I believe this is a special Independence Day for many people because they can feel the change in the air. No, this is not an Obama post but rather a post about the the changing world that we live in and how we can either fight these changes or accept them. Every July 4th, I am thankful for my time growing up in America as I would have not wanted to grow up anywhere else. Europe is great especially for a liberal like myself but nothing would beat a good hot dog, and some Baseball tonight.
On any Independence Day we should also remember the principle behind these days which is freedom. There are still many millions of people around the world who are not free and it should be the effort of every person to ensure that the world moves forward in its progress for freedom and equality for all. Another word also associated with Independence Days is “patriotism”. Patriotism is defined in the American heritage dictionary:
Love of and devotion to one’s country.
Patriotism is a beautiful word but in recent years it has been used to divide America between those who oppose the war and those who support the war. This word should not be used for that because no matter if you oppose or support the war, you are still a patriot if you love America. Therefore I hope running up to the general election that we will hear no more nonsense about the patriotism of either candidate and that the media will focus on the issues at hand:
Happy Independence Day to all my friends in America, I really wish I was hanging out with you guys today.