America; The Good, the Bad & the United

Source: American Consequences
by Kim Iskyan

‘In a country obsessed with patriotism, July Fourth is like the icing on the icing for Americans who have Bruce Springsteen song lyrics tattooed on their chests … and for whom a well-rounded meal is a red, white, and blue apple pie washed down with a cold Budweiser in their pickup truck with an eagle stenciled on the side. I’m stereotyping, of course, and (kind of) joking. And the rest of us will give America a happy birthday in our own way this weekend, with burnt burgers and the smell of sparklers in the sky. America isn’t perfect … But it’s pretty good. And I’m thinking a lot about this now, as I just moved back to the U.S.” (07/02/21)