3 foot by 5 foot flag which flew over Washington, DC. Many, many years ago, my father was Management Assistant (2nd in command) at Glacier National Park. A Senator from another state wanted to camp in the back country of Glacier. My father arranged the horses and mules and itinerary. When the Senator showed up, he had brought his black Labrador Retriever with him, thinking the dog would enjoy a wilderness adventure. Of course, my father explained that dogs made great bear bait, and refused to let the dog attend. So, I babysat the dog for the week. (He was, as every Lab is, a wonderful dog.). When the Senator and his dog returned to Washington, the Senator sent me a flag as a thank you gift.
I will display my flag, not as allegiance to any one person or party, but as a tribute to the great nation America is.