Happy Independance Day, y’all.
You’re hearing it from me a little early because instead of editing MyFDL tomorrow, I’ll be with Occupy Austin for our Occupy Your Capitol event. We start at 9am at the Texas State Capitol and spend all day learning, sharing food & music, and writing our own Declaration of Independence using the same process as the Philadelphia National Gathering.
Like David Byrne in the song, I love America. These days I often actually feel patriotic. That wasn’t always so; I am a cynic about our government and even our whole political system. I don’t believe elections will make a difference. I don’t think anyone in power has or ever will have my interests at heart until we make radical changes.
It is Occupy, and all the other rich, recently tapped veins of activism and direct action that make me feel this way. What I love about this country is its people: the ones who are awake, the ones who stand up and speak and are unafraid — or do not let their fear keep them quiet. We might not always agree on the solutions, but we know things have to change.
What makes you feel patriotic (or not)?
P.S. I will liveblog tomorrow’s events here as much as possible, but follow me on Twitter for the most complete coverage.
What’s on your mind? This is our latest open thread.