Good Morning All,
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July, everyone!
Don’t let this Trumpy martial bs drag down your celebration of this amazing country and our intellectual and constitutional inheritance. Celebrate and live the Enlightenment values of our founding, but never be satisfied with how far we’ve come when we have so much further to go.
When our values were forged, it was on the bones and breathing, resisting, ignored bodies of natives, slaves, women, the poor, and the different, but we have slowly managed to re-define “us” to include ever-more types of people. This great challenge is not complete as we now work to entrench and expand our new understandings of race, gender, sexuality, culture, and class, and to discover and free those who’ve been kept down or extinguished but are invisible to “ the whole”.
We have to win 2020 and win big, there is no choice but to defend ourselves from this cancerous Confederate resurgence. Rule or Ruin is weakening our partisan side, yes, but that ideology is really hobbling us as a Nation in our most challenging and consequential battle, Climate Change. We all stand to lose from this lost opportunity, especially if other countries figure out a solution and leave our industry in the dust of our mined-coal mountains.
Lost in all our focus on political donations and activity is the good work that these and so many other charities and non-profits do everyday. I know that the changes in tax laws has affected charitable giving negatively in many cases, so I encourage you to think global, national, state, and local today, and find a few good causes to donate a little scratch.
Should we lose in 2020 and our nightmares substantiate, we need these other forces in our world, big and small, to be empowered and supported. Celebrate our Nation’s birthday by strengthening it!
Have a great 4th, see you tomorrow.