This year I plan to do three things to “celebrate” the 4th of July.

First, I plan to read Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience (which interestingly enough was first named “Resistance to Civil Government”). This is an annual tradition of mine as it reminds me of the revolutionary spirit of the Founding Fathers and Mothers in their struggle against tyranny. Benjamin Franklin (and I think also Thomas Jefferson in another place) said that “Disobedience to tyrants is obedience to God.” True American patriotism (and matriotism) is not about loyalty to an emperial regime, but in about defiance to injustice, defiance to all who would enslave us.

Second, if time permits, I’m going to make an Oklahoma Red Flag to fly. I have a tiny little one that I bought at a flag shop, but I want a big one to fly in celebration of true Agrarian-Socialistic values and in defiance of the imperialistic and oppressive values that are now so closely associated with Old Glory.

Third, I want to read some of the Jewish prophet Amos, as a reminder that God is on the side of the poor and oppressed. America is rather full of itself right now, but God sees full well how corrupt our nation is on the inside and how poisoned we are with materialism, greed, and violence.