“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.” – Winston Churchill

*Playlist below…enjoy after reading

Not until this year had I really thought about the Fourth of July. And by “thought about” I’m referring to its meaning and importance rather than what not-trying-too-hard/cute-with-a-little-sauce patriotic outfit I should wear. As I contemplated the esteemed American people dressing in red white and blue, inebriated and dancing around swaying mini flags while cheering “USA!,” this celebratory day seemed, today, somewhat hypocritical. Our government is more divided than ever; rather than work together to achieve an inkling of common ground, the political trend of who can appease the farthest right or farthest left spreads fervently. Of course we should celebrate America’s independence on July 4, 1776 (thank you, Founding Fathers), but what are we so proud of about our country today? I wonder what Thomas Jefferson would think…oy vey.

Maureen Dowd puts it perfectly:

“Once we had Howard Baker, who went against self-interest for the common good. Now we have Ted Cruz. Once we had Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner whose fortitude in a Japanese P.O.W. camp was chronicled in Laura Hillenbrand’s book “Unbroken.” Now we’ve broken Iraq, liberating it to be a draconian state run on Sharia law, full of America-hating jihadists who were too brutal even for Al Qaeda.

We’re a little bit scared of our own shadow. And, sadly, we see ourselves as a people who can never understand one another. We’ve given up on the notion that we can cohere, even though the founders forged America by holding together people with deep differences.” – Maureen Dowd, Who Do We Think We Are

With that, I hope there’s cause for real-time celebration on July 4, 2015.

Click here for Jamz. For some reason I can’t embed this bad boi.

I can’t help it. If you’ve been listening to Clean Bandit – Rather Be (Feat. Jess Glynn) on repeat like I have and haven’t seen the music video yet…no words.

xoxox,

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