INDEPENDENCE DAY, THE AMERICAN DREAM.
Yep, Independence day is the day we celebrate when we became our own nation, finally getting away from the mother land and becoming our own country, allowing every man woman and child the right to live The American Dream.
You know, it’s sorta like when a kid leaves home, setting out on their own to try to survive in the world.
In the days of the first settlers, they had a way of living where the land provided everything they needed to survive.
Each family raised their own livestock and grew their own fruits and vegetables for food. They actually survived off the land around them. Heck they even made their own soap.
So on and on and out the generations went, one by one, using every skill that they learned from their parents to live and survive raising their own families.
Their success meant to a nation that independence day celebrations would live on forever.
As each generation developed new things, they slowly over hundreds of years became less dependent on the land and more dependent on others and on the communities in which they lived.
Everything we need now, takes a job or work to get. Everything now comes from a store and the job is necessary to have money to buy the things they used to get from the land. Very few families actually live off the land on their own any longer and those that are left are usually found on the Discovery or History channel.
That my friends is how much we have grown, learned, educated ourself and advanced technologically over the years.
The price we have paid for out advancement in technology is that people have bought up most of the available resources in this country that they could, in order to profit by selling them off or by refining them to make money. There’s nothing left.
There are very few places left in America where one can live off the land as the settlers first did and now living off the land has become more of a survival game for our entertainment on TV, than an actual portrayal of what living in America is like today.
Families and individuals no longer actually live on their own independently any more. Now we depend on stores, businesses and even the government for everything we need to live and it takes a hell of a lot of money to buy it all. That’s where the good jobs comes in. In order for our kids to set out on their own they need a strong college education and have to find good paying career jobs in order to survive and raise a family.
Unfortunately, that is happening less now days because of the poor economy. More and more parents can’t afford to send their kids to college to get that education for a good job. It’s either feed the family or send the kids to college.
That unfortunately is snowballing in this country at an alarming rate. The proof is in how many kids out of high school and older adult offspring are now still living with their parents for much longer than they used to. Even many of those who are lucky enough to get a college education can’t find a good job to support themself, much less try to support a family also.
That’s why Independence day is changing and becoming more of a Dependence day. Other than the drinkers and partiers looking for another reason or holiday to get high, what real motivation is there for a 53 year old man or woman who is forced to live with mom and dad, to celebrate our countrys Independence when they can’t even be Independent themselves.
Wake up people. What once was open land, a new country, with everything you and your offspring needed provided by the land, is not that any more.
There is no more true Independence, only a dependence on the way of living we have we become accustom to paying for and whether we survive at all depends on how well we do financially.
Just for you to be born cost your parents a lot of money either in doctors bills or insurance, so there would be no cost.
The day of Independence actually went by the wayside when the country’s land could no longer provide the necessities for the amount of people that lived there.
You are no longer Independent unless you are one of those few that bought up all of the lands resources and now being filthy rich, you are probably in the government or heavily involved in political donations so you don’t loose your wealth.
The new sign on Americas front door now reads, the management has the right to deny service to anyone for any reason it sees fit.
So Independence day with all it’s hopes and dreams of “The American Dream” is just that for must of us, a dream! Realize that when you are back to work and the holiday has come and gone.
Happy forth of July is just what it’s becoming as true individual independence is slowly lost forever. Now days it’s more of a government holiday than anything else.
So party on like a senator, oh I mean rock star!
Don’t waste your money
Lol, take this crap back! It’s a wonder that Chrysler and Ford would let their names be associated with China and Hong Kong crap like this.
The remote control truck doesn’t even have the power to run on thin carpet , even with new batteries!
Disappointing junk that is flooding the toy market for Christmas.
It’s sad that we let this happen and pay good money for it to.
It’s even sadder that Chrysler and Ford would even be associated with shit companies like this.
It sorta makes me wonder about their quality now! If they approve toys like this!
If you were given Twelve Wishes, What would they be?
A little about black friday.
It’s the day after Thanksgiving, the Friday when all the stores offer huge irresistible bargains to those who get there early. They also have many other great deals all day long.
It’s meant to get the stores earnings out of the red (a financial loss) if thats where they are and get them into the black, a financial gain in profits for the holiday shopping season.
Thats black friday! Not black any other day. So what about the stores that will open on Thanksgiving day? They are stoping the employees who have to work, from enjoying a day off with their families. Whether the stores can open or not should be left to their employees and it should be on a volunteer basis only. If they can get enough workers to volunteer to come in, then they can open, plain and simple. That way they might open and without looking like they place greed and profits, over family values and togetherness.
As for the shoppers, it’s their call whether to shop or not. That would be strictly up to them.
As for me, during that period of shopping on Thanksgiving Day,, I’d rather be watching football, playing games with the kids, cards with uncle Joe (you got to watch him, he cheats), raiding the fridge for leftovers, extra desert and doing it all comfortably at home in my sox! Besides, we all know that the stuffing only lasts a day and thats it!
