Celebrating Independence Day
Friday, July 03, 2015
Two hundred and thirty-nine years ago, a group of beleaguered men collectively came to the realization that there was nowhere left to run away and start over, and the only alternative remaining to them, if they wanted to retain any dignity at all as human beings, was to stand up and fight, whatever the cost of this unthinkable audacity might be. A dream was born that day. Sharing their vision of a society in which decency, merit, fairness, and, above all, liberty determined the fate of its citizens, together they built the beginnings of the mightiest nation in the world.
We still possess that propensity to rebel, and we still dream every bit as extravagantly. The spirit of the early Americans remains very much alive, and our children today defend the freedoms that their forefathers won for them every bit as fiercely as those very first visionaries who brought our country into being with their passion and their blood. I thank them, and I celebrate them along with the home I love so much.
Whatever issues cause us concern, whatever problems and conflicts demand resolution, the future of America remains as hopeful and as bright as it was in our very first days, for we are distinguished among the nations of the world by one simple fact: it matters to us, collectively, that we do the right thing, however much we might argue amongst ourselves as to what that might be. And that just amazes me beyond words.
Happy birthday, America. You've still got it. And I am so proud to be one of your children.