There’s a lot to get angry about with things political, and I certainly add my share of angst to the ire. In the last week, there’s been enough “commentary” about the SCOTUS decisions to strike down DOMA and California’s Proposition 8 to fill quite a few volumes. During that same time, President Obama’s speech about climate change, which was dubbed “the best by any president ever” by almost-President Al Gore, was aired in full only by the one cable network that has a stake in the game: The Weather Channel. And just this morning, I read about some silly Republicans in Arizona who want to make high schoolers quote an oath promising to defend the constitution in order to receive their diplomas.
But sometimes, it’s good to just set everything like that aside and take a few moments to remember why we all get so vexy and miffilated at each other. July 4th, being the birthday of our country, seems like as good a time as any (and perhaps better than most) to do that.
Personally, I like to take a few moments to watch the piece of dramatic magic by Penn & Teller in the video clip below. They do so a great job of both showing and saying why this country is so great, even with all its flaws and heated debates. If you have a few moments, I encourage you to watch it as well.
If you have some other way of clearing the political dross, please share in the comments below.