JULY 4th DISAPPOINTMENT
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BY BOB FRANKEN
July Fourth disappointment
It’s a funny thing about fireworks: As they fleetingly light up the skies, they temporarily can blind us to the dreary reality that lies below. As we mark the 240th year since our Declaration of Independence, we need to take stock about how far we’ve fallen from the fervent highs of the revolutionaries back in 1776. In too many ways, their idealism has become a dud.
Look no further than our alternatives for the next chief executive. Let’s be blunt: If the polls are to be believed, we will be forced to choose between “bad” and “disaster,” between someone who is untrustworthy and calculating, and a liar who is a shameless demagogue. How inspiring is that? It’s as if those fireworks to celebrate the spirit of ’76 have started to fizzle.
The Declaration’s premise is for a democracy that would evolve after the separation from England would ensure “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” as we all remember from middle school. Sad to say, our government has far too often become the catalyst for the pursuit of money and power for the few, with little regard for the people. What, back then, was a violent split from the “absolute tyranny” of the British king has turned into a fiefdom for the privileged who manipulate their puppets in government in a slightly more subtle way, the legalized bribery known as campaign contributions.