Nothing wrong with loving your country

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Just as many of you did, I enjoyed the July 4 celebration at Lake Madison.

Having grown up the son of an Air Force enlistee, the Fourth of July always was a serious, special time, given that my parents had opted for a lifestyle that was based on defense of this nation, and I was pretty proud of that.

Everybody at the park was enjoying the day, and most importantly, the reason for the day — independence.

As a joke, though, the day before, I posted a thought on Facebook about how long it would be before the disillusioned masses started torpedoing our celebration. I was not let down, and it began in earnest that very day.

I’ve seen articles on how the song “God Bless America” was nothing but a syrupy whitewash of all things wrong with this country. This was from NPR, of all places, which is funded by tax dollars.

I’ve seen tweets from the Guardian in the United Kingdom asking generally if independence was really working out for us. FYI: It is, thanks for asking, and keep your haughty insolence to yourself.

There are reports of people getting beat up for the simple crime of wearing a hat that says, “Make America Great Again.”

People are burning flags to make points against news anchors they disagree with.

Even Dan Rather used it as a means to take a swipe at President Trump.

To all of them, I say, “Ain’t it nice that you live in a country that affords you the ability to be ignorant?”

The thing about our country is it’s designed to allow everyone that freedom. You can say what you want, hold opinions you want, exist pretty much in the manner you choose. That is one of reasons we celebrate.

Having the freedom to pour derision on the country that you call home, and then doing that, seems counterintuitive, but, hey, that’s how we do here. I don’t begrudge anyone that ability, but I do wonder to what purpose this whinging accomplishes.

Not for nothing, there’s not another country that allows that type of behavior; some might react rather violently to it.

So if I were in those shoes, I’d use my voice to make improvements, not to poke holes in the one place on the planet that accepts you no matter what — like say with a ridiculous opinion on what freedom is.

•Back to the Headline of Note: Courtesy of Foxnews.com, we have this missive: “Guardian writer blames Trump for skipping gym: 'Now I can't open jars.'”

The writer of the piece, Brigid Delaney with Guardian Australia, lost a bet on the American election in 2016 and could no longer follow a fitness regime. Or something like that.

I’m stunned that simple events that require the participation of millions of people in a country on the other side of planet can cause this kind of reaction, but, come on, really? Have we as a people become that weak?

I’m really sad for us now. Pretty soon, Trump cartoons will cause complete mental breakdowns.

Tony Farkas is publisher of the Madisonville Meteor.

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