Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Celebrate your independence!

Happy Independence Day everyone!

Today marks the 236th anniversary of the day that our founding fathers and mothers declared our independence from Great Britain.  We love to celebrate this day with displays of red, white, and blue, cook outs, and of course, fireworks!

I love Independence Day.  I think it's one of my favorites because it commemorates a happy "decision" that was made 200+ years ago.  We drew our line in the sand.  We said "That's it.  We've had enough and we're not going to take it anymore!"  Of course, there was a lot of really hard work and lives sacrificed that followed that day, but I'd say it was worth it.  We Americans enjoy a level of freedom that is experienced by no other country in the world.

Regardless of your political affiliation, this is a great country to live in.  In America you can:

1.  Worship in the church of your choice
2.  NOT worship if you don't want to
3.  Vote in every election you care to
4.  Say whatever you want about the government (as long as you're not threatening someone)
5.  Read whatever you want
6.  Enjoy "due process" if you are accused of a crime
7.  Own property, regardless of your  social "status"
8.  Say what you want to say about pretty much anything

There's lots of other freedoms we enjoy, but you get the idea.

Is the USA perfect?  No.  There are lots of times that government officials mess up, break the law, lie, etc.  There are times when people forget that others have rights, too, and try to take them away.  There are people who go hungry in our country.  But does that mean we live in a bad country?  No.  It doesn't.  It means that this country is comprised of human beings who make mistakes.  Sometimes we learn, sometimes we don't.  Sometimes in  the process of learning we end up making new mistakes. 

Nevertheless, we try.  We try hard to do what's right.  So whether you're a "liberal" or a "conservative" or something in between, be proud.  We aren't perfect, but we are American...and that is a real blessing!

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