Despite the political polarization that plagues our national rhetoric on issues concerning the economy, health care, immigration, and more. . . July 4th invites every American (regardless of what we may believe is best for our future) to stand proudly in celebration of something we do share – democracy, freedom and a unique American way of life.
Yesterday’s celebration of the Fourth of July invited our entire country to share in one of our only purely, American holidays. Indeed, the Fourth of July, with its fireworks that filled our night skies, serves as an annual reminder that we live in a country where diversity is celebrated and ingenuity of thought and belief are part of the fabric of our national identity.
These are values worth defending, and it is important to remember that if we fail to embrace what our fireworks are all about; if we fail to appreciate the liberties we have been afforded; and if we fail to stand up for the liberties of others, then the Fourth of July is reduced to a meaningless day for consumer discounts on furniture and mattresses.