While sitting in my house, listening to the 'pop, pop, pop' of the fireworks going off both Sunday and Monday night, I found myself not only praying the noise didn't wake up my sleeping infant, but wondering why we are so bent on restoring the rule of law while continuing to break it. It may come down to a simple choice all humans have made at one point or another. We will follow a law right up until it becomes inconvenient. We want to cross the street now, so we jaywalk. We want to get home faster, so we do 10 mph over the speed limit. Or, case in point, we want to carry on a tradition of lighting off fireworks, so we decide the law isn't worth following. We pick and choose which laws to follow all the time, yet we get very upset when others do the same. Some of us get extremely upset when people from other countries break American law...because that's a right reserved for us apparently.
So, while some may have gotten away with their amateur pyrotechnics display in the Lakes Area, know this. While we in the U.S. choose to break our laws for the sake of convenience and fun, many of the people breaking the law to enter our country are doing so for the sake of their families and their lives. Again, not offering a solution at this point. Just highlighting a hypocrisy. We do it because we know we're safe. They do it so they have a chance to be safe.
Perhaps it's fitting that we illegally display our pride in our nation's beginnings, while simultaneously berating others for breaking the nation's laws.