As I write this blog, fireworks are going on outside. The smells of sulfur and barbecue fill the air, and a smoky haze is hanging all around.
I remember a time when all Americans celebrated the Fourth of July happily, because they believed this was a great country. We were raised to believe that. We were indoctrinated in the belief that the United States of America was the land of the free and home of the brave. Those very words are part of our national anthem. The Statue of Liberty stands as a symbol of our practice of welcoming all who drift to our shores. She holds up a torch, for fuck’s sake, to light the way.
This Independence Day, however, is a somber one for many. The current administration has changed everything about us as a country and hung a dark cloud over our nation. It is doing its best to rip away all the hard-won rights that Americans have fought for, and is turning a once proud country into a desolate pit of depression and anxiety.
So, many people are now wondering what we should be celebrating Independence Day for, since the very foundation of our country—freedom—is going away, piece by piece.
Well, let me offer this. As of right now, we still have so much that other countries don’t have. Women, particularly, can vote, run for office, and voice our opinions, all things that some women in some countries cannot. And right there, we have a glimmer of hope. Women are the change. Women are the future. After all, it is Lady Liberty, isn’t it? Let’s celebrate what we can—and hopefully will—do.