Call Me Devil’s Advocate…

We usually reserve the top portion of The Rundown for your opinions. To further clarify — while I have thick skin — please don’t conflate our contributors’ opinions with my own.

I try my damndest to remain objective while featuring opinions left, right and center. If your feedback is coherent and compelling, I’ll publish it.

We do try to ask thought-provoking questions that spark debate. So call me devil’s advocate (I’ve been called worse).

One last thing to mention, The Rundown’s taking off Friday for the Independence Day weekend. In light of which, I have a few thoughts as the country reels.

A pandemic. An economic shutdown. Social unrest. It’s enough to make you want to pull the covers over your head… or hit the road for a bunker in Wyoming.

Here’s the thing: The state of the union is simultaneously worse and better than you think. Read on…

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Your Rundown for Wednesday, Jul. 1, 2020

Symbol of Hate?

I got our American flag out of the garage the other day to hang on our front porch.

As I was unfurling and dusting it off, the thought crossed my mind: Might neighbors or passerbys interpret the flag as a symbol of hate?

I stopped in my tracks. What a strange, unbidden thought — something I wouldn’t have even considered last Independence Day.

But what a year it’s been, both strange and unbidden. So under the circumstances, would flying the flag be commensurate with hate speech?

On my way to a conclusion, I acknowledged the flag means different things to different people.

For some, it stirs feelings of exclusion from the American Dream on the basis of race, religion, economic status… the list goes on.

And for others, the flag’s a sacred reminder of the men and women who sacrificed “to form a more perfect union.”

Those six words, in fact, are from the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, meaning the founders of this nation thought it necessary to start at the beginning. They knew a perfect union was unachievable.

But a more perfect union? That’s something every American can strive for.

So the flag is aspirational in the best sense of the word, and it is generous enough to include people from all walks of life in its folds.

Remember, I said at the top things are better and worse than you think.

If you’re relying on the government to improve upon this ideal we call America, you’re dead wrong. But if you believe the onus is on “We the people” to shape and preserve our national unity… that’s when things get better.

The flag is flying on my front porch, by the way, with blue skies above.

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Again, we’re off Friday for the Independence Day weekend. We hope you enjoy it!

For the Rundown,

Aaron Gentzler

Aaron Gentzler

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Aaron Gentzler is the publisher of Seven Figure Publishing. He is also the editor of The Rundown and has been with Agora Financial / Seven Figure Publishing since 2005. He's been covering technology and markets for over a decade.

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