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Samrob

(4,298 posts)
Thu Jun 30, 2022, 11:17 PM Jun 2022

Oh, my. Just finished a Zoom call with family, east coast and west coast.

We are 99% active patriots, mixed races, mixed religions, oldest 95, youngest 18 months.

By unanimous vote, my family just cancelled the 4th of July. I had that thought earlier today but almost tongue-in-cheek. I was amazed at my family's collective anger. 67 members voted. Long discussion but mostly ranting about SCOTUS, MAGAs, J6. Everyone stayed on the call except for three who dropped in and left their proxy vote with spouses.

We are a close, loving family and now an angry family. No celebrating of the 4th. Two watch parties are planned, board games with family. I don't know how or if the entire family will pull it off. I know some are going to allow the kids to watch fireworks displays on TV but no one is joining in organized fireworks gatherings

So much for the hot dogs and hamburgers in my freezer intended for this year's celebration. No matter how bad things got with Trump, we always celebrated the being a citizen of a great democracy warts and all. We always felt things could get better and that we were part of something special. Sigh... I think SCOTUS was the straw with its decisions on Roe and the EPA. Lots of young environmentalists in the family.

Sobering 4th to all.

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Oh, my. Just finished a Zoom call with family, east coast and west coast. (Original Post) Samrob Jun 2022 OP
I hear you wryter2000 Jun 2022 #1
Don't give up on Texas Bucky Jun 2022 #5
I haven't given up wryter2000 Jun 2022 #8
When we tried Zoom from multiple locations with all the Fam... czarjak Jun 2022 #2
Couldn't you all just get together and have a family cook-out/picnic? PoindexterOglethorpe Jun 2022 #3
We could but nobody wants to this year. Pricey travel and high cost of food are downers. Samrob Jun 2022 #6
I understand. PoindexterOglethorpe Jun 2022 #7
And if you miss the get-together, pick a random day and do it when prices aren't as Scrivener7 Jul 2022 #16
"...the hot dogs and hamburgers in my freezer..." myohmy2 Jun 2022 #4
I cancelled my participation in our community's float in the parade. SharonAnn Jul 2022 #9
Maybe this 4th should be American Renewal Day. SleeplessinSoCal Jul 2022 #10
Understand what the revolution was about zipplewrath Jul 2022 #11
I was feeling this way for a while, but wnylib Jul 2022 #12
I'm sorry. For me, it's a work day, I'm on 7 days a week for a while. MerryBlooms Jul 2022 #13
Will you adopt the rest of us? Baitball Blogger Jul 2022 #14
My immediate family is also supporting my plan to 'boycott' 4th of july Fresh_Start Jul 2022 #15
That's absurd lostnfound Jul 2022 #17
I'm going to fly my flag central scrutinizer Jul 2022 #18

wryter2000

(45,974 posts)
1. I hear you
Thu Jun 30, 2022, 11:30 PM
Jun 2022

Are they willing to do stuff to GOTV? At least some of them. I spoke to several people in TX today who needed help figuring out how to register to vote. It may not change anything in TX, but in other states, we might make a difference.

Bucky

(53,551 posts)
5. Don't give up on Texas
Thu Jun 30, 2022, 11:48 PM
Jun 2022

We're trying down here, honestly!! Beto O'Rourke is a master class in the 50 state strategy. He's showing us how to hit hard and never retreat

We may not win, but when you're fighting a fire, every drop of water that goes to the underbrush can slow down the inferno.

wryter2000

(45,974 posts)
8. I haven't given up
Thu Jun 30, 2022, 11:59 PM
Jun 2022

I really like calling Texas. As a northerner, I’ve found I really like calling southern states. So far, my favorite is Georgia, but Texas is a close second. Even the few Republicans I got today were nice.

czarjak

(11,091 posts)
2. When we tried Zoom from multiple locations with all the Fam...
Thu Jun 30, 2022, 11:31 PM
Jun 2022

It was just people talking over each other.

PoindexterOglethorpe

(25,602 posts)
3. Couldn't you all just get together and have a family cook-out/picnic?
Thu Jun 30, 2022, 11:34 PM
Jun 2022

Make it about the family, not July 4th.

I don't know you, but I'm distressed that your entire family would forego this get together.

