Birthday Greetings to the USA


     Best wishes to all Americans on the 238th birthday (7/4/14) of the United States of America (USA), land of the free and home of the brave!

     America, it is usually called nowadays, not the United States; though so much of “America” is not actually part of our country. In the vast Western Hemisphere there are three Americas, North, South and Central, with many different inhabitants. So, when we Americans call the USA “America,” are we being presumptuous?

     The USA is one of the oldest democracies in the world, having come into being in the late 18th century. Recently, though, changes have been made in the political situation (e.g.fifteen of the fifty states have made it harder to vote and the Civil Right Act has been repealed).

     Somehow, over the years, an aristocracy has emerged in our midst. Though it does not have titles or coats-of-arms, it does have great influence. Often these remnants of feudalism are above the law. Many Americans feel compelled to defer to them.

     Elections can actually be purchased, making it possible for the giant corporations (considered “people” by some of our politicians) to have things their way. That can mean no more safety regulations in our factories and offices.

     Well, I could say more but “All the News That’s Fit to Print” does not provide enough space for the people.

 

    A. Garavente 

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