I used to be very patriotic. I was raised with a lot of pride in the country I live in. The fourth of July was always a big event in our household, picnics, family and friends, the flag. The year my husband and I moved our family to Park City, Utah, our first fourth in town, we went to Park City Mountain and watched the fireworks explode above us as they played American songs; things like American Pie and I actually cried feeling so thankful for being American. Fifteen years later the same place that once made me feel proud makes me angry and ashamed. Don’t get me wrong it’s a beautiful country and the ideals of our founding fathers were good however what has happened over the last fifteen years is nothing but criminal. Criminal in the fact that banks and large corporations, or power money, now run our government; for the people, by the people, got thrown out a long time ago. This last financial meltdown was the perfectly engineered brain child of these powers and our government allowed it to happen. Remember that, allowed it to happen.