Restrained Independence

I knew Kat Myrman would come up with something highly appropriate for the 4th of July. I am posting this late but the ideas are, unfortunately, of continuing relevance.

Looking first at Kat’s commentary following the poem, I have a slightly different feeling of pride in the USA. The more I read from many commentators makes me fear that I might be proud of a country I once knew. I have lived outside the US for the past twenty-five years. But then I take heart.

Russian meddling in elections or not, the US voting electorate made a mistake. Non-voters made a mistake by not voting (I am in this group). I have faith in a belief that states we can make mistakes but can also survive and correct. We (the US) are a nation that elected Nixon despite warnings from Eisenhower. I served in the US Army in Europe during the Carter years. That was a time of derisive comments about US policy ineffectiveness and peanuts. Not a good time.