Today was kind of an odd Independence Day for me. For the first time in my life, I had no celebrations to attend, and I wasn’t sure how much I felt like celebrating anyway. Our country just seems incredibly screwed up right now, and the revelations that the government is constantly spying on us didn’t particularly surprise me, but they did make me pretty depressed. But I cheered up a bit when I found out that thousands of Americans all over the country gathered in cities today to protest the NSA’s abuses of power and to promote the 4th amendment. I wish I could have stood with them. I was listening to the Talking Heads’ “People Like Us” earlier today, and though they say that
“We don’t want freedom, we don’t want justice, we just want someone to love”
it doesn’t seem to be true. We DO want freedom, and we DO want justice, and most people probably also want someone to love. Happy Birthday, America.