Dependence Day

Over the past couple decades (or so) the term 'Independence Day' has been slowly choked out by its counterpart '4th of July'. Coincidentally, through international free-trade, fossil fuel consumption, loss of domestic industrial production and the rise of consumerism as a (perceived) viable economic model, we have actually become less and less Independent. Fittingly, we stop calling it Independence Day when our debt is owned by China & UAE, our fuel sources are owned by Saudis, and our food is flown in from all over the world. (Note: Through the calamitous partnerships of agribusinesses like ConAgra and the supposed governing bodies like WTO, we effectively enslave farmers of developing nations through petroleum pesticides & GMO seeds that must be purchased annually)

We import the world and export our troops. This is Imperialism. The same Imperialism we declared our Independence from over 200 years ago. We have become the thing that we stood up against, the thing that stands in the way of true Nation Building, of social diversity and of Real Democracies. What's more, history shows us that Imperial states degrade the Oppressor as well as the Oppressed. We sacrifice more than our Moral High Road, but we lose a little piece of our nation when we choose to buy imported goods from cheap sweatshop labor. We lose a little piece of what great people once stood up for every time we fill our tanks with OPEC oil. We sell off a little piece of America every day we are still Energy Dependent, Food Dependent or Financially Dependent.

And all those little pieces we have sold off have added up. We are once again subservient to powerful Lords of Commerce: the NewsCorps, the Archer-Daniels-Midlands, the ConAgras, the Dow Chemicals, the Walt Disneys, the BPs and the Royal Dutch Shells. (of the top 10 largest corporations in the world in 2009, 7 are oil-based energy companies; the only non-oil, US based company is WalMart at #3.)

So go ahead and call it "The 4th": another day of the month. If Dependency is what you want, then look around because you have it. But if you ever wondered why the world has always looked up to this country, it is because they threw off their Imperial Oppressors. They did what no other colony in Africa, Asia or Australia could do: kick out European Imperialists and declare "Live Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness". This is why the world still admires America. It's not our fast cars, our tall buildings or our "Sacred Way of Life" (Other cars are now faster, other buildings are now taller and other lives are FAR more Sacred than this). It's the idea of revolting against the Imperial Boot on an oppressed people's neck. It's the concept of throwing off the chains of slavery of an invisible power in an Ivory Tower in another hemisphere. But lately, we have allowed ourselves to become that Ivory Tower; that oppressor fueled by the long tentacles of Imperial greed.

So I hereby declare, that Independence Day is dead. A holiday hijacked by greed and perverted by ignorance, celebrate your 4th of July: a shell of a holiday tucked under the wing of consumerism. We need a NEW Independence Day: one where we Declare or Independence from Oil, Independence from AgriFarming, Independence from Growth Economics. CEOs don't work for you. They answer to Stock Holders, not to consumers. We all vote with our dollars when we purchase goods & services and we vote everyday to keep these people in power.


Vote with Dollars for the things you believe in. Research where your products, your food or your energy comes from and make a stand with your money. If you think your Political Vote doesn't count, or you think that Political Means are useless for changing the structure of the system, fine. Go tell Rupert Murdoch or Thomas Falk to stuff it by boycotting the products they shove down our throats. Money talks and that is the ONLY way to get their attention (see: Boston Tea Party).

Declare your Independence. Because this holiday is a fucking joke.

1 comment:

Glorified Lunch Lady said...

Very well written and need I say, I whole heartedly agree. I was in Canada on "the fourth".