Farce of July

Happy July 4th America! And a hearty congratulations for your 231-year obsession with democracy and all it encompasses.

Speaking of compasses, of course it would be premature at this time to say that America’s “brand” of democracy is moving in all the right directions. It ain’t. Take freedom, for example, like the freedom to earn a living, or the freedom to pay taxes, or the freedom to spend/gamble/risk/invest your money on the stock market, or – heaven forbid – at any of the ubiquitous online casinos looming out there.

Now, if you’re not quite sure what an online casino is, if you’ve ever been to Vegas, or within 10 feet of a television, you’ve seen crowds of grown-ups enjoying intense pleasure and excitement around roulette tables, craps tables, blackjack tables, oh, and how can we forget those adorable one-armed bandits spewing out rivers of cash. Now imagine being able to enjoy virtually the same euphoria, and from the comfort and safety of your own wonderful home, along with your wife/hubby/partner and kids nearby.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying there’s no longer any reason to shlep all the way to a Sin City to get your gambling ya-ya’s out; It’s just that after 231 years of blood, sweat and tears, you’d think that – after the government takes its cut – Americans would be free enough to decide how to spend what’s left of their hard-earned pennies. It’s not like US citizens aren’t allowed to gamble. Indeed they’ll be placing millions of high-stakes wagers in the next federal election.

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