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Freedom

It’s Time to Take Freedom Seriously

In these days of coronoavirus, we need to be a little more grateful for what we have — left.

Fourth of July is our nation’s birthday where we celebrate our independence from the British in 1781. It’s a day when citizens shouldn’t ever have to hold back on all that barbecue, beer, and fire.

You go naked on Bubba’s shoulders at Ozarkian pool parties. You revel in bottle rockets at 2 am because, yeah, who gives a damn? And you go ahead and tottle guns without wearing a mask. What better way to celebrate any day than act like idiots with rights?

But on this day, in this age, and in this pandemic, we have do much on our plate that threatens our way forward.

Uncertainty is a mental quarantine a bike ride can remedy only so often. The same can be said for zoom, NBA Championships from the Bush Administration, and “entertainment” about a celebs Twitter snipes that you couldn’t even pretend to give a damn about either.

Yet, before this pandemic, we were just so sure about everything, and when you’re certain, you’re free. For instance, take the institution of family. The “idea” of raising kids is a dream awash in a donut-like glaze. The newly married foresee the sweet twinkles in the eyes of their imagined tots and think that’s the way that life will be.

But when kids come, everything those parents believed is cracked by 3 am cries for feedings and perpetual exhaustion.

But in this pandemic, and on this Fourth of July, how should we think about our freedoms? Uncertainty is a mental quarantine a bike ride can remedy only so often.

They rarely see friends. No more hanging out in microbreweries with the crew talking ballers, bourbon, and smokers. Instead, in the heat of summer, new moms and dads run hot and annoyed having to regulate screentime, find virtual camps, and perpetually say “KNOCK IT OFF!”

What we can’t seem to knock is climate change, which will also knock our freedoms.

While greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere, the human race hurtles toward an apocalypse by a combo of heat, drought, hurricanes, fire, floods, famine, and even farts-from cows. It’s quite a list.

Unless we remove carbon from the said atmosphere, there is no American autonomy is no more. Science tells us, for instance, civilization as we know it, will fall as sea levels rise up to 200 feet by 2100. Alledegedly earth will be uninhabitable. But just think about the boating opportunities. I know. Amazing!

But these days, institutions that provide freedoms are slowly eroding by the likes of the president and his cronies. Take Michael Flynn, for example. He flexed his rogueness by working with Russia and Turkey as an unregistered foreign agent. Right now, he may get off scot-free by the justice department finagling the legal system.

I mean, if Michael Flynn goes free, doesn’t it raise questions like can anyone just skirt the law? Can anyone now do whatever the hell they want? Can my network do that?

And therein lies a warning. Even in our healthcare crisis, so many people say screw stay-at-home orders as epidemiologists advise stay safe and stay home.

Dr. Fauci dedicated his life to understanding the nature of disease to save lives. He’s been itching for days like these. This is Fauci’s moment, and in many ways, it always will be. The way out is to follow him, for, in this administration, he’s the sole beacon to liberty around here.

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However, when the leader of the free world keeps doc in the shadows and then calls coronavirus “Kung flu”, Americans’ uncertainty sticks. And we spend what was days, into weeks, and now months asking whether life will resume any sense of normalcy? Can I stop sanitizing snack bags, will baseball ever again be baseball. And, by the way, what day is it anyway?

The truth is Fauci should be the one under the media’s microscope, not the president.

Fauci is right. Even on the day when we’re supposed to celebrate independence, we’re cuffed by the virus. And we cannot let Covid-19 drown our national morality in political will and pool parties.

We should celebrate what we have as a country to voluntarily restrain our inner impulses to flaunt alternative facts and peddle false narratives.

We’ll all be better off when we’re a nation of skeptics. We’ll never trump anything if some act like all is grand in a church, elbow to elbow, with pocketed masks, and unhinged attitudes.

If that’s your racket, I say enjoy it. Enjoy those long drives across the heartland. Enjoy the liberty you exercise sleeping on a sidewalk in make-shift quarters built from Walmart products. Enjoy those rallies all you can.

All I know is, on this July 4th, think to the future, to November, where we’ll exercise our most privileged freedom — freedom to vote.

Whether we go to the polls or go postal, we’ll elect a president and do our bidding down the ballot. To win, each candidate across the political spectrum will need every vote, something rally-goers will find hard to support from refrigerated trucks. But hey, look at the bright side. They won’t have to deal with the lines.

Happy Fourth Everyone!

Fourth of July is our nation’s birthday to celebrate our independence from the British in 1781. And in Fourths past, it’s a day when citizens shouldn’t hold back on all that bar-b-que, beer, and fire.

You go naked on Bubba’s shoulders at Ozarkian pool parties. You revel in fireworks at 2am because, yeah, who gives a damn about sleep? And go ahead and tottle guns without wearing a mask. Be like all the other idiots with rights.

