It’s the day after the Fourth of July and how we spent it this year is telling about the state of our nation. Independence Day has had exceptional meaning for us and for the rest of the world. Every year in modern times — on holidays such as this – the call for freedom and self government, equality and justice reflected in our American history is honored.

Today, we are a country teetering on the brink of a great divide. There are Americans with different agendas for the future who do not respect our institutions, or our leaders.

Disrespect for our institutions is quite different; it is not politics, it’s something else. It is not easy to define that “something else.” The vision of athletes not standing for our national anthem or acknowledging the symbolic flag is something else.

The woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty on the Fourth in an immigration protest is something else.

The old actor who publicly spat the F-bomb directly at the President of the United States is something else.

A copy cat congressional intern who did the same thing in the Capitol is something else.

Seeking to come into our country illegally, intentionally illegal, is something else.

Even those misguided Americans working to abolish I.C.E., a key law enforcement agency charged with arresting alien criminals and drug and human traffickers, are something else.

The First Amendment usually enters the dialogue just about now. Free speech coupled with law breaking, disrespect and anti-American vitriol, to me, is something else. It’s cringe-worthy.

That’s my take.