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The Day After The Fireworks
Is it waving goodbye, or welcome?
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.
Are you already keeping score in the 2016 competition?
Some colors and efforts seem more lasting.
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