Self Evident?

Taking the Fifth Every Fourth…

GORE VIDAL called America the United State of Amnesia. For a reason. Behind each freedom we cherish is a crime—against nature, against humanity, against any concept of God. And yet we, especially on this day, claim our divine right to forget.

Columbus “discovered” a fully-functioning Eden, where Man and God lived in harmony. He and his followers violently separated both and chopped down their garden’s still virgin tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil to build cities of commerce, convenience, degradation and toxic waste. We celebrate that as progress.

Our founders created a republic for themselves on stolen lands while concocting a vicious, unprecedented form of perpetual slavery to pay for it. We celebrate that as liberty.

They devised a democratically enacted system of laws for those who looked like themselves that they denied to those who didn’t. We celebrate that as equal justice under the rule of law.

And yet, almost in spite of their arrogance, greed and willful blindness, they also created America as an ever-renewing, inspiring concept that transcends their faults and hypocrisies. The America they conceived, perhaps unintentionally, transcends the America they constructed.

This is an America worth celebrating.

And even our chronic national amnesia can recede, as we see in cities and towns across this country awakening to demand actual equal justice for our long-oppressed peoples.

This is a time worth celebrating

So let us move forward together, towards creating a more perfect union based on the vision of our founders and not the sins of our forefathers.

Happy Fourth of July Weekend…





Author: Bodhi Bill is about sharing the songs I've been gifted with. Where did they come from? Two remarkable, life-changing events happened In 1996. First, I experienced an unexpected encounter with a friend of the family who was dying. The impact was so profound I left my career in advertising and became a board certified chaplain, working with the dying. Second, original songs began channeling through me with no warning. This was a complete surprise. Even though I'd played guitar since high school, I'd never considered myself a songwriter—or even a singer for that matter. More like a third-rate folk music plunker. But the songs came through anyway. Since I retired in 2015, I now have the time to record and share these songs. Although they are not "commercial" in style or content, I feel they are lovely little gems worth preserving and sharing.

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