Roll out the flag and bunting! Strike up the band! Light up the barbecue grills! Start celebrating! Despite all the tough times, hardships, the bickering, and the mean-spiritedness we experience, this country is still worth celebrating. We grow and expand. We make noise and rabble rouse. We make it through hard times. We are an Americans first, not Liberals or Conservatives, not Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Tea Partiers, or Green Partiers. If we are born here or we landed here to become American, and we are Americans.
Recently, my husband said to me, "Do you know what I am most grateful for in life? ... I am grateful for being born in the United States." Think about that for a minute. Would you be able to say the same thing? I know that I am thrilled as a woman that I was born here. Where during my life time women were able not only able to get a higher education, but we were able to break through the "glass ceiling," bring social issues to the fore front, let our daughters know there are more careers besides teaching and nursing to pursue for women. So, next time you think, that politics is messy, just think about politics in other countries.
Fourth of July is not about politics. The celebration of a small group of colonies that declared their independence from a great world power. It is a declaration that all people have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The same group of colonies declared themselves the United States and stated:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
This is our heritage and the legacy we should preserve. This is what it means to be an American. So celebrate, tell the story of the innovation called a "democratic republic." It is a day to be proud to be an American.