It was our own moral failure and not any accident of chance, that while preserving the appearance of the Republic we lost its reality.Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman, orator, writer (106-43 BCE)
sigh. . . . on this 4th of July, as we think about the birth of our Nation.
How do we celebrate? With furniture and car sales, and Home Depot specials. With fireworks, far removed from any memory of exploding shells and shrapnel. With parades and firetrucks - again, no memory of the ancient nation birth fires that undoubtedly were the first occasion for the practice.
We do wave the flag. . . . where we haven't waived it.