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This scene from Chatham, Massachusetts, which I call “Tethered Steeple” could also be titled “Tethered Flag.” This morning I passed the Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Department, en route home from having kayaked to the Fishing Bridge and back. Our firemen had created their Memorial Day sign: “HOME OF THE FREE, BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE.”
Regular NJWILDBEAUTY readers know my grave concern for citizens’ rights in our land. My immediate thought, upon seeing that noble firehouse sign this morning was, “Well, they all seem to have died in vain.”
I worry a great deal about what our Founding Fathers must think of vanished liberty in so-called America. About everyone’s being treated as a criminal in airports, and now even in museums and theatres (Manhattan, not yet in Princeton).
I am particularly devastated that land, –even that preserved in perpetuity-, is being punctured already with PIPELINE pipes of hideous yellow – color of 21st-Century tyranny.
This land is no longer OUR LAND, as the lovely song insisted when we were fighting our own government to end the Vietnam War. “…and all around us, a voice was singing, this land was made for you and me.” Reality seems to me, “this land was made for fossil fuels!”
The fossil fuel industry would have it otherwise, as would many so-called ecological organizations, significantly funded by those whose motto is “Drill, Baby, Drill!”, (referred to by the brilliant author, Naomi Klein, as ‘Big Green.’ (This Changes Everything — Capitalism vs. the Climate”.)
I don’t know what the rest of you do to counter these dire trends. What would George and Ben and John and Abigail and Thomas (Paine) and Thomas (Jefferson) have done, faced with the restrictions and constrictions of liberty in our times?
Please note how many of my excursion pictures seem to be taken in high winds… We should stop blaming the situation of ‘climate change’, and begin accurately targeting fossil fuel magnates, politicians bought by them, the organizations founded by and funded by them, who permit the continued ruination of our country, our Planet.
Memorial Day used to be called ‘Decoration Day.’ It was created to honor Civil War dead, and there were supposedly two different such days, — one for the North and one for the South. Somehow they were, –after a suitable lapse of time–, merged into Memorial Day.
As children, families went to the family graveyards, honoring deceased relatives. We did not, but many did, [and in Salem and Cumberland Counties of New Jersey, many still do], have a memorial meal at the grave site. When we visited, we cleaned the graves, weeded, watered, brought new flowers, and parents reminisced. Our ancestors lived on through these rituals.
Turns out we were ‘doing it wrong,’, as this day is supposed to be about honoring those who died in war for our country.
“HOME OF THE FREE, BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE.”
Let’s KEEP it that way. Write legislators, editors, heads of ruinous Fossil Fuel organizations. There is a Women’s movement, called “Take Back the Night.”
We need to pledge OUR lives, OUR fortunes, OUR sacred honor, if there is any such entity in these troubled times.
We need a TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY mentality. Our land needs to be OUR land again.