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Commentary :: War and Militarism
An Un-Patriotic July 4th
03 Jul 2013
Modified: 10:32:07 AM
My reflections on the hypocrisy of the July 4th
holiday. Aspire to un-patriotism.
An Un-Patriotic July 4
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An Un-Patriotic July 4
An Un-Patriotic July 4
An Un-Patriotic July 4
Hi peace and justice people,
Since the 4th of July is nearing, some reflections.
Was the American Revolution really revolutionary?
The founding fathers were all aristocratic white men-
no women, Native Americans, or African Americans,
were allowed to give input to The Declaration of Independence
or The Constitution--it appears what happened in 1776 was merely
a transfer of power from one group of aristocratic white men in London's
parliament to another group of aristocratic white men in the
American colonies.
Also , the war against Britain itself was fought mostly by poor
colonial farmers--they were the ones who killed and died in the
so called "Revolutionary" War--no Jeffersons, Franklins, or Adams
saw a moment at the front lines--even General George Washington
I am sure was never in any danger in the front lines of battle.
Not surprising, then as now, the poor are the ones who die in wars.
It is my firm belief that the dispute between the American Colonies
and England could have been resolved peacefully, if it weren't
for the sabre rattling hotheads in the colonies and British Parliament--
not one colonial farmer or British soldier had to die.
As they will fly the US jet fighters over the annual Boston Pops
Concert July 4th--at a cost of over $100,000 in jet fuel--an expensive
show of US militarism-I think about all the hungry and homeless people
that $100,000 could help.
My endless gratitude to the late Professor Howard Zinn for his
genius in writing "The Peoples History Of The United States", from
which much of the inspiration for what I have written in this blog stems.
As the British philosopher Samuel Johnson so eloquently
said: "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel."

Have an un-patriotic 4th,
Michael Borkson
Boston, Mass.
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