You see, we work our asses off, for a whole year, for what we have and earn and I’m not giving up a day with family and friends that’s meant to enjoy what we already have, to go shopping! Deal or No Deal!
Now kids, I’ll pick suitcase 2 and 10,.! DAD YOU CAN ONLY GET TO PICK ONE! THATS CHEATING!
Hey, I got to try to beat those kids somehow, THEY ALWAYS WIN!
Besides, Uncle Joe is proud! But he is the Banker! LOL.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYBODY!
Times are tough, now more than ever, so please donate to your favorite charity this holiday season.
Get a receipt and claim big donations on your taxes. Thats one thing the government hasn’t taken away yet.
Remember to drop some money into the red kettles that you also see around town and patronize the stores that have them. If there isn’t a kettle the store said no to charity and didn’t allow it.
The Salvation Army has done nothing but good for many people who needed help over the years they have been around and they can use your help more than ever.
Now on another charitable note.
I’m letting them know that it’s time for a change. I know more than anyone that not many people really like change, but it’s a necessity because most old things that remain as they are seem to eventually fall by the way side.
People and society have changed since their start and so has technology. Now we have the internet, 3d copiers are in their infancy and we all have cell phones. Shute, even many kids have cell phones these days.
I mean come on already, I used to joke about their name when I was a kid and that has been a couple years ago at least.
So here is a couple ideas to help them march away from the past and into a long, meaningful future.
First lets update the name just a little. Have a nationwide contest for a year, then pick one you like and advertise it heavy, like when you hear a radio station change formats.
Next lets go casual on the uniforms. Casual is friendly.
Now, and I hate like heck to say it, but it’s time too change the red kettle to a different container for collecting. I said change wasn’t easy but how many people now days can actually say they have our have used an actual kettle.
I bet you would be lucky to find one kettle in a thousand homes now days, that’s if your lucky.
So, why not change it to a three foot tall Smart phone. Hang it from the same stand. Put a slot on top for the money. Then have a different language printed on each number key on the front. They put in the money and tap a number on the screen and the giant phone either thanks them or wishes them. a happy holiday in the selected language. Cool huh!
Make it do whatever you want but keep it fast and simple. The point is, to update it to something more people can relate to and probably relate to for many many years too come.
Now did you notice something hasn’t changed? The bell ringer and the bell. Just like Pavlov’s dogs, there is something that says happy holidays and makes us feel secure when we hear that bell ringing every year. Never change that.
Of course I’ll help with the rest if necessary. So for now, Happy Holidays and please don’t forget to donate often.
It’s getting to be that time of year again folks, where the air feels crisp, the beautiful fall colored leaves brighten our surroundings and the sunny days of summer are transformed into those cold and gloomy days of winter.
Cider mills are bustling with crowds of people, lined up waiting for those tasty treats. Pumpkins are being carefully selected and carted home too create those scary masterpieces we see in many front yards.
It isn’t long before we hear those words that seem to never be lost from year to year, Trick or Treat.
We musts had a hundred kids this year, dad tells mom as he pops one of the remaining morsels from the candy bowl into his mouth. Mom agrees, there were more kid than last year, as she sits on the couch rubbing her sore feet and watches her princess and spider man, compare the goodies they collected on their journey.
Days go by and now mom is looking all over for those missing gloves she thought she put away from last year, because it’s cold out and she has a lot of stores to visit to put together a Thanksgiving feast for all the relatives.
While they are out, dad quietly puts away a few summer items into the shed and digs out the snow shovels, predominantly placing them once again near the front door for easy access, all the while thinking to himself that it won’t be long now!
He ponders, that it should be cold enough this year too keep the extra beverages on the back porch again, while we make room in the fridge for all those tasty pumpkin pies and deserts.
Thanksgiving dinner was a big success as usual and with all the left overs, the pop will remain on the porch for a while longer.
Mon is now in a dizzy, (you do remember that Santa Clause has come tho town) between all of the I want that’s and the I sure could use one of those’s, along with trying too budget enough to still be able to give something to charity this year, she’s not only in a dizzy, but now she threatens that if she hears one more I Want, from anybody, that she will give everything to charity including the tree!
Wow, do you remember the Who’s down in Whoville, and that the Grinch’s heart grew three times it’s size that day. He have back everything he took and he even, carved the roast beast!
I sure hope you enjoyed this little warm up to the holidays, as it was fun too write. But I do have to ask you just one thing.
Please remember to give to charities, soup kitchens, and food banks this year as we celebrate this holiday season. Times are very though right now and they sure could use the kind donations as many people in our communities throughout America are not going too be celebrating the holidays unless we pitch in and make it happen.
Thank You for your kindness this Holiday Season! And in the words of a great comedian, (Red Skelton) Thank You And May God Bless, Goodnight.