No Way to Celebrate Our Democracy

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Our July 4th celebration is approaching. Our Independence Day. Celebrating freedom and democracy. This year, our July 4th celebration takes on a new meaning and new image. For on this day of celebration, our nation’s heartbeat continues to flutter and to tremble.

NO WAY TO CELEBRATE OUR DEMOCRACY

By Al Garcia

Our July 4th celebration is approaching.  Our Independence Day.  Celebrating freedom and democracy.  This year, our July 4th celebration takes on a new meaning and new image.  For on this day of celebration, our nation’s heartbeat continues to flutter and to tremble. 

Instead of parades with marching high school bands, and girls twirling batons, red, white and blue balloons, hotdogs and fireworks, many Americans want to see tanks and planes and soldiers, parade in front of the Lincoln Memorial, with maybe a nuclear missile displayed for all to see and to admire. 

And all that would be missing on the viewing stand before the Lincoln Memorial to complete America’s transformation, would be military leaders decked out in their uniforms, and the President, wearing a military uniform, bemedaled, and topped with a gold braided cap.  Then the picture will be complete, and a new America emerges.  And over 73 million Americas will throw up their red caps and cheer.

And I don’t feel patriotic imaging that picture in my mind.  As a veteran I feel used and abused.  I feel betrayed. 

I mourn America for having lost its way.  Men, women and children in cages like animals.  Our governmental institutions degraded and downgraded.  Our world stature ridiculed.  Our decency and our morality questioned.  And the worst of all – seeing and hearing our own citizens rallying and shouting and yelling support for even more autocratic, inequitable and even down right unconstitutional behavior and action by our elected officials. 

Our Congressional leaders openly defying and denying our Constitution, and their oath of office.  State Legislatures flagrantly and brazenly disenfranchising voters, and empowering themselves, so as to stay in power without the people’s consent or assent.  How can I think of celebrating, when the very essence of America is being conquered from within?

I don’t feel patriotic in our divided America.  I feel exhausted and diminished.  My American flag is not flying high and proud.  It remains in a dark and dusty closet, waiting to be unfurled and displayed again, when America once again is the home of the free and the brave.  And when the images of the cages and chains of suppression and repression are removed and erased from our minds and our hearts.  But most of all, I will fly my flag again, when once again, our Congress and our Supreme Court returns to the normalcy envisioned by our Founding Fathers as the foundation of our democracy.

I want to see my flag fly high and proud again.  Not in the hands of insurrectionists and anarchists, but in the hands of patriots and heroes, and ordinary Americans, who want to feel the true spirit and pride of America again. 

I want to celebrate the ideas and ideals given to us by our Founding Fathers again.  I want to celebrate the 4th of July again, as one nation, not a divided nation on the brink of collapse.  I want to see small-town parades, family barbecues, fireworks and flags waving in the wind.  I want to remember the sacrifices made, and sense the momentum and inspiration that we once had, before the red tide of arrogance and hate began to ooze from the scars of neglected minds and tarnished souls. 

Denying who we were and what we have accomplished, is no way to celebrate our democracy.  Tearing down the pillars of the People’s House, and vowing to bring down the government of the people and for the people, is no way to celebrate our democracy.

The only way to celebrate our Independence Day is to feel again, the passion and obsession that only freedom brings and instills in the hearts and minds of the tired, the poor and the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. 


Submitted: June 21, 2021

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