This Independence Day comes at a disturbing time, with rights being trampled so that personal privileges can be maintained. Underpay people, denying them a decent life while enriching yourself. Require everyone to risk slaughter by madmen so you can protect yourself against imaginary threats. Take control over women’s bodies because they can’t be trusted to do what you think best.
But there is reason for hope. Because, while distorting our principles got us into this mess, those ideals also point the way out. If enough people exert themselves to get us back on track.