Independence Day was a great movie (yeah, it had its cheesy moments). The "one world" speech was good. And, yes, Iraqi, British, and other survivors worked together to defeat the alien aggressors.
Science Fiction novels, movies, and TV programs are a wonderful diversion. Sometimes we see life as we wish it could be today ...
July 4th, 2007 will have a new meaning for me this year. As we celebrate the 13 Colonies' brave act of defiance and its formation of the United State of America --- many Americans remain oblivious to the fact that the government has failed the American people. Our reputation, our civil rights, and the our trust in the integrity of the highest court in the land have been adversely changed.
Our government has:
Refused to ratify the Kyoto Accords
Arbitrarily withdrawn from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia
Tortured "enemy combatants"
Transported detainees to other countries to be tortured in secret American prisons
Transported detainees to other countries to be tortured and imprisoned
Redefined and reinterpreted the 50+ years old Geneva Conventions
Wire-tapped Americans' telephone calls without a proper judicial warrant
Suspended the most cherished civil right granted in the American Constitution --- habeas corpus
Overturned the important civil rights ruling --- Brown V. The Board of Education
Borrowed vast amounts of money from China and other countries to pay for a clusterphucked "war of choice"
Diverted troops from Afghanistan failing to find Osama Bin Laden and to crush the Taliban
Yes, Happy 4th of July.