For me, this year at least, Independence Day is very upsetting.
It’s hard to see the word FREEDOM all over the place when my own body is subject to the political whims of men who have more money and power.
It’s hard to feel free when huge numbers of my fellow citizens are being cheated, tricked, and strong-armed out of their right to vote, just so wealthy, powerful groups can stay in control.
I can’t see how I am very free when the elite class controls the subject matter of public education (Common Core Standards, high-stakes testing), and then makes higher education a life-long debt sentence.
This feels like Corporate Serfdom, not Freedom.
In 1776, we fought back against the control of an out-of-touch, self-serving government and the corporate greed of businesses like the British East India Company. And hen we gave the power to wealthy, white, male landowners.
It doesn’t feel like we’ve made a whole lot of lasting progress since then.
I hope it isn’t too late.