… to be an American ….

This was originally posted July 4, 2018. I repost it because I find it still very relevant.

On this, our nation’s birthday, I have had numerous thoughts running through my mind as I compare the idea of America, as flawed as it may have historically been in its implementation, and what we currently confront with the administration currently in office.

In the process several key themes assert themselves again and again in my thoughts.

I do not contend that together they represent a coherent world view, although I think that combined they begin to approximate that.

As we approach evening —  and the darkness necessary for fireworks displays — on the East Coast, I choose to take the time to share them, as incomplete and fragmentary as they may be.

That is what I offer below the break, if you have any interest.