Two Moments of 2019 Nostalgia
There will be no official fireworks exploding across the skies to celebrate our country’s 244th birthday. The video is from 2019, St. Helen’s small-town fireworks show. Be forewarned: if you don’t like bagpipes, listen with the sound off. If you love bagpipes, by all means, crank up the volume!
Our nation is more divided than I can recall in my lifetime, this struck me as a worthwhile time to consider our origins and where we want to go.
|The USA’s only true non-immigrants. |
Image from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_American_Indian_Memorial
Before there was “the United States” our vast land was inhabited by Native Americans. Then Europeans arrived,* virtually wiping out the native populations with no resistance to their diseases. Territorial wars further dwindled their populations.
|Much of our country’s economy was built on the backs of slavery.|
Of the 585,800 immigrants to the thirteen colonies during the years 1700-1775, about 52,200 were convicts and prisoners (9 percent of the total). During these same years, slaves by far constituted the largest group of immigrants (278,400; 47%), followed by people arriving with their freedom (151,600; 26%) and indentured servants (96,600; 18%)…. Almost three quarters of all the people arriving in the American colonies during this time period did so without their freedom. — Anthony Vaver, author of Anthony Vaver, author of Early American Criminals and Bound with an Iron Chain: The Untold Story of How the British Transported 50,000 Convicts to Colonial America
We could pretend we are not responsible, that we were not yet the United States—except it took 89 years and a bloody civil war for the US to abolish slavery in 1865. Societally, 155 years later, we still have a long way to go.
American Revolution Was Really a Trade War
|The Boston Tea Party|
The three big events that led up to the American Revolution were
- Boston Massacre of 1770, when 5 colonists died after being shot by soldiers breaking up a mob that gathered over a trivial personal dispute that escalated.
- 1772 burning of British customs schooner, HMS Gaspee.
- 1773 when colonists destroyed British imported Indian tea because they were irate the untaxed tea was getting an unfair trade advantage. In retaliation, Brittain stripped the colony’s right to self-rule.
|Benjamin Franklin signing the US Declaration of Independence.|
We celebrate the day the Declaration of Independence was signed, July 4, 1776. The actual war wasn’t considered over until 7 years later, in 1783.
Of these top 10 advances in medical history, America played a pivotal role in 6:
- William T. G. Morton: anesthesia during surgery
- Ramond Daman Damadian medical imaging: MRI
- Dr Joseph Murray and Dr David Hume organ transplants
- ativiral vaccines
- Dr. William B. Coley immunotherapy
- AI’s role in medical diagnosis and treatment
|USA was the biggest contributor to the World Health Organization. Will we continue to be?|
Key Role in Ending Nazism
|D-Day, the WW2 invasion of Normandy, France.|
image from Schriever Air Force Base
Immigration: A New Place to Call Home
|Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, New York.|
|US-Mexico border wall.|
A Call to Action
|George Floyd protest by the White House|
Freedom is Still Elusive for People of Color
George Floyd’s death at the foot of a police officer sparked a call for racial equity that is still reverberating. Today, Blacks suffer from racial profiling, compromised healthcare, and economic inequality—lives filled with violence, compromised and untimely death, and generational poverty.
What changes are you making to help our country live up to our Declaration of Independence preamble?
If nothing else . . .
|image credit: Pixabay|
My hope for 2021 4th of July is for a more unified United States, one where we focus more on what unites rather than divides us.
| I wish you a safe and satisfying celebration,|
and a 2021 Independence Day we are more proud of than this years.image credit: https://www.pxfuel.com/en/free-photo-jltdm
We are anchored off Sauvie Island (N45 47.433 W122 47.197).
|Shaver tug off Sauvie Island, doing their part for the 4th of July festivities.|
Last year we went to St. Helens to watch the fireworks. This year, as with most places, the fireworks display in St. Helen was canceled in fear of spreading COVID-19.
We will test out our expired flares in a safe place tonight.