The Fourth of July is almost here.
How can we best observe the holiday in a hopeful and patriotic way.
Here are some thoughts—
* Please treat working people well over the holiday. Anybody working the Fourth is working a holiday. If you were working a holiday, you would expect to be paid at a time-and-a-half rate. We all have the option of treating fellow working people the same way we would like to be treated.
* Please drive safely. Houston and everyplace in this nation is filled with crazy drivers who will ruin your life over nothing.
* Take some time over the holiday to learn some of our shared history. Here is a link to Fourth of July book suggestions. Here is a link to the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives.
* Take the time over the holiday to engage in some form of activism to out forth your view of a more perfect union. Every Texan and every American has the ability to attend a public meeting, attend or organize a protest, write or call an elected official, talk to friends and family, start a blog, donate money, write a letter to the editor, volunteer for candidates and causes, engage in acts of civil disobedience, and to run for public office.
What could be more patriotic than treating each other well, learning something, and acting on our beliefs?
Please have a nice holiday.
The United States Constitution should be amended to ban unsecured loads on our roads and highways.
I’d like to see the day when a person driving around in the way you see below would not only get a ticket, but would also be found to be in violation of the United States Constitution.
If found in violation of the Constitution of the United States of America by driving un unsecured load on the highway, maybe repeat offenders could be sent to our overcrowded prisons.
That would be a measure of harsh irony.
Below is what King County, Washington asks drivers to consider before transporting stuff by car or truck—
Is your load secure? Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Is there any chance of debris falling or blowing out of my vehicle?
- Would I feel safe if I were driving behind MY vehicle?
- Would I want MY loaded vehicle driving through MY neighborhood?
- What would happen to MY load if I had to brake suddenly or if I hit a bump?
- Do I need to drive slower than I normally do?
- Is my load secured at the back and on the sides AND top?
- Did I double-check my load to make sure it is secured?
Here are suggestions from King County about how you can be certain that your load is secure—
Follow these tips for securing your load:
- Tie Down – Tie your load with rope, bungee cords, netting or straps. Tie large items directly to your vehicle.
- Don’t Overload – Keep material level with the truck bed or trailer unless tied down, netted, or tarped.
- Lighter Goes Lower – Put lighter weight things at the bottom of the load.
- Consider Covering – Cover your load with a secured tarp or net.
- Always Double-Check – Make sure your load is secured.
Here is a story about a woman who won a 15 million dollar judgement after she was terribly injured by an unsecured load.
Unsecured loads are a clear and present danger.
By amending our Constitution to address this menace, we would be sending the clearest possible message that they will no longer be tolerated.
Here is the weekly posting of the Texas Progressive Alliance round-up. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas. TPA members are citizen-bloggers working for a better Texas.
(Picture above is from a previous Fredericksburg, Texas Fourth of July Parade. Here are details about this 2012 Fourth parade in Fredericksburg. I hope everybody has a nice and safe Fourth of July. )
Every Texan and every American has the ability to attend a public meeting, attend or organize a protest, write or call an elected official, talk to friends and family, start a blog, donate money, write a letter to the editor, volunteer for candidates and causes, engage in acts of civil disobedience, and to run for public office.
The work of freedom and justice is up to each of us.
I say this every week in this space. There is nothing more basic and essential I can tell you.
Here is the round-up—