While I love my fellow Americans, and I love the ideals that our country was founded on, it is hard for me to celebrate the country the way I used to. It is no longer ... of the People, for the People, or by the People. It exists for the pleasure and power of the oligarchs in banking and oil. Anyone else is subject to them in ways they cannot begin to imagine, unless they've studied it a bit. But of course the media will make that difficult for you to learn. (Owned by the oligarchs as they are).
Even as I write, the cowards in congress cannot make the hard choices it is going to take to try & reverse our galloping debt. So we will default, and all those who hold that debt (read Chinese and middle east) are going to be furious with us. Those entities, might I remind you, have long range nuclear capacity. I don't know if they'd use it, but look what China did to protesters within their own country. So labor away people of the USA, give your money to the robber bank barons, and oil barons. They are cheating you more today than in 2008, and no one will join us to fight it. Sad, but true. We need a bit more Jefferson/Jackson/Lincoln in Washington today, less Hamilton. But even if the people woke up tomorrow, I don't know if they could stop what is coming. We need the money that is lining the pockets of the elite to go toward that debt, ... yesterday.
Oil is going up, the only reason it is down off of $4/gal right now is that the oil industry is deploying a "frog in water" policy. Progressing along a jagged course, we become accustomed to ever higher energy prices, even as it robs us of money we need for food and other necessities. We are not allowed to defend our own border, nor do we have the rights to most of our own national resources.
So do I celebrate? No. Not unless I see a huge swell of interest from the citizens of the failed State, the USA. If not, then 1984 is just a little bit late arriving. But I do love what my country was. It just ins't what it used to be.
Isn't THAT cheerful?