The Declaration of Independence is a truly inspirational document. It signified the birth of a young, confident, and optimistic nation at the time. My son and I watched and participated Independence Day parade organized by the local government and other organizations on July 4th.
On a personal level, I feel deeply, deeply grateful to America and the benefits and opportunities I found here. I am also very grateful to a lot of people who helped me over the years. I wouldn’t forget my brother who helped me to get here and provided financial support during my first year in 1995.
I am extremely fortunate, and, for the most part, enjoy the life I have here. Since I am a permanent resident in this country, I want to participate in our community life and make wherever I am at a better place to live, although I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of living and working in other parts of the world. In fact, that is one of my dreams.
America, at its best, is fun-loving, free, optimistic, innovative, confident, and entrepreneurial. Having said that, I am absolutely disgusted by the current Bush administration. Its manipulation of public fear is appalling. Its blatant attack on the Constitution and civil liberties is scary. Its shallowness, smartassness, arrogance, self-centeredness, non-cooperativeness, self-righteousness, hypocrisy is on display in many parts of the world. I couldn’t believe a lot of things this administration did could be happening in a free country. It feels surreal at times.
But I digress. I struggled quite a bit with whether or not I should post this, for fearing of offending people, but this is my medium, and I shall treat it that way.
Here are some pictures from the parade.