“Saints, por fever,” I said to an old abuella standing on the square of the post-fireworks boardwalk pizza party.
She stared anxiously at the four-foot space of the open bench next to me but was hesitant, perhaps wondering why an old, bald, oversized gringo would please ask her to sit next to him. His reluctance was probably not Fausi-related because not one in a hundred at the festival and none of his team wore a mask of allegiance.
So after a short break, I added, “es un pais libre, todavia, mas o menos,” for the best Spanish I can collect “it’s still an independent country, somewhat sorted.” Then he looked at me as if I were a certified loco en la cabeza when he was relieved, apparently for another slice of pizza.
I felt like a boiled frog for a moment, but my wife came back unexpectedly quickly with blueberry ice cream, which probably makes modern life worth living.
Until the next morning when I read a story about American companies and even the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board investing in China despite having a bad record of human rights and cowardly lockdowns, I remember:
Immigrants are flocking to America for pizza, blueberry ice cream and other economic benefits, not freedom or lack thereof.
The babble I heard during the fireworks display was not about immigrants celebrating their new country’s birthday, it was about a free show. The Arabic, Spanish and Eastern European languages I heard about me were not unusually loud or numerous, there were fewer English-speaking Americans. The crowds at the fireworks display on the beach were much smaller than usual.
Why would so few Americans go out for Independence Day fireworks on a night with perfect weather forecasts and deliveries?
Inflation seems to be taking its toll on some resort cities, whispering that this year is worse than last year, despite a much tougher grip on covidcressi a year ago. Tourists still come to the beach, but they always bring their own food instead of buying expensive boardwalk stores. Lots of detergents. The hotels are full but not as full as Covid’s before. Cheap overnight alternatives like indoor campsites, spring like wild flowers of spring.
Then there’s the “progressive” outrage against recent SCOTUS decisions, as they were. One does not need to organize a “F *** The Fourth” march to decide to sit on this Independence Day, especially with all those maskless (and, breathless !, probably vaccinated) people.
There also seems to be some MAGA hesitation, an idea that America is rapidly becoming too Marxist to celebrate. A book with that thesis has sold over a million copies since it was published last summer.
Instead of making America great (or green) again, Americans should strive for MAFA, To liberate America again. MAFA is an admirable goal in itself but can make America great (and green) again. America has become great, in a big sense and in a super sense, because of its independence in the first place, especially its economic independence, not because of its human rights violations.
The Policy Clear the way for MAFA, deregulate everything from Amtrak to monetary policy, revitalize the third sector (non-profit) and form a true ministry for all the demands made by the government, government officials and politicians and only for the demands. It will also be helpful to return to the rule of law by punishing government officials who try to stifle political opposition!
The Political The path to MAFA, though, is perfect. Many Americans, left and right, mostly low-quality public school products, believe that “freedom” means their freedom to say how other people should behave, the most intimate description of what they put or put out in themselves. Corpses
Even more worryingly, both major political parties have become so statistically that left and right critics call “unity” an established fact. While political competition in America has survived to some extent, interests in healthcare, higher education, military defense, and science and technology have created self-sustaining and self-developing “complexes” or “rackets” that seem impenetrable to rational policy discussions.
Indeed, those who best understood the responses to Covid’s principle followed meaning, not “science.” The Fauci and company that has received numerous non-trivial royalty payments (aka kickbacks) from pharmaceutical developers reveal a portion of a huge farm full of corrupt cash cattle. The interests involved are so strong that they can convince even Americans that they have the right to forcibly inject experimental non-vaccine vaccines into their bodies, and that plants like nitrogen and carbon dioxide are so bad for the food environment that everyone would die without major disruption. Economic change is made at the moment.
One hope for MAFA is that Americans will understand that Martin Luther King, Jr. was right when he wrote from Birmingham Prison in 1963 that “injustice everywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” and that untruth is the root of all injustice. Both untruth and injustice eventually fall from their own weight but as a result accidents can come unexpectedly, crushing innocent passers-by. It is best if America cuts its decaying Tree of Liberty on its own terms so that a new MAFA tree can grow faster in full clear sunlight.