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I woke up this morning with three things on my mind: 1.) There’s a heat advisory in Pittsburgh for July 4th, 2.) Trump is still president dammit, 3.) the Jimi Hendrix version of Star Spangled Banner and what he told Dick Cavitt about it later. (“I thought it was beautiful”)

Oh, and now that President Softy is about to nominate some hard ass conservative loyalist who will have his back as he manipulates what power he has to make him and his family rich at our expense, it’s time for us to revisit what we believe as Americans, because that nominee is going to be the antithesis to all that the non super rich find good. I could be wrong. The Federalist judges might be sleepers who will grow a heart while on the court. But I wouldn’t count on it.

So I’m refreshing my credo because maybe it’s a good thing for all of us, no matter who we voted for, to think about what being an American really means. You can read my old credo on the tab above. I still stand by that.

Here’s the first thing I believe:

I believe in the common good. I believe Americans can accomplish great things when we watch each other’s backs and help each other take risks without fear of the lifetime consequences of failure.


I believe in freedom of religion and freedom FROM religion. I believe that no American should be forced to live by the tenets of someone else’s faith. I believe that the expectation of ethical behavior and good citizenship is universal for all Americans and exists independently of religion.


I believe that no man or woman, regardless of wealth, situation in life or office, is above the law. I believe that to have one set of laws and harsh punishment for most citizens and another set of laws and no punishment for a different group of citizens is unAmerican. I believe that justice should be fair to everyone, that punishment should fit the crime and that no human being should be considered unworthy of humane treatment or due process.

Now it’s your turn.

And here’s that clip of Jimi at Woodstock and his comments to Dick Cavitt. I believe his rendition is beautiful. And so is Colin Kaepernack’s.

Happy July 4th, Everyone! I love you all.




If you have time, check out #secondcivilwarletters on Twitter. Hilarious.

Here’s a sample:

On second thought, don’t start reading them unless you are not responsible for anything else today.

15 Responses

  1. Happy Independence Day, everypony!

  2. More serious now:

  3. Honor code. Norms. America as a country by and large in its governing principles had inculcated those values into the mainstream. She did it because it was the right thing to do. No laws or penalty were required to force the person who aspires to leadership to show that they will abide by these values. People have lost sight of what is the right thing to do and what America stands for. We need some new ideas and new leaders to bring back balance because we don’t see it in the media and definitely not with the rich and powerful who have abandoned all ideals that built America. I hope people reflect on that on this 4th of July — independence from 21st century tyranny of the misfits.

  4. One of the 2CW letters, this one from Michelle Laven:

    Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
    She is pissed as hell at Donald and his in-bred underlords;
    She will trample all the Red Hats ‘til the White House is restored:
    Her truth is Science-based! #secondcivilwarletters

    She certainly does look pissed.

  5. Another one, from Magorn: 😉

    Mi Hermana,
    I and the rest of the valiant 81st Puerto Rican PaperToweleers were captured today. Our captors keep shouting “La Migra” thinking it frightens us. Tomorrow we plan to escape after their heads explode when we explain we are US citizens.

  6. From The Daily Banter:

    Celebrate America’s Birth: Tell a Trumper to Go to Hell! 😈


  7. I disagree with Point 5, but the rest are all too true. 😡

  8. I love the way Jimi and Marvin embraced “The Star-Spangled Banner” in a new way, delivering with heart and passion. Happy 4th, Riverdaughter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNydcwDriuU

  9. Off-topic: Maybe honey badger should give a shit? 😛


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