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July 1, 2014

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As I’ve been racing to meet July 1 deadlines, it hit me that Independence Day is just around the corner. As much as I hate sun and heat, this holiday holds a special place in my heart because of the awesomeness it represents — food, fellowship, and freedom.

Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident…

Some years found me in Coast Guard uniform alternating patrols with public education and barbecue with my shipmates. Some years found me spending the 4th of July in the pool and the 5th of July under a layer of aloe. One year my family came out to celebrate my first house with fireworks that are banned in their home state. Another year found me drinking soda with Mormon missionaries as the neighborhood barbecue was winding down. Last year I was volunteering with one of my favorite local charities to throw a party for military families. This year will bring a range day with the female members of the family and, of course, barbecue by the pool. How do you celebrate?

A person can eat good food in the company of good people any day of the year though. What makes Independence Day special is the adoption of the document advocating what was a revolutionary idea at the time. Status quo was that rights were granted by government and, by extension, men. The Founders offered the alternative view that rights were granted by their creator and could not be revoked by men. Was it perfect? No, but a good start. The pursuit of happiness stands out because of the way its definition has evolved over the years. My personal, modern interpretation is the adage that nobody can make you feel bad but yourself.

Summer holidays invite in all kinds of criticism. The less clothing a person wears, the more other people deputize themselves Body Police.

“How dare you wear a swimsuit without a spray tan!”

“You can’t wear shorts if you have psoriasis on your legs!”

“Fat people in tank tops should be outlawed!”

“Ugh, you can count her ribs in that bikini!”

The only thing more annoying than the Body Police are the Food Police.

“That soda will give you diabetes!”

“Are you sure you should be eating a second hot dog? It has nitrites!”

“You can’t have ice cream, you’re lactose intolerant! ”

People are free to have opinions, but that doesn’t mean they bring me down. I’m free to suggest they take an ice cream cone and stick it where the sun don’t shine. Screw being tan, the only thing I’m spraying on myself is sunscreen, and then I’m putting on a rash guard. Bear your arms, though perhaps not while shooting, unless you want to chance getting burnt by your brass. Do you like short shorts? Then wear your short shorts. Eat good food, whether it’s organic, kosher, gluten-free, fat-free, filled with high fructose corn syrup, or none of the above.  Enjoy the company of good people and tell the rest to go to hell.  We have the right to live our lives freely, why let others interfere?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. vesta44 permalink
    July 1, 2014 12:21 pm

    THIS!!! If we are endowed with those rights by our creator (whoever your creator happens to be), then no one has the right to take them away, and body/food policing is trying to do just that – take away our right to dress as we please and our right to eat what we please. The funny thing about both of those policing actions is that what we wear or what we eat doesn’t hurt anyone but us – you might get burned if you’re scantily dressed on a hot sunny day, but as far as I’m concerned, the jury is still out on whether or not those foods we eat actually lead to getting fat and whether it affects our health for ill or good all the time, in every person. So, if it’s not hurting anyone else, what’s all the fuss about? Live and let live, worry about your own pursuit of happiness and let everyone else worry about theirs.

  2. gingeroid permalink
    July 1, 2014 6:59 pm

    There are always people who feel the need to supervise things that would harm nobody but ourselves. I believe those people should spend more time worrying about themselves and less on me. It’s easy enough to look away or leave if someone’s attire offends my sensibilities. As for food, everybody dies sometime. If it comes down to short life ended by diet-induced heart attack or long life ended by years of cancer, I’m going for the heart attack.

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