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A personal post mostly for me.

I just finished watching the movie The Bubble. It is a love story of sorts – with a few twists. In just the first five minutes you have an Israeli soldier meeting a Palestinian man. The soldier tries to help deliver a baby at the checkpoint. Baby born a still-birth. Palestinian and soldier fall in love. Oh and by the way, the soldier is a man too.

It is a great movie. Stop reading this and go watch it.

I don’t believe in wars. I don’t believe in killing. The only war I want to fight is a war against fear. The fear of Arabs. The fear of Israelis. Of Iraqis, Afghanis, Americans, Blacks, Whites. Of gays, of straights, the fear of the right-wing, the fear of the left-wing. I want to rage the most stupendous war against fear without ever shedding one drop of blood. Tears will rage down like rivers as we realize that we are all one family. The cries that scream out in the night will be cries of apology for a time when we needlessly put up boundaries between us. Children will be dumbstruck with the history we tell of a time when there was an ‘us-vs.-them’ mentality throughout the world.

That is the only type of war I want to wage.

It is strange – and appropriate – that I write this on the 4th of July. America was founded by outcasts seeking a life away from oppression. Maybe we can all shed this oppression of fear we place on ourselves. Wouldn’t that be the best present we could give our country … no, not our country – our world … and ourselves.

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Confederates at the 4th of July parade?

Did you know Brandon, Florida has Florida’s largest 4th of July parade?  It’s true!  In fact, our governor, Mr. Rick Scott (aka Lord Voldemort) was planning on being a part of our little shin dig up until the Thursday before.  He cancelled because he was afraid of protesters.  It is a testament to his horrible job rating when a republican governor can’t even come to the BRANDON 4th of July parade … but I digress.

What I really wanted to discuss was another group who actually did show up this past Monday.  The Sons and Daughters of the Confederacy have long marched in our parade.  This year I was struck by the realization that these people are celebrating the fact that their ancestors tried to overthrow our Republic.  The 4th is the day when our country comes together, leaving behind the rich and poor dividing lines, the republican and democratic ideology and celebrate the fact that we are a free, united nation.

So why were these people marching in this parade?  They had several flags, but none of which were the American republic flag.  These people were not celebrating our free and united nation, they were clinging to a group that tried, unsuccessfully, to tear our nation apart.

What are your thoughts?  Appropriate or not?

(See my rant on the Confederate Battle Flag, which was also in abundance at the parade.)

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