In-Dependence, We Trust (?) 

America was founded by a bunch of forward thinking iconoclasts who had had enough of subjugation, persecution and little or no representation in the affairs of government. This much we all know. That a war was fought to bring an end to the prevailing paradigm is also common knowledge. And as most of us know - but may not choose to acknowledge - America became, after years of evolution, a nation that subjugated, persecuted and left without representation her own citizens. From a country accepting any and all comers (when deemed viable and necessary for the industrial and economic growth of the nation), America became a country that practiced exclusion - even of those from other countries fleeing persecution and subjugation by their governments - denying entrance to those afflicted by the same practices America's Founders fought to escape. 

Hmmm....

America's expansion and wild growth during its "golden era" was fueled by foreign labor - Chinese railway workers, Irish miners, Italian masons, Mexican farm workers. And of course the rich got richer and the poor remained poor and subjugated and persecuted. But this is not a specifically American trait, is it? It's a uniquely human behavior. Everyone feels a little better about themselves if they have someone to look down on, no?

Hmmm....

So a nation that was created and sustained, it could be reasonably argued, by the trust of and dependence on helpers from foreign countries became intolerant and mean, parsimonious, and callous to the needs of other humans seeking a better life for themselves and their families. 

This July 4th, while we celebrate the birth of this nation, perhaps we might give a moment's thought to how much we have all depended on help from those who look different than we do, who talk different than we do, who believe in different fairy tales than we do.... 

We here at the House Of Strays wish you a contemplative week....

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