In a world that has been compressed by the World Wide Web, homogenized by fast food, bulk buying and political correctness, we all still want Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
Until the Founding Fathers, the framers of the Declaration of Independence, the World had little concept of Liberty. So they wrote it down. It was an act of Treason, they became wanted men, the moment they signed their names to that document, they signed a Death Warrant as well. I can't fathom my life without Liberty, I cherish it, I am thankful for it, and mostly I forget what a Gift it is.
I met a fellow American the other day who had nothing good to say about Americans, apparently we don't know how to drink coffee, eat good food or carry on a conversation...I didn't stay for his rant on politics....fortunately for him, he has the Right do say whatever he wants about America, that is the beauty of Liberty.
We can find fault in anything, we can choose to focus on negative and ridicule ideals we don't agree with...but I choose to exercise my liberty by celebrating this beautiful and vastly diverse country I live in. I am an American who ''came'' from Ireland, Scotland, England, Sweden, and France. I come from Celts, Goths, Saxons, and the Suione Teutonic tribe (Scandinavian).
I'm as American as I can be. I salute my flag, I cry when I hear "America the Beautiful", I mourn fallen Soldiers, and I respect the ideals that formed this Country. I love weak coffee with lots of cream and fake sugar, I eat popcorn while I watch my Soap Opera (All my Children), I love a good BBQ, and a margarita, (rocks, no salt please). I love my children, I believe education is an essential part of self improvement and enlightenment. I am tolerant and respectful. I laugh loud and hard, I talk too much and exercise too little.
Thanks to dA, I am blessed to know South Africans, Germans, Canadians, Australians, French, Brazilians, Mexicans, and fellow Americans. We all come together to share our lives, never a judgement or disparaging word. Were it not for Liberty, there would certainly be no World Wide Web, and my world would be so much smaller. Just one more reason to thank those Founding Fathers.
Happy Independence Day to all of us!