Today, July The Fourth 2020, we celebrate America and things that are uniquely American.
Like baggy oxford-cloth buttondowns, tassel loafers, national parks, and Hollywood.
However, this comes at a contentious time in our nation’s history.
In fact, it probably feels rather frightening.
You may feel as if you’ve been abandoned in a barren wasteland.
And that you have to hide in the shadows.
Keep a low profile. Walk on eggshells.
You may even feel like you’re forced to swallow things that impede your ability to think clearly.
And if you simply say the wrong thing, you’ll end up with a mugshot.
It’s as if there’s some Cold War-type enemy watching everything you say and do, and you’re not even sure what they want.
So hang on, Mr. and Mrs. America. Hang on to the Founding Fathers with all you’ve got.
Because it’s a long way down.
And remember that oft-repeated quote from a certain 1961 novel: “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.”
Happy Fourth Of July, America.