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A Druid’s Web Log, July 2019 – In the Sweet Land of Liberty

The nation is gearing up for Independence Day celebrations as I write this. Flags are already lining Main streets and hanging from houses, and we are supposed to be thinking about “freedom”. Freedom for whom? I can’t get the image of caged children out of my mind, or of their grieving separated parents, huddled in yearning masses at our southern border.

We are told that the for-profit, tax payer funded camps holding the children are too broke to lay out toothbrushes or soap, and the kids are sleeping on the floor without a mattress. Meanwhile, US tax payers have paid over 100 million dollars for Trump’s golf outings so far, which would easily cover the cost of cots and soap for the kids.

This country secured “liberty” from England 234 years ago, but not for enslaved Africans or dispossessed indigenous Americans. So what exactly is this “freedom” we are supposed to be celebrating?

The US has left the UN Commission on Human Rights, apparently because working to make the world safer for women, children and refugees is no longer in line with what the US stands for.

What do we supposedly stand for now? The “right” for fossil fuel and pesticide companies to pollute and poison the landscape at will? The “right” for the medical-industrial complex and the military-industrial complex to charge whatever they want, no matter the human cost? The “right” for gun manufacturers to profit from the sale of military assault weapons and hand guns to anyone who wants one, no matter their mental state or competence?

Meanwhile, our president finally gets his sorry, self-aggrandizing July 4th military parade. It is worth remembering that Trump never served, citing bone spurs. After making his July 4 political speech he and his family will laugh, all the way to the bank.

Let freedom ring.

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    886 Mapledale Rd, Orange, Connecticut 06477
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May the light of summer shine into your heart, mind and soul. Thanks for reading!
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