... From: The Greens Green Party USA To: Rita Sent: Monday, June 30, 2003 2:03 PM Subject: 4th of July
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, Jul 1, 2003
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From: "The Greens Green Party USA" <greenpartyusa@...>
To: "Rita" <treefrog@...>
Sent: Monday, June 30, 2003 2:03 PM
Subject: 4th of July Alternative
> Here's an email I just sent to friends and family
> about what to do this Independence Day. Just thought
> it was an idea you might want to pass along.
> Thanks for your good work. Keep at it.
> Christy Kennedy
> Lawrence, KS
> Hi everybody,
> The kids love fireworks and everybody likes a picnic.
> But this year I simply can not, in good conscience,
> enjoy any sort of flag waving event with Lee Greenwood
> blaring in the background, "I'm proud to be an
> American, where at least I know I'm free" while our
> government is responsible for so much suffering,
> misery, and ill will in so many other parts of the
> As a nation we have much to be proud of. But
> considering our long history of darker activities and
> the actions of the current administration, I've
> decided to call July 5th "Reparations Day."
> PASS IT ON.
> What follows is a letter I just sent to the Lawrence
> Journal-World. They have a 250 word limit and I felt
> compelled to use up many words in defense of
> dissenters, but here it is:
> To the Editor,
> I'm celebrating July 4th differently this year. It's
> not apathy, lack of patriotism, or the fireworks ban,
> but deep concern over the actions of our current
> I'm proud and grateful that our founding fathers stood
> up to injustice, fought to end British rule, and
> established a democracy. But now fabricated
> "intelligence" justifies "preemptive war." The
> "Patriot Act" undermines civil liberties. Bin Laden,
> Hussein and WMD have not been found, but countless
> civilians are dead and American soldiers are still
> dying almost daily. Objectives are not clear or
> morally sound, and meanwhile, policy-makers profit
> from resulting contracts. It all stinks of elitism,
> colonialism, and self-interest. The founding fathers
> must be spinning in their graves.
> 'Patriotism' or "Love of and devotion to one's
> country" and 'dissent,' "To differ in opinion or
> feeling; disagree" are not mutually exclusive. Those
> who question a dissenter's patriotism rather than
> participating in thoughtful debate do not uphold the
> ideals of of a democracy and might feel more
> comfortable in the ruling class of a more oppressive
> regime. The 4th would be just another day in July if
> the patriots of 230 years ago had exhibited blind
> faith in King George rather than thinking for
> I'm doing volunteer work on the 4th and am designating
> July 5th "Reparations Day." Pick a group, the list is
> long--we're sending donations to non-profits helping
> veterans and their families, and to humanitarian
> groups working in Iraq. We're priviledged to be
> Americans. We're also responsible.
> Christy Kennedy
> Lawrence, Kansas
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