For me... July 4th has now become a hollow celebration represented in the iconization of two things: mobs eating dead animals and brutes trespassing on everyone else's space with loud "bangs & booms" from fireworks.
I really dislike them more each year... They put my peaceful home in the center of what sounds like a battlefield! I hate the noise - So does every nonhuman member of my family! I can't imagine what it must be like for all the birds, possums, raccoons and others of US who don't like being assaulted with a nonstop barrage of explosions!
I'm also edgy that over this weekend billions of folks will gather round a fire, to char a piece of someone else... Perhaps even a whole someone else?- A piglet, bird or baby lamb on the spit? They will do this as an "honor" to "freedom"... But this freedom is hollow. It neglects justice to those who would most benefit from it's gifts.
I am not free because
All are not free!
There are still Others who pay the price of blissful ignorance, cruel domination... And frivolous "traditions"!
The more I think of it... Eating animals and fireworks have much in common with each other: They violate the rights of others. They have safety risks. And both are clearly not necessary!
There are alternatives to fireworks.
There are ethical remedies to nonhuman enslavement.
And dietary choices that extend fair treatment to All.
And for those feeling particularly patriotic today: There are even political options...
And because I embrace justice, I also think it's unAmerican...
The day may come, when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withholden from them but by the hand of tyranny.
Happy 4th... And please live consistent with your values - Go Vegan.