Happy Fourth to everyone!
At the risk of becoming a nag, I’m going to repeat last year’s plea for patriotism and hope my readers will indulge me 🙂
It’s an election year and therefore I feel especially grateful to live in a place where transfer of power is peaceful, where there are no weapons needed at polling places. Yes, there are problems with our system of voting, absolutely. But we are lucky that in no way do the problems involve AK-47s.
The oath of office that our new president, whoever he may be, will take, is to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” That’s what we’re celebrating today — our constitution and our right to amend it. That first amendment? Freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
I work in TV, so trust me when I tell you that your local network nightly news is no longer driven by the egalitarian desire to serve viewers, but by a vertically integrated corporate need to serve the bottom line. I depend on NPR to deliver my news without a corporate parent and the accompanying corporate bias. If NPR isn’t your bag, that’s fine — but perhaps you could challenge yourself to become educated about where your news comes from, and whether the purpose of the news you consume is to serve the public or to serve a corporate bottom line.
I depend on my local NPR affiliate, KPCC, to keep me informed but also to keep me engaged and entertained on my long commute and, yes, sometimes while knitting. Today my act of gratitude and patriotism will be supporting KPCC by making a donation. Whatever your personal views, take a moment today to think about what we’re celebrating and try and express your gratitude in whatever way appeals to you.