Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy Birthday USA!

Happy Birthday USA!
At a mere 232 years old, you're lookin' pretty darn good for your age.
The last time I was out of the U.S. for the 4th of July I was 16 years old. It was the summer of 1974, Richard Nixon was on the verge of resigning over the Watergate scandal, and I was picking pears on a kibbutz in the middle of the Megiddo Valley in central Israel (future site of "Armageddon's" climactic battle, a.k.a. "Gog and Magog").
America - still Israel's best friend in the world. God bless America for that, and for everything else she stands for - freedom, liberty, equality, fairness, generosity, opportunity - and of course one of the the things I miss the most which is ENDLESS VARIETY IN RETAILING OPPORTUNITIES, i.e. a dozen different incarnations of a single product line (DOVE SOAP FOR EXAMPLE!). Some may call that "Consumerism" but I just call that FREEDOM OF CHOICE IN SHOPPING!
So Old Glory, long may you wave o'er the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!

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