“American children of many ethnic backgrounds celebrate [July 4th] in 1902 Puck cartoon…”
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(In a totally-unrelated side-note, Cary Grant and Jim Hutton sang the first verse – of My Country, ‘Tis of Thee – in the 1966 film “Walk, Don’t Run” – shown at left – “while simultaneously Grant and Samantha Eggar sang ‘God Save the Queen.'”)
Independence Day [commemorates] the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire.
To repeat that last part: What had been 13 American colonies “were no longer part of the British Empire.” Which is another way of saying that “things had changed,” and that change was exemplified by our singing My Country, ‘Tis of Thee, not God Save the Queen.
And now a word about Puck, the magazine…
The source of the cartoon at the top of the page – Puck – was the “first successful humor magazine in the United States of colorful cartoons, caricatures and political satire of the issues of the day. It was published from 1871 until 1918.”
Did you get that last? Political satire!
Which is another way of saying that any real American will always retain his or her sense of humor, up to and including the ability to laugh at himself. (Or herself.) And that’s another way of saying that no real American will ever be too thin-skinned to do his job. (Or hers.)
Not that that observation applies to current events or anything…
But before getting back on track, here’s a note for those who think emoticons were literally or figuratively “invented yesterday.” (Or at least only in this century.) The illustration at right is from the March 1881 edition of Puck magazine.
Which just goes to show that there’s nothing new under the sun. But now: Getting back on track…
Last July 5th, I posted On the Independent Voter.
The key point I made – last year at this time – was the growing refusal to compromise in politics, “and compromise is the keystone of a American democracy.” That in turn has led to the growth of black and white thinking. “Psychologists call that splitting, or ‘the failure in a person’s thinking to bring together the dichotomy of both positive and negative qualities of the self and others into a cohesive, realistic whole.'”
And that in turn has led to the growth of the “Independent voter,” and just in time…
That is, there seems to be a growing fallacy – among Conservatives – that they are the only real Americans. See for example Conservatives Who Believe in ‘Trumpism:”
The number of high-profile conservative commentators who enthusiastically support Donald Trump is relatively small. But the number of high-profile conservative commentators who enthusiastically support “Trumpism” is higher. Trumpism is the belief that Trump’s followers constitute the “real America” and that anyone who does not validate their grievances is an elitist who neither understands nor cares about ordinary folks.
Which leads to this “something to think about.” If the Founding Fathers had been Conservative, we wouldn’t be celebrating the Fourth of the July today, would we?
We’d all be singing “GOD SAVE THE *&^%$ QUEEN!”
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The upper image is courtesy of Independence Day (United States) – Wikipedia.
Re: Americans’ ability to laugh at themselves. See the quote from Desi Arnaz at American people have the ability to laugh at themselves: “American people have the ability to laugh at themselves. It is one of the things that makes this country the great country that it is.” See also Why Laughing at Yourself May Be Good for You.
Re: Nothing new under the sun. See also Ecclesiastes 1:9.
Re: Refusal to compromise. See The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It, and/or The Spirit of Compromise.