Fireworks flashing in the sky
like a rocket’s red glare,
but why are they there?
And few could answer why.
They sure try
but get lost in a sea of
red, white, and blue,
and drown in their own imagery.
Freedom is liberty,
liberty is freedom;
iconography is but a golden calf
that will fade away
and those higher ideals
of freedom, of liberty, of justice
should never be lost
that which is not the practice
of what it represents
Potentially, there will be those who interpret this as slam against conservatives, against veterans, against the flag, against *insert cause here*, . . .
I can assure you that that is not the case and was not my intention.
However, that kind of interpretation IS what I’m condemning. Symbols can be great reminders and I certainly see why people hold them so dear. The red, white, and blue stand for something great. But symbols are representations, and unless a person backs up what they supposedly hold dear by virtue of that symbol, what is the point of it? The idea that freedom is something you should be forced to appreciate is a stupid and hypocritical idea. And like all ideas, the threat of force does not increase appreciation (and happens to be the antithesis of freedom anyway.)
So please forgive my little soapbox spiel. I would not consider this a political post and it was not written to ruffle feathers but I wrote all this because I know it could be taken that way by some. And you know what? As much as that fact irks me, it is still their right to do so 😀 🇺🇲
Have a safe and happy Independence Day y’all. And if you’re not in the states, just have a good and safe day!
God bless. — the real C. D.