I remember growing up in the 1970s. I often see pictures on the television about the 1970s. These pictures show a gritty, grimy New York City.

However, these pictures were not pictures of my childhood. I remember the Bicentennial. I remember feeling part of a whole community of Americans, one of my best childhood memories. Has any July 4th compared?

Two-hundred and fifty years of America has to be coming up. Let's throw huge parades and smaller parades and spend money and have fun. Let's not wait for 300 years. No, let's parade.

I do not mean a military parade down Pennsylvania [Avenue] in Washington, D.C., for our great leader. I know, baby wants his bottle. This is not the parade I am talking about.

I am talking about the parades we had when I was an 11-year-old boy. Those were the good parades. Let's have a bunch of those parades.

We have time to work on this project. Let's get a government commission going and fund it well and get the community going. Let's get behind this, let's be Americans. Not your America or his America, but the middle of America where the heart lies.

Ronald Grande


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