The Documentary

Every year for the past 25 years or so, since my daughter could sit long enough for a movie, we’ve watched what in our home we’ve come to refer to as The Documentary

When my husband joined our family almost a dozen years ago, being a scholar, he scoffed at the notion that a movie, a musical no less, could be a valid depiction of a defining moment in the history of the United States. I think he may be coming around to our, my daughter’s and mine, way of thinking.

It’s a presidential election year and the job interviewing portion of the process has been exhausting. Some of the job applicants have more impressive skills, qualifications, and experiences than others to actually do the job that will be required of them. In a time when so much rhetoric is being spouted about the intention of the founding fathers, perhaps it might be helpful to review one line in the Declaration of Independence that doesn’t get much air time:

…Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,…

Who are the governed? The voters. It is the duty and responsibility of every single person eligible to vote in this country to pay attention to the applicants for the job of President of The United States, to carefully and thoughtfully review what they bring to the table in terms of the afore-said skills, qualifications, and experiences, and to make their choices and their voices heard for the good of everyone in this country that was founded, and continues to be maintained, with the blood, sweat, and tears of its citizens, whether they were born here or arrived on these shores, like the founding fathers, seeking a better life and willing to sacrifice for the opportunity.

Exercise your right to vote. Always. Vigorously.

Happy July 4th!


3 thoughts on “The Documentary

  1. I will be voting M but I do not like the field a it is and know that from where I’m voting, the electoral college will speak against my choice…North Texas is mostly a Republican state….sigh.

  2. I wonder if 1776 being so much cheaper and easier to get to than Hamilton, will become popular again. Thanks for the reminder of a July4, at home ritual! Sheila

    1. While I’m delighted that Hamilton is doing as well on Broadway as it is, on many levels: artistic expression, consciousness-raising, as well as financially benefiting the cast and the investors, it’s a very different piece of theater from 1776. Despite the hype, I’m fine passing on Hamilton while cheering them on to greater success! 😉 xoM

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