I didn't spend my Fourth of July in celebration the way I usually do. I had a lot of other things going on; it was the first time in a very long time that I hadn't partaken.
Last night and this morning, I had a lot of time to reflect on what the holiday meant -- and means -- to me.
Juxtaposition: July 4th Deadly Duality
A comment I happened across on Delphi Forums struck me as particularly significant for some reason. It was this:
Bozo the Clown -- an iconic figure known for entertaining children and who many adults may remember from their childhood memories...an apt reference, given that roughly half the nation still plays childish games with name-calling and cliquish groups of exclusionary focus. Too many of them apparently missed the message of Bozo.
Jesse Helms, a powerful icon as well -- one who fought against racial equality and gay rights.