Because no one is really all that free to begin with and we need to start celebrating the freedoms we have dammit. There is only so much uncertainty about the future a person can take. The same can be said for all things zoom, watching NBA Championships from the Bush Administration, and anything from my entertainment feed about someone saying something to someone else.

Our country is founded upon the idea that you can make it here by fulfilling the bind of responsibility that is hard work — a principle with poorly calculated considerations.

Take the institution of family. The “idea” of raising kids is a dream awash in a donut-like glaze. The newly married foresee the sweet twinkles in the eyes of their imagined tots. And even though it’s a moment for hope, it’s also navel gazing.

Because once those kiddos come, parents are caught by the magnitude of it all. You’re up for 3am feedings. You’re exhausted all the time. You rarely see friends. No more hanging out in microbreweries with the crew and talking about smokers. How can you when, in the heat of July, new moms and dads run hot and annoyed having to repeat, “eat your vegetables”, “put that down”, and “KNOCK IT OFF!” The only time you’re truly free of it is when you die.

After all, the nature of life is advancement through the bind of responsibility, which is, more often a mis-calculated consideration.

And not every situation is the same. Some have it harder than others. This makes equality and structural reform essential in education, public services, and healthcare. But it’s also a bit of a misnomer, so show some restraint.

Look black and brown have been shackled, taxed, blocked, and bullied by the stubborn will of whiteness for four hundred years. So even if they were treated as equal as equal as can be, their rage just doesn’t suddenly just go away. And why would it?

The question is, once it’s all said and done, will the anger ever go away. After the police issue is resolved, confederacy is cleared, and folks get the care they need, you can only hope these communities have a brighter, happier, and healthier outlook.

Speaking of changing climates, climate change will restrain our lifestyle more and more with each passing year. While greenhouse gases grow in the atmosphere, the human race hurtles toward an epic apocalyptic ending by either heat, drought, hurricanes, fire, floods, famine, and even farts-from cows.

And unless we remove carbon from the atmosphere, there is no escape. Science tells us civilization as we know it will fall to a wall of water, wind, fire or even a combo of these while hungry, thirsty, and wearing dirty underwear. Sure, you can try to go commando, but the constraints of filthy boxer briefs have its privileges.

But there are other matters that give pause to consider how what, or whom, grants those freedoms.

Michael Flynn flexed his rogueness by working with Russia and Turkey as an unregistered foreign agent. Right now, he may get off scott free by finagling the legal system.

Why bother with due process when all it takes is a few phone calls from higher-ups to practically skip your way out of a courtroom.

I mean, if Michael Flynn goes free, what new found questions are raised? How can the law be broken? How can we stand for this? How can I get a network like that?

Even in our healthcare crisis, so many people say screw stay-at-home orders as epidemiologists advise stay home. However, so many of us are fighting to get out so we ban their words from the best sources.

Dr. Fauci dedicated his life to understanding the nature of disease to save lives. He’s been itching for days like these. This is Fauci’s moment, and in many ways, it will always be. Right now, he’s the sole beacon to liberty.

However, when the leader of the free world calls coronavirus “Kung flu” and keeps Fauci from pressers, Americans freak out at home uncertain about whether life will resume any sense of normalcy. As it stands I wonder if baseball will be baseball. That, and what day it is.

The truth is Fauci should be the one under the media’s microscope, not the president.

Fauci is right. Even on the day when we’re supposed to celebrate independence, we’re cuffed by the virus. And we cannot let Covid-19 drown our national morality in political will and pool parties. We’ve worked too hard for all we have.

The American Revolution was about patriots who sacrificed their lives for freedom. And yet, on this holiday, there are no parades and no barbeques. Maybe your at a byobbbq bubble and likely without corn hole. What a bummer.

The way to celebrate what we have as a country is to voluntarily restrain our inner impulses to flaunt alternative facts and peddle false narratives.

Sure, Trumpers think they’re safe and fancy-free in a church, elbow to elbow, with pocketed masks, and unhinged attitudes.

I say enjoy it. Enjoy those long drives across the heartland. Enjoy the liberty you exercise sleeping on a sidewalk in make-shift quarters built from Walmart products. Enjoy those rallies all you can.

All I know is, in November, we’ll exercise our most privileged freedom and take to the polls to elect a president. Needless to say, to win, each candidate will need every vote, something Trump’s base will find hard to give from refrigerated trucks.

But hey, look at the bright side. They won’t have to deal with the lines.

Enjoy your Fourth!

Published in The Boston Globe Magazine; Trying to figure it all out by expressing ideas, fears, hopes, and dreams; I have a dog, a very influential dog. Very.

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