Memorial Day: As originally intended should find us mourning the loss and celebrating the lives of those who have lain down their lives in defense of the US Constitution and our American way of life, but the unfortunate betrayal of the high principles of that document by self serving politicians and the Plutocracy behind them, buying the various offices they occupy, has seen this holiday reduced to an irreverent Bacchanalia, prematurely heralding the coming of summer. There are those who do memorialise the Fallen, but as I have witnessed those memorials, they are thinly disguised rallies for the Powers that Be and their minions for whom the Constitution is an obstacle in any case where it doesn’t further their business interests, their religious agenda or the preservation of their elevated status achieved through a pernicious accumulation of wealth. Women who dare to assert their equality, former slaves fighting off the shackles of a convention discredited before the Constitution was written, homosexuals whom have been the victims of a sexual double standard for eons and children born into a world that cares not one iota for the powerlessness of their struggle but does care for how that struggle can be used to further their own interests: these are the casualties of an undeclared war; a war that has been fought, ironically, in the name of a God of love.
I understand that in terms of abilities we are not equals, but assert that the value of our accumulated abilities does make us equal. Jealousy and envy when overcome by empathy and understanding leave any animosity we might have for one another dashed on the rocks of the new shore we find ourselves on and frees us to pursue an existence of mutual fortune.