July 4th Reflections

2 thoughts on “July 4th Reflections”

  1. Last night I noticed people waving American flags during the “1812”. I could not do so; as, for the reason you mention, it seemed … strange to do so. I do wish that, when a chorus is present, the sung sections were part of the performance (the Russian national hymn sections at beginning and at the “push”).

    I’ve noticed the glorification of the millitary and war as well. It is as if our nation has no other worthy heroes than those who were in the millitary. Sparta over Athens, i suppose.

  2. A couple of things. July 2nd is my birthday, and the framers regarded it as the true Independence Day, since the vote of separation was taken then.

    Per John Adams …

    The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

    Also, a possible song that is of course too radical for this area would be The Power and the Glory by Phil Ochs.

    I saw him live about 1971 in a small club in Columbia.


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