Sunday, July 4, 2010
Happy Fourth of July!
Patriotism is a word that has lost its meaning over the years. It gets attached to many forms of expression, such as burning flags, protesting and criticizing the policies of a President. Many mealy-mouthed politicians often (and shrilly) exclaim things like "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."
I disagree with this mangling of the definition of the word. Patriotism is defined very simply in the dictionary: love and loyal or zealous support of one's own country.
That's it. It is not an all-purpose word to cover all acts of disrespectful expression against one's country. It's quite the opposite.
Here's hoping that all Americans rediscover this meaning as we celebrate our Day of Independence.
And here's wishing all of you a Happy July 4th!
They were pretty impressive fireworks shows, and they were right above you, too. (Nowadays you seem to watch them at a safe distance.) And there was no mistaking when you were seeing the grand finale, either.
Probably the worst part was the teeming mass of humanity when it was over, all eager to get out of there and back to their cars.
Much later, during a time when I was living in a series of apartments in Sheffield Lake, I remember going over to Avon Lake to watch the fireworks at the Fisher's Big Wheel. The office buildings at the corner of Walker and Moore weren't there yet, so you could spread out your blanket and enjoy the show. It's funny to already be nostalgic about something a mere 20 - 25 years ago.