I feel independent today.
Yesterday the 30th rendition of our local annual summer festival, Bay Day, fell on Independence Day. It was a day with far more than fireworks in St. Albans Town Bay Park in northwestern Vermont; it was a family day with a triathalon, lakefront games, sports, fair food, fireworks, and continuous live music. I book the music.
The Summer Sounds concert series starts on Bay Day each year and our kickoff yesterday was inspired. Carol Ann Jones and The Superchargers performed an Independence Day tribute.
Ms. Jones sang an Irving Berlin song at the end of her third set. God Bless America is the unofficial national anthem of the United States. Andre Maquera closed the show as the fireworks flew with a guitar solo of the Star Spangled Banner. In front of the stage, on his knees in the single spotlight, he shot down enemy rockets with his guitar and we heard the guns firing.
Independence doesn’t come cheaply. Specialist Ryan Grady, 25, of West Burke was killed by an IED near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan last week. “He made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of a nation that he both loved and served” as a member of the Vermont Army National Guard, Maj. Gen. Michael Dubie said. He is the first Vermonter to be killed since the National Guard deployed.
We dedicated the concert to the Vermont Guard and we remembered Ryan Grady when the fireworks lit the darkened sky.
I feel particularly independent today of the bozos who want my town to take down its Christmas tree but won’t dare to offend anyone who would have an ayatollah take over City Hall. According to the Huff Post, President Obama “rebuked the old chestnut that the United States is a Judeo-Christian nation” during a press conference he held in Turkey last year.
I’m not very religious in an organized way but I went to Sunday School and drilled the catechism. I can recite the Apostle’s Creed and I know the Lord’s Prayer with and without the doxology, with debtors or with trespassers. That said, the evangelicals worry me. Pretty much anyone who trespasses against me does. If you, dear reader, didn’t understand this paragraph, we have little to talk about.
See, I also know that the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence knew somebody’s God was lurking in our founding and I know that the 1892 Supreme Court decision that “this is a Christian nation” affirmed it.
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator…
On the one hand, I’m very glad the Ayatollah Obama is not the head of the state church. On the other hand, it worries me that the ayatollahs of godlessness would assure that our kids grow up without the cultural teachings that make us the Good Guys. America is changing from a strong, independent leader to a nation of appeasers.
“Dear Mr./Ms. Bozo:
I don’t mind offending you. Nope, I don’t mind that at all.
Ryan Grady didn’t die because of oil no matter what some evangelical trespassers might think. Ryan Grady died so those bozos could say out loud that this nation never heard of God.
Your “hashcash” sucks in a big, big way, Mr. Harper. 9 and 3 is 12, fucksake.
“That said, the evangelicals worry me. Pretty much anyone who trespasses against me does. If you, dear reader, didnt understand this paragraph, we have little to talk about.”
What if it is less understandable because the writing is ambiguous? Would you shut your ears still?
Recollect that the words regarding trespasses asks the creator to forgive (you your) trespasses, even as (you) forgive others theirs.
Worrying about trespassers is not a bad thing. We can forgive the trespasses, but it’s a fool who lives on this earth and does not worry about the trespassers whose name is Legion.
Aside from the quibbling, I am with you in Spirit: Ryan’s death is indeed part of the payment of the debt incurred by we debtors, doubters notwithstanding, so that Obama may not only say intensely stupid things, but even say them from the office of POTUS.
Hell, even Dubya enjoyed that freedom!
I have a cat named Dubya, and he says whatever he chooses to say.
It is difficult to not write ambiguous prose when the range of reference is so incredibly wide. “Evangelical” is a term so open to interpretation that not even I can interact with the rough edges of the brotherhood.
Mr gekko is correct that the trespassor of record is Legion, a name given him by *themselves* and archived for spiritual posterity: “Our name is Legion, for we are many”.
Long live the United States of America and long live the honorable memory of Ryan Grady. May God comfort those who loved him and grieve for him.
BTW 6 and 1 is 7, and if hashhish doesn’t compute I’ll be pissed.
heck…in Florida we’z now allowed to shoot trespassers…