Before we get into the meat of the matter today, let me wish everyone a happy Fourth of July.
On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife after signing the Declaration of Independence that said,
“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this time forward forever more. ”
I promise to do my part, and I hope you and yours fulfill your celebratory duties as well.
I know at times it seems like the United States has become this hate-filled, tragically poverty-stricken nation on a path to inevitable failure.
If you rely on the news media (on both sides of the political spectrum), it sure seems that way.
However, for all our faults and difficulties, this is not the case.
I travel quite a bit, and I can tell you that America is still America.
America is full of kind, generous, thoughtful, innovative, