Happy Independence Day. We celebrate this day as the birthday of our nation. The day thirteen colonies from Great Britain said enough is enough and declared their independence.
On that day, an idea of freedom became the greatest country in the history of mankind. I say this knowing that it smacks of “American Arrogance”, something that is for some reason looked down upon today. But the words are true. There is no other place in the world that affords you the freedom and opportunities that the United States does.
We are not perfect. We have made horrible mistakes over our brief existence. We will continue to do so. But where others see these mistakes as proof we are heading toward ruin, I see how we have overcome the mistakes and made ourselves a better nation. One that inspires and encourages a person to better themselves rather than let the excuse of history be their crutch.
You may hate the way things are going. You may not. You may hate the current President, or the last one. But we live in a country that guarantees by law that will change. And change by the will of the people. No matter how bad you think it is or how crappy you think you have it, the possibility of a better day is always there.
So I ask that today, you forget about all the things that make you angry about this nation, and remember that for all it’s flaws, there is no better place in the world to live. Take fifteen minutes out of your day and read the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. Let those documents remind you of all the good this country has to offer, and will continue to do so. Put aside your dislike for the current government, or don’t dwell on how much you feel the last one ruined the country. We are still here, and you have just as much a chance today that you had yesterday to make things better.