Mark your calendars for the Anti-Fourth-of-July

November 26, 2011 | By | 6 Replies More

Mark your calendars for The Fourth-of-January, the antipode of The Fourth-of-July.

The Fourth-of-January will be a new national date of remembrance.  This new occasion will be about the United States of America, but there won’t be any fireworks and it’s not going to be a happy occasion. In fact, as happy as the Fourth-of-July is, the Fourth-of-January will be the diametric opposite. Citizens will somberly recognize the Fourth-of-January by gathering together to watch mock funerals wind through their city centers, where they will mourn the death of democracy. An American flag will be placed prominently on the hearse, serving as a symbol of the deceased.

On the Fourth-of-January, American citizens will actually bury these American Flags to recognize the fact that ordinary citizens of the United States have no  meaningful input in how their federal government is run. At the destination of the funeral procession, citizens will carve these words onto the tombs:

Here lies Old Glory, destroyed by Citizens United and by the unwillingness politicians to pass a Constitutional Amendment and enabling laws to remove private money from the American political system.

The Fourth-of-January will be a day when people consciously refrain from reading The United

States Constitution, lest they become deluded that federal politicians are public servants of ordinary citizens.  It will be a day when, instead, mourners read proclamations that the existence of vast amounts of money in the political system has made it impossible to meaningfully debate even the simplest of political issues. It will be a day when Americans recognize that big corporate money has turned America’s politicians into  psychopaths.  It will be a day when Americans remind themselves that their every year their politicians spend more tax dollars to air-condition soldiers’ tents in the Middle East than they allocate for the total budget of NASA, to explore the mysteries of outer space.

The Fourth-of-January will be a date when Americans consider  renaming of all of their major holidays based on fact that quest for corporate profits now dominate all celebrations, and that America’s news media celebrates this fact. On the Fourth-of-January, Americans will recognize that, contrary to the will of the People, America has become unstoppably addicted to warmongering, and that it has become a nation that doesn’t treasure safe food, medicine, chemicals, air and water.  It has become a nation that allows big banks, fossil fuel companies, telecoms and insurance companies to write national laws that cause massive financial damages to the People. On this new Day of Remembrance, Americans will pause for a moment of silence to recognize the brutalizing and almost unstoppable financial and political power of America’s corporate-military-prison-industrial-Complex.

The Fourth-of-January will recognize that laws passed contrary to the wishes of the majority of citizens have resulted in sub-standard schools, catastrophic national debt, state sponsored torture, spying on citizens, governmental secrecy and abuses inflicted on citizens and journalists who are attempting to exercise their Constitutional rights.  On the Fourth-of-January Americans will recognize that their highest court has become deaf to the needs of the People, and that the “rule of law” is rapidly becoming available only to those of significant financial means. The Fourth-of-January is a day when we warn our grade school children that much of what they are reading in their American civics textbooks is stunningly false.

The Fourth-of-January will be celebrated every year unless and until the corrupting force of private money is removed from the American political system.

[Photo credits:  Derivative work funeral photo by Erich Vieth, incorporating flag photo by Tarajane at (with permission) and Original funeral photo, which is a public domain work.  Corporate flags photo by Erich Vieth, photo taken at the 2011 downtown St. Louis Fourth of July celebration].


Category: American Culture, Corporatocracy, Corruption, Fraud, hypocrisy, Media, Patriotism/Nationalism

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. grumpypilgrim says:

    The thing I find most troubling about the S.Ct. decision in Citizens United is not the destruction it has caused to campaign contribution limits, but rather the secrecy it has fostered over whether those contributions are even coming from U.S. citizens. It’s bad enough if the Koch brothers buy our elections, it’s worse if some foreign billionaire does so and we can’t even find out about it.

    • Edgar Montrose says:

      Further to that; (1) that the Supreme Court could not foresee quid pro quo arising from the Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, and (2) now that it has, they are unable to recognize it.

      Is there any group of people more out of touch with reality than the US Supreme Court?

    • Erich Vieth says:

      Edgar: I see it more nefariously. I think they see it as a means to an end. The Court intends to save the U.S. by putting decision-making into the hands of the monied class.

    • Edgar Montrose says:

      Time will tell, I guess. Perhaps Hanlon’s Razor applies; there are various forms, but the one that I like best is: “Never ascribe to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence.”

    • Erich Vieth says:

      Thanks, Edgar. I hadn’t heard that that saying had a name. I do like it. Fits in neatly with Arendt’s banality of evil. She says that most of the worst evil in the world is caused by LACK of thought.

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