Samrob

(4,298 posts)
6. We could but nobody wants to this year. Pricey travel and high cost of food are downers.
Thu Jun 30, 2022, 11:52 PM
Jun 2022

We are mostly "comfortable" but by no means rich. Young families with kids struggling a little and some are unemployed. Foregoing the BIG celebration we usually have seemed to be just fine with everyone...at the least everyone on the call.

PoindexterOglethorpe

(25,602 posts)
7. I understand.
Thu Jun 30, 2022, 11:56 PM
Jun 2022

Didn't realize that travelling to the July 4th thing was an issue. Seems like a very sensible decision was made, and each family can simply do what they want at home that day.

Scrivener7

(50,415 posts)
16. And if you miss the get-together, pick a random day and do it when prices aren't as
Fri Jul 1, 2022, 06:14 AM
Jul 2022

gouge-y and it doesn't feel like it is supporting this crap.

We all need to have our time away from it doing things that sustain us. Otherwise we will exhaust ourselves and not be able to fight this. If your family is one of those things, it would be a shame not to get that support.

Also, it would get rid of the stuff in your fridge.

But I think it's a good decision.

myohmy2

(3,115 posts)
4. "...the hot dogs and hamburgers in my freezer..."
Thu Jun 30, 2022, 11:44 PM
Jun 2022

...that might be part of the problem...

...not so around here...

...fireworks are popping, grills are warming up, people are traveling despite the airlines and the price of gas...

...most people I know want to get away from pandemics, politics, the economy and just have a good old American time...

...I don't necessarily agree, but waving the flag and enjoying each other's company on the 4th seems like the right thing to do...

...try freezing some porterhouse steaks next year..

....

SharonAnn

(13,750 posts)
9. I cancelled my participation in our community's float in the parade.
Fri Jul 1, 2022, 12:02 AM
Jul 2022

I would have had to wear all black and just didn't want to do that. But could not have worn red, white, and blue this year.

SleeplessinSoCal

(8,875 posts)
10. Maybe this 4th should be American Renewal Day.
Fri Jul 1, 2022, 12:32 AM
Jul 2022

Gather to make calls, send postcards, reach out to Democratic clubs, compose new folk songs....

What else?


zipplewrath

(16,646 posts)
11. Understand what the revolution was about
Fri Jul 1, 2022, 12:37 AM
Jul 2022

In many ways the right has hijacked our history. The American revolution was about self government. Today that seems ordinary. But at the time it was unfathomable. We have now entered a period where it is no longer about self government (democracy) but about minority denomination of our government. The minority will lie to get control of government. The next election will be a test case where GOP lawmakers hope to define results rather than determine them from the votes.

wnylib

(21,146 posts)
12. I was feeling this way for a while, but
Fri Jul 1, 2022, 01:23 AM
Jul 2022

then I decided, "Why should I let the MAGAts take over the holiday? Why let them rob me of celebrating what democracy should be?"

Besides, it might be the last chance we get to celebrate it without the fascists in complete control. Make the most of what we've got while we've got it.

And bust our asses off to defeat fascism before the next 4th.

MerryBlooms

(11,685 posts)
13. I'm sorry. For me, it's a work day, I'm on 7 days a week for a while.
Fri Jul 1, 2022, 01:39 AM
Jul 2022

I work most holidays, so my sister and I make do. I get off early enough to see fireworks display at the high school and listen to the high school band play. Probably take my sister and client for that. I don't like driving at night anymore, but we'll see.

Take care, hope you enjoy your weekend, even though it's not as you hoped. ❤🤍💙

Fresh_Start

(11,330 posts)
15. My immediate family is also supporting my plan to 'boycott' 4th of july
Fri Jul 1, 2022, 05:08 AM
Jul 2022

it was going to be a celebration of the 4th and my mom's birthday and my retirement (i'm retiring on the 4th) but I don't feel it. So we will do something so other day.

central scrutinizer

(11,591 posts)
18. I'm going to fly my flag
Fri Jul 1, 2022, 04:21 PM
Jul 2022

It’s a 48 star flag that covered my father’s casket. He was in the Navy and South Pacific during WWII and died in 1956 before Alaska and Hawai’i became states. I refuse to let the MAGAts highjack the flag. With my Black Lives Matter yard sign and Union Yes bumper sticker I don’t think anybody will be wondering where I stand.

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