Happy 243rd Birthday, America!
Celebrating the 4th of July is truly an amazing experience as an American, whether as a kid or an adult. Being able to live in the greatest country in the history of the world, one that, according to the Preamble to the Constitution, challenges its citizens “to form a more perfect Union.”
If we work and aspire to make it so, then tomorrow will be better than today.
Today is (aside from season 3 of ‘Stranger Things’ dropping on Netflix with its July 4th-themed premiere set in 1985), the perfect occasion to remember how it all started for the United States of America just before it was the United State of America.
Let’s travel back in time to this country’s inspired declaration.
God Bless the United States of America.
The story of the Declaration of Independence is one we must never forget.
It was this American imagination and grit that led to the founding of a nation–the United States of America–unlike any other in human history.
Happy 4th of July!
The United States of America is looking good at 241 years of age.
Still youthful and vibrant, yet equally wise and challenged, the American experiment continues to work and thrive in a world of great uncertainty and overwhelming odds against it. There are moments of tremendous divisions that give the impression of weakness and disorder. Although, those that proclaim this notion are ignoring history and basic reality.
As the past 241 years have demonstrated, its the similarities and differences (small and large) between Americans have actually contributed to the strength and durability of the United States of America as the greatest country in the history of the world. We are free to debate, free to express our speech and free to change the course of an issue or, yes, even a nation or the world, through individual expression. Whether in the form of dissent or a rallying call, the opportunity for a better tomorrow is always present for the taking, if we so choose. Fierce debate and strong willed disagreements at the individual, local, state and national level don’t broadcast weakness or reason to sulk and panic, but instead presents the chance for someone (or a group) to see something differently and take action to bridge the seemingly unbridgable gap for a positive vision of unity.
The harder the task, the more impactful the reward.
On the 4th of July, we celebrate all the amazing characteristics that define the United States of America. These celebrations, universal and deeply personal, are special and warrant grand spectacles in the form of spectacular fireworks, wonderful parades, delicious bbq’s and entertaining movies with friends and family.
Above all, we remember that some of this nation’s most critically important historical moments have occurred in the face of intense adversity and daunting uncertainty that, once the smoke clears, continues to reveal a country that will sustain and thrive in ways we couldn’t have ever imagined.
This was one of those moments.
“…and the home of the brave?”
The concluding charge in “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key (there’s a family connection to Mr. Key) that, when answered, refreshes the promise of the American experiment for generations to come. And today is a perfect occasion for us to answer that call, in our own unique fashion, for the country we love.
Happy Independence Day.
There’s a phrase, “Truth is stranger than fiction.”
In the case of most Americans, they’re wishing that fiction was the truth.
Today is when we celebrate our founding fathers for their revolutionary vision and incredible blind faith in a new nation with new principles that would redefine the world forever. The United States of America is the greatest country in history, and 240 years ago, this nation declared that its citizens have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
That’s the truth.
Here’s the fiction.
Independence Day: Resurgence has the difficult task of just trying to live up to the classic original. Certainly not an easy task, particularly without Will Smith. The rest of the cast and director did return, which is an encouraging sign. The 1996 B-Movie masterpiece was 2 and 1/2 hours of cinematic gold, featuring one of the best (if not the best) American presidential portrayals in film: President Thomas J. Whitmore. If there’s one dynamic the current presidential election cycle has verified, it’s that anything is possible. With this in mind, why not write-in or at least imagine a fictional movie character as our next president?
President Thomas J. Whitmore exemplifies the character and courage our founders had in mind back in 1776.
Happy Independence Day!