This will be the first fourth of July that I will not fly the American flag. The country is a mess and I'm not feeling particularly patriotic. The country's culture is dominated by the NRA (how many Americans will die from gun violence today?) . The major parties are about to nominate two people who are horrors. One belongs in a mental hospital and the other in jail. To say that our society has become degenerate is being understated. Television features reality shows in which people "date naked"or cavort around the jungles of the world in the nude. We live in a society in which "athletes" get paid huge amounts of money and teachers of our children struggle to survive. Yes people are angry and maybe that's why we risk electing an insane reality TV star in November, I'm angry too. No flag this 4th of July.