by Corinne Wnek
Get out the grill and the sparklers and celebrate like its 1776! Two hundred and thirty-seven years ago, the Founding Fathers of thirteen little colonies, not quite a country, became a force to be reckoned with on the world stage. Independence from Great Britain was finally ours but came with a steep price, largely paid for us for by a scruffy, colonial militia. Think tea’s expensive now?
Despite what some cynics might say today, the United States is still a force to be reckoned with. Because we are champions of personal freedoms for our citizens, the United States is the premier beacon of hope for those living in repressed political and cultural systems. It is also why we are the target of choice for terrorists.
Sure, we have blemishes on our record as history proves, but Americans can voice their opposition to injustices without fear of reprisals from the military or local police. We can elect leaders through a democratic process and late night comedians can even poke fun at their idiosyncrasies. Why, it’s practically un-American not to laugh at our politicians.
Our country is very young and we are still a work in progress. But we are world leaders when it comes to the spirit of generosity and fairness. We are a forgiving people with a national sense of humor and we still love to root for the underdog.
Yes, times are tough but Americans are tougher. On the Fourth, give a thought to our selfless men and women who are serving their country, our country, in some hostile foreign land. They are fighting for us with the same spirit the colonists did way back when the British were our enemy.
So, c’mon. Wear your red, white and blue, display the flag, go to a fireworks show or watch the Boston Pops pop the Fourth from the comfort of your living room.
It’s time, people.
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