Happy Independence Day!

When I worked at Sears in the mid-80s, I once had a customer ask to speak to my superior. “I don’t have a superior,” I said. “I’ll be glad to let you speak to my manager, though.” Surprisingly, I held onto that job until I left on my own terms to start grad school.

Things haven’t changed much for me since then. I think that in some regards I’m the court Fool of the Mondoville faculty, and it’s a position I relish because it lets me speak the truth as I see it. (And yeah, I was even like that before I was tenured.) I tend to regard orders with skepticism, if not full-on cynicism. I suspect — indeed, hope — that I’m occasionally a pain in the ass.

In short, although I may have bosses, I have no superiors — I’m an American. And I love that my country was born of prickly types like me, folks who, in Burke’s words, “augur misgovernment at a distance; and snuff the approach of tyranny in every tainted breeze.” I’m a citizen, not a subject, and although I think too few of my countrymen recognize the difference these days, I’m blessed to live in a nation where that’s still even remotely possible. I’m glad I live in a nation that can have a gridlocked government — what some see as inefficiency, I see as the prevention of mischief.  I’m proud to live in a country where declaring yourself to be elite can invite the ridicule that it should, even if too many have forgotten to do that. I hope my daughter inherits the same — and if her willingness to swim against the current is shared by enough people, then maybe she will.

Have a happy 4th, and may everyone return with as many fingers as they had when they woke up this morning. God bless the United States of America.


About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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2 Responses to Happy Independence Day!

  1. Jen says:

    Happy Independence Day to you and yours!

  2. Jeff says:

    Happy Fourth of July to you and yours, Prof…

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