The Day After The Fireworks

Is it waving goodbye, or welcome?

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My wife and I have seen some spectacular fireworks.

Last night we watched some while working together in our garden as the twilight of another July 4th darkened..

I don't know whether I am proud or sad to say that we find the fireworks wasteful.

I suppose the tradition comes from "the rockets red glare" or their similarity to wartime bombardments still going on around this sad world today, but they seem wasteful to us.

We are inclined to think of all the more worthy uses to which the funds could have been applied: teacher excellence, infrastructure repairs, and so forth.

America is already into a new round of political stump speeches, in what is supposed to be a fresh political debate.

Already the "he said/she said" is raising the question "Really?" The candidate with the least political savvy has already experienced foot-in-mouth disease which will be repeatedly used by comedians and political would-be comedians to denigrate his fine leadership skills.

They were out there on the stump, marching, waving, proclaiming, looking as presidential and wise as each could manage.

We were out in the garden and watching the private and the tax dollars go up in smoke; a large part of them having gone to China.

Perhaps those were better expenditures than some campaign donations will turn out to have been.

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gregas 17 months ago from Corona, California.

To me, the fireworks on the 4th of July still symbolize the time when we won our independence, which a lot of people seem to forget. They seem to forget the fact that we had to fight for the freedoms that we have and we still have to fight for those freedoms. The majority of the fireworks seen last night were NOT paid for with tax dollars. And, I see a whole lot more places that our tax dollars are wasted besides on the fireworks reminding us of our independence that so many take for granted these days. Also, since you mentioned the campaign donations, I will take this opportunity to say, "I feel that all campaigns should be limited to how much can be spent." You did bring up a good point though, about the fireworks. I feel we should ALL still be proud to be Americans. Especially on the 4th of July. My opinion, Greg


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Perspycacious 17 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

gregas - I agree with your comment and hope that others will chime in to say that their public and private fireworks were money well spent because the colors and thunder really DID remind them of our hard won independence from England.

There is no doubt in my mind that US election campaigns are out of control with even more wasteful spending than exploding fireworks ever thought of being, even in my imagining.

Hopefully our pride in being Americans will extend to being involved and not just turned off....as too many seem to be, even the complaining ones who do nothing but moan and groan.

Come back later and check the poll results again.


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Ericdierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I always have such a fleeting thoughts during fireworks and parades. They only feed our emotional and feeling needs not our practical common sense needs. One can take it further and ask why do we spend so much time and effort on the faith -- it does not put food in bellies or cure the sick. But then just as quickly I know that our great nation is not great because of the infrastructure or schools or hospitals but because of our mindset. The only real things that set us apart are found in our beliefs and commitment to our way of life not our things of life.

Our billions of dollars spent toward electing our officials is a very strange expenditure of our resources. I suppose if I watched regular TV and saw all the ads it may make some sense to me. Perhaps someday I will care enough to watch what they are spending all that money on, but there is a far better chance that I never will.


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Perspycacious 17 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Ericdierker - Anyone who has ever been in love would never down play feelings, and feelings of patriotism have served our country very well.

Feelings of patriotism serve to explain the frustration so many of us feel when we express what we feel about politicians and specifically the inability of the administration and the congress to work together productively for the well-being of our country at home and in the world setting.

A lot of us feel that our way of life has been getting chipped away by the special interests of the few and the monied interests of the rich.

If it is true, and it appears that it is, "the squeaky wheel gets the grease,"

then the noise and the spending are getting more than their share of attention and results.

If it is also true, and I'm beginning to wonder if it is, that "the pen is mightier than the sword," then the advent of the computer is being wasted on video games.

Let's all see who addresses (in speech and print) the things we really feel strongly about, strongly enough to vote for someone of our choice in November 2016.


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gregas 17 months ago from Corona, California.

Then squeaky wheel doesn't always get the grease. Sometimes it gets replaced. Greg


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Perspycacious 17 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

gregas - All too rarely though, I am afraid.


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Dana Tate 17 months ago from LOS ANGELES

My uncle is here visiting the family from Germany and its funny- we were driving home on the 4th and the fire works were popping in the air and my uncle said ' look at all that money going up in smoke.' No seriously, 4th of July is my favorite holiday, but now all holidays seem too commercialized- and all about making money; the meaning of the holiday seems less and less important.


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gregas 17 months ago from Corona, California.

We the people make it that way. If we didn't buy they couldn't sell. And that is for any of the holidays. Sad, but true. And 80% is for the kids sake. Greg.


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Dana Tate 17 months ago from LOS ANGELES

You're right gregas 100%.


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Perspycacious 17 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Dana Tate - Good discussions going on here without downplaying the patriotism that we hope is at the core of Independence Day gatherings.

Here one mountainside had a really large and illuminated American flag displayed on the hillside, and a podium was placed there for photos and a male signer with a great voice appeared on his own and sang our National Anthem beautifully. The spirit was alive and well. We also had the oaths of citizenship in a local ceremony for 21 new citizens from almost as many countries. They were interviewed afterwards expressing their joy at their new-found opportunities and those were broadcast.


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Perspycacious 17 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Dana Tate - Good discussions going on here without downplaying the patriotism that we hope is at the core of Independence Day gatherings.

Here one mountainside had a really large and illuminated American flag displayed on the hillside, and a podium was placed there for photos and a male signer with a great voice appeared on his own and sang our National Anthem beautifully. The spirit was alive and well. We also had the oaths of citizenship in a local ceremony for 21 new citizens from almost as many countries. They were interviewed afterwards expressing their joy at their new-found opportunities and those were broadcast.


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MarleneB 17 months ago from Northern California, USA

It is, indeed, a waste of money. A nearby city claimed bankruptcy two years ago and did not have fireworks because it wasn't in the budget. This year, they found money in the budget to have a spectacular fireworks display. Meanwhile, people are living unemployed and homeless. I wonder why they can find money for fireworks, but they can't find money to help people in need.


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Perspycacious 17 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

MarleneB - Perhaps the answer can be found in that "squeaky wheel" comment earlier, the unemployed and homeless need advocates (they tend to not speak for themselves.)

Are you interested in the job speaking up for them there in Northern California?

If they are in the right part of California, perhaps next year one of the marijuana farms can sponsor (and spend for) the fireworks (incognito, if need be) an anonymous donation to the city budget.


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aviannovice 17 months ago from Stillwater, OK

I agree that symbolism sometimes needs to take a back seat. Most of America now has been privy to the effects of war, even though the youngsters don't fully understand it. Today, I saw trash that was discarded from a fireworks show at an area park. Who plans to pick it up?


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Perspycacious 16 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - Probably one of the employed will pick it up, while some prisoner labor or exploited Chinese workers will start making more for the next big event.

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