Happy Birthday, America

According to my email, many of you who enjoy the Jason Wander books either now serve, or have served, America in uniform.  A couple of you have even written that you chose that service because of the books.  

Now, if you’re celebrating this Fourth in service abroad, you may be hearing that, as the comic strip Doonesbury chooses to report in so many words today, on America’s birthday, the country you’re defending has gone to hell in a handbasket.

Let me put that view in perspective for you.  The Atlanta Journal Constitution ran the strip one day after its front-page news story exposing the terrifying depth and shocking breadth of the handbasket in which America has careened to hell.  The story – I am not making this up – was about Starbucks closing some locations because they were cannibalizing business from other Starbucks locations.  The Journal Constitution’s investigative reporting included an interview with a couple at a Starbucks who had cut back to sharing one $5 latte (vanilla, two straws), not their usual one apiece, because things had gotten so bad for them.

Don’t get me wrong.  America has problems.  Big ones.  Always has.  Often worse than today’s crop.  But most nations on this planet and, one presumes, others would still love to stick a straw in our latte.

Churchill said that democracy is the worst form of government ever invented, except for every other one that’s been tried.

That’s as true today as it was in 1776, and on this Fourth of July, 2008, most of us here thank you for helping to keep it that way.

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2 Responses to “Happy Birthday, America”

  1. Cheap Strip Cut Says:

    Excellent! Thanks for doing this…it’s really nice to know that I’m not alone on a lot of these things.

  2. Jennifer Rardin Says:

    Somehow I always know when I pop in you’re going to make me feel better. Hope everything’s going well with you!

    Love,
    Jen

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