Happy Canada Day!
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Canada was always a close neighbor and each visit reminded me what a great country it is. The people were pleasant, streets were clean and the environment beautiful.
And I’ve always liked the Maple Leaf. A flag that puts Nature in the middle, central to that great land.
July 4th is a different matter. Now that we have Super-Patriots who wrap themselves in the flag, with guns and bibles, blowing up things and caging children while preaching “America First” and claiming every military member is a “hero” (but not teachers and nurses), I just don’t feel the same about “Independence Day.”
(With all the shootings, flags are so often half-staff, I propose they fly that way permanently, at least until the madness stops. With the actions of the current “occupier” of the White House, I also think it makes sense to fly the Flag of Distress)
Yet, with all its faults, I love America. I’m just as “Patriotic” as the God and Gun Guys. And … I love Canada too. In fact, I love the Earth. All nations, all people, have goodness and greatness.
As Pablo Casals once said, “To love one’s country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?”
btw, every year my wife and I like to read Frederick Douglass’ Independence Day Speech (July 5, 1852). Sobering. . .America needs to hear it every year.