I think I’m beginning to understand why I wake up so early.
Voted yesterday, worked, and came home. Looks like at least one of my candidates lost the primary, which is sad, because it was a ‘devil you know” situation on that vote.
Nothing new and interesting to report this morning. I mean, aside from the obvious.
I’ve done my best to avoid 9-11 coverage, news stories, and the like, because it’s no longer about the loss, but about ratings. Which is disgusting, but there you go. I’m a former new Yorker, so it still hits a little close to home.
I’ll remember quietly. But rather than numb everyone with overbearing coverage, this anniversary should be handled with a bit more dignity than I expect the major media will (or has been).
And for crying out loud, take your flags in from the rain. Take them off your car windows, your decks, and your desks. Display the flag properly, and respectfully. Don’t let that too become another weak symbol, something we’re so used to seeing everywhere that we forget what it really stands for. Stop merchandising it like it’s an NBA team, or a hot new trend, or the latest from Versachi.
Remember that it stands not just for unity, but freedom. Remember that the losses and freedoms symbolized by the flag didn’t begin on 9-11-2001. but before 7-4-1776. Remember that more people have died for the cause of freedom than died on 9-11. While we should not forget the loss of life on 9-11, we should not forget the sacrifices of those who came before us, in 1969, in 1941, in 1914, in 1843, in 1819, in 1776…
I’m not against patriotism. But I’ve also not bedecked my house in a commercialized Red, White, and Blue, like some late summer 4th of July sale. Which is all this will be in 10 years at the current rate of decline.
Ugh. Dunno how long *THAT* as been building up, but it’s a start…