Some things to consider as you watch the media frenzy unfolding today:
25,324 Americans were killed in the Revolutionary War--another 2,260 died in the War of 1812 to ensure that I would have the right to vote directly for the leader of my country. 12,950 men were wounded in those wars to ensure taxation with representation, majority rule, seperation of church and state, freedom of speech and protection from illegal search and seizure.
183,588 Americans--including one of my Mother's uncles--died in the European Theater of Operation during World War Two--fighting to protect the British Monarchy from being deposed by Fascism. Just one member of the Royal Family--Prince George--died in the war.
Three-billion-297-million US dollars were given to Great Britain after World War Two under the Marshall Plan to keep the country from falling under the "Iron Curtain" of Socialism that descened across the European Continent. Considering the "Nanny State" that now exists over there--perhaps that was money not that well spent.
It's days like today that I am reminded why the United States is the greatest place to live in the world. The President's brother doesn't get an automatic seat in the Senate or a government-supported mansion. The people on our money are self-made men with visionary ideas for freedom and democracy--who derived their power from the people themselves--not (as Monty Python so perfectly put it) ladies in a lake handing out swords. And we don't bow or curtsey to anyone.
So instead of donning something with the Union Jack today for this "historic occasion" why not throw on some Stars and Stripes? Celebrate the fact that we don't have to put an extra "u" in neighbor or labor, that we don't have to pay more than half our income in taxes and that we are not subjected to Monday Night Soccer.