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Fooling nobody

If you look closely, you'll see the sad truth behind the faces of most Americans as they celebrate 'Independence Day'. Sure, on the outside there's laughter, dancing and fireworks, but beneath the surface frivolity, it's obvious people's hearts aren't really in it.
 
Tradition and family loyalty requires folks to at least make an effort to rejoice, but the look in their eyes says, 'Oh, great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparents, what where you thinking?' 
 
And who could blame them? After all, are we really supposed to believe these poor devils are happy their ancestors gave up the chance to be British?

Still, we Brits are nothing if not polite, so here in New Jersey I'll play along with this annual charade. I'll go fish out the teabags from my swimming pool and wish everyone I meet a 'Happy Fourth of July.' I'll pretend their tears are for love of country not loss of Britishness, all the while knowing that, like the Scotsman who pretends he's not secretly flattered when someone calls him 'English,' or the 50-yr-old lounge lizard in open shirt and medallion, adjusting his wig at the bar, the poor deluded souls fool no one.

Happy Fourth of July!
 

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lyonesse
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:53 am (UTC)
*grin* we still have the tea, doncha know ;)
jongibbs
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:59 am (UTC)
Lol :)
sallymn
Jul. 4th, 2011 06:54 am (UTC)
"It's not that they're wicked or naturally bad
It's knowing they're foreign that makes them so mad!"

(Song of Patriotic Prejudice :)
jongibbs
Jul. 4th, 2011 07:00 am (UTC)
Sounds good to me :)
mtlawson
Jul. 4th, 2011 08:22 am (UTC)
/snicker

Thanks for the chuckle, Jon.
jongibbs
Jul. 4th, 2011 08:38 am (UTC)
:)
madshutterbug
Jul. 4th, 2011 08:25 am (UTC)
Well, there are times I wonder...

Then I remember that my grandparents left Ireland.
jongibbs
Jul. 4th, 2011 08:39 am (UTC)
Three of my great-grandparents left Ireland, but they went in the 'right' direction :)
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lmlawson
Jul. 4th, 2011 08:40 am (UTC)
You had me 'til the you wrote about the Scot would who is secretly flattered to be called English. :-)

(When I was 20 I visited England, Wales & Scotland for a geology field trip, and LOVED it.)
jongibbs
Jul. 4th, 2011 08:45 am (UTC)
The Scots love to be called English, almost as much they like being called 'Scotch' ;)
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jongibbs
Jul. 4th, 2011 08:47 am (UTC)
'...alas, they chose to be born in places without pronounceable names.'

I didn't know your family came from Wales :)
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darke_conteur
Jul. 4th, 2011 09:15 am (UTC)
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!

Yes, I am a Royalist, and I just LOVED the fact Will and Kate were here on July 1.

You know, I've always found it odd that Americans get so excited over the Royal family. Maybe they secretly want to be a member of the Commonwealth? :P
msstacy13
Jul. 4th, 2011 10:22 am (UTC)
We're excited because some other country pays for their upkeep.
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darkspires
Jul. 4th, 2011 09:25 am (UTC)
All the ancestors of the dear people simply made the mistake of landing too far south. Should have instead sailed up the St. Lawrence.

Oh, and we have the royal visit going on right now.
jongibbs
Jul. 4th, 2011 10:58 am (UTC)
Lol, good one, Elizabeth :)
bogwitch64
Jul. 4th, 2011 09:43 am (UTC)
You're too much. Happy 4th!
jongibbs
Jul. 4th, 2011 10:58 am (UTC)
And to you, Terri :)
mutive
Jul. 4th, 2011 10:09 am (UTC)
I've seen Prince Charles and Prince William. However many lives it took to avoid that, they're well spent. ;)

(Now are you sure you don't want to join us? We have sun in some of the states...)
darkspires
Jul. 4th, 2011 10:43 am (UTC)
No, I don't believe I really want to be burnt to a crisp. I am about to go out and do some yardwork in a balmy 21c with full sunshine. There should be a light wind coming in off the mountains and I foresee a comfortable outdoor experience ahead.
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msstacy13
Jul. 4th, 2011 10:24 am (UTC)
Mhm.

Presumably, you hold these truths to be self-evident.
jongibbs
Jul. 4th, 2011 11:18 am (UTC)
Why else would you guys keep finding the feeblest of excuses to cross the pond? Or are you another one of those who claims that was just to help us out during the war? :P
dotificus
Jul. 4th, 2011 10:47 am (UTC)
Bwah!

And a Happy Independence Day to you, Sir!

jongibbs
Jul. 4th, 2011 11:20 am (UTC)
And to you :)
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jongibbs
Jul. 4th, 2011 11:23 am (UTC)
Brutal war machine? The nerve of some people :P
karen_w_newton
Jul. 4th, 2011 11:14 am (UTC)
This is such a hoot!

Actually, if you lot had let us be British, we would have stayed that way much longer. The problem was, you insisted on making us colonists!
jongibbs
Jul. 4th, 2011 11:21 am (UTC)
Colonists? I believe the correct term is 'proctologists' and since those guys make an awful lot of money, I can't understand why you Americans felt the need to complain :P
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coldhighmountai
Jul. 4th, 2011 12:17 pm (UTC)
what's coffee ?
I like the part when I'm in England and at breakfast they ask me if I want tea or coffee and I says coffee, so they bring me tea! Actually that was in Edinburgh which is supposedly an Anglo Saxon city ;+))
jongibbs
Jul. 4th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
Re: what's coffee ?
Lol, they probably couldn't understand your accent :P
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