America means so much more than…this

It is a lovely Monday, July 4.

But no, I don’t really celebrate “Happy 4th of July!”

I don’t hate America. I hate that today, for so many, is about a day off, free parking, store sales, & illegal fireworks. America means so much more than that, and there is so much work to do to achieve the America we dream of, a mission captured by 19th century social reformer Frances Wright:

Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it. 

I love America. That’s why I’ve made an effort to learn our history (good, bad, ugly) beyond high school texts. That’s why I vote. Today…today is just a day.

Except for the hotdogs. I do enjoy the hotdogs.