A friend of mine posted this article on Facebook and I thought I would link to it here:
Ten Things Americans don't know about America
This pretty much covers why I didn't post anything for the 4th (Independence Day). I'm not exactly what you would call a patriot. I feel that America think a lot more highly of itself than it should, and that blind patriotism itself is what starts war. Not to mention the vapid consumerism with which even our most 'patriotic' holiday is celebrated (which inspired a rather cynical poem of mine by the way) that generally makes me nauseous.
Anyway, great article.