Americans take the 4th of July very serious. It is the day that celebrates how one of the greatest super powers in the world got it’s start. The story of the United States is an amazing story of an underdog beating the big bad guy, England. It’s the David and Goliath story of the history books. Maybe that’s why it’s such a huge deal for the people who live here.
To me, America is more than what it has become. There is something magical and awe inspiring about this land. It’s about being free to say what you want, free to believe what you want, and free to be what you want. However, there is so much that is wrong with the country right now. People killing one another. People keeping basic human rights from others. People forcing their religion on others. This America that we see today – it is not part of the dream. It makes me sad. It makes me ashamed of this country sometimes. We are better than what we have become.
For me, Independence Day isn’t about the military. It isn’t about the grill. It isn’t even about Americans. It’s about the dream and the symbolism of what this country stands for, what it’s always stood for. This is the land of dreams, the land of possibility. No amount of economic trouble and turmoil will take that away. Even the up and coming big countries, like India and China, who have fought against this country’s ideals of freedom and equality, all have embraced many of the things that make this country great.
We need to go back to the foundation of this country. We need to forget about our differences and embrace the fact that we – black, white, red, yellow, male, female, gay, straight, Christian, Hindu, atheist, poor, rich – we are all Americans. Most importantly, we are all people. We’ve seemed to forgotten that somewhere along the way.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.