Jul. 10th, 2009

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Had this in my buffer, forgot to post it. It's not as refined as I was hoping, it's sort of must a brain dump.

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I admit, Independence Day is my favorite holiday. I further admit that on the hole, I'm fucking proud of my country and to be an American. You can say what you want about us, but overall, I think we do a damn fine job, and I'm glad to be here. I can't see myself ever living anywhere else for any extended periods of time.

The Fourth just makes me think about that a lot. About who I am, about the life I've lived, family, friends, everything. How the world would be different if we had failed in our little revolution. Some things would have certainly been better without our arrival, but by and large, I think we've made a net positive impact on the world.

That being said, I do have a list of things I want to see this country accomplish in the next 20 years, to make it even better:

* Legal and social equality for race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. We claim that "all men are created equal" and then we do things like ban two people who love eachother from marrying. Doesn't fit, for me.

* A stronger local government, reducing federal involvement in many issues. In my opinion, our federal government is too large and oversees too much.

* Increased visibility of the military. I want to see our forces off of base, participating in local events in their communities. I.e., helping out with Race for the Cure. I think our military is a valuable tool, but they lose a lot of their connection with the people they're meant to protect.

* Decrease federal spending on social programs like welfare, etc. I don't think the programs work. I'd rather see the money go into Social Security and the like: you put in, you take out. You don't put in, you get nothing.

* With money saved from reducing our social expenses, we should start doing things to bring jobs back home. I'm not quite sure how, but we should investigate and try.

* Increased focus on innovation and R&D. This country was a leader in most sciences for a number of decades, and has fallen behind. We have the money, people, and space, let's fix that.

* Decrease our dependence on the rest of the world. We should not depend on foreign oil, food, etc nearly as much as we do for the bare necessities.

* Make this country truly open, like it once was: all the "it's so hard to get a visa to come to the US" stuff should stop. Provide ways for illegals to become legal without all the rigmarole.

* Loosen up the nonsensical laws. Legalize marijuana, gun possession, lower the drinking age (or rescind it period).

I had more, other random things. I've lost them.

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