Fionacat (fionacat) wrote,

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4th July 2004 - Strike up the band, you know the tune.

Oh, why can't you see past the media's spotlight
What was so proudly hailed as evil tyranical might.
With broad swipes and bright smiles against the perilous truth,
O'er the airwaves and internet that were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet fly
Is this the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Slightly modified, it's a good song after all full kudos to Francis Scott Key.

Today is the Forth of July, a day when traditionally America pat's itself on the back for managing another year in the world (commercialism and a slight hint of colonlisim/anti-colonlism do sneak in but mostly it's about still being there.)

As one nation, but a nation now incresingly divided.

I'm not going to pretend this message will make much of a diffrence but to our cousins, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers and friends across the pond as you enjoy this day of celebration at your independance I'd ask you to extend the hand of friendship to your neighbour and your neighbour's neighbour, bring fruitcake, sugar or just a friendly hello.

Start to build again, in New York there will be the Freedom Tower foundation stone, build your own tower not of bricks and mortar but of friendship and aquantances.

Start to build again, remove the division's, tear down the borders and let's have a nice organised quiet civil revolution, an ideas revolotion where the only casualties will be sexism and racism (and some other -ism's)

Start to build again, undo the wrongs of us and them, of who started first and of tarring all with the same brush; after all not every German supported Hitler.

Start to build anew, history will not forget, we will not forget but nothing can be changed by dwelling in the past.

It is time to move on, it is time that we start to rebuild the world and make it a better place.

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