Nike Logos and the 4th of July
"Our shared commitment to wrestle with the Declaration and the Constitution has always been a large part [of] what it means to be American."
I love that the author uses the word "wrestle". That is truly what we do. Each generation must wrestle with our own ideals to make this a more perfect Union.
I think Nike logos are a frivolous issue, for example. But they seem to matter to another generation. I will, therefore, wrestle.
As recently as my mother's storied career as a TWU Pioneer Woman, a brilliant chemist worked in the home economics field because it was recommended as "more appropriate".
I find Nike's Betsy Ross flag logo offensive because it implies that the only female contribution to our liberty was to sew a flag.
Most who know me and who get this far in my post will know this already... This is meant "tongue-in-cheek". But there is usually truth to be found in the "tongue-in-cheek".
Recall what Jefferson once said about the "tree of liberty" and "the blood of patriots and tyrants".
Most of all, I find it profoundly meaningful that on the 243rd anniversary of our Declaration, we are wrestling about logos on sneakers. Some would find that depressing and pessimistic. I don't. How far we have come!
There is indeed much more to do. I will not minimize that by attempting to do it justice in this final paragraph. Leave it at that, "there is much more to do", but meanwhile, yesterday, we celebrated a glorious experiment that began 243 years ago and has been proven and improved upon by each generation. That is cool!