It is the Fourth of July and a big celebration of Independence for my country. Founded on the freedom we still struggle to determine what that is exactly. One of our biggest freedom is freedom of religion. It should also be freedom from religion. The Evangelicals and the Conservatives, Athiest and the religious right there is always a tug of war. For me, this is a good thing. If everyone has a say and an opinion then freedom will be retained. I do not like it in my government. Recently people have been forced to give up the Confederate flag. Seen as a symbol of slavery as it has been used by the KKK and other groups it is now being erased from American history. This was a very dark time in our country and the war resulted in more freedom for all. The Confederate states lost. So now history is being rewritten by the winners. I think that deleting that history from our past is a mistake. People now growing up won’t remember the tragedy of that war when brother fought brother. Lessons won’t be learned about the evil of slavery. Instead of deleting the history of the South I think we should teach it. Recently I was flabbergasted to see people in the streets of my city New York being asked what Independence day meant and who we fought against. The answers were appalling. One person said we got our independence from Spain and yet another from the UNITED STATES!!! This is really sad.
We have a fascinating history in this country. This year I hope that people start reading about it. Even those of you that are not from here may be interested in it. Did you know that the Boston tea party was about tea because the colonists didn’t want to throw their rum in the ocean? How about the Boston massacre? The true story of the Alamo?
We are a vast and incredible country and I love it. I love the differences from the glitz of Los Angeles, to the wildness of the west to the sophistication of New York city.
Bigger than a lot of countries we are a diverse nation. Made up of a melting pot of cultures. Our food is from everywhere, our people as well. We have a lot of problems but will solve them. I believe in the people and the precepts of this country. Our arguments are heated, but our hearts are in the same place. I don’t agree with a lot of what my countrymen say but as Voltaire said I will defend to the death their right to say it. That makes this place special.
God bless the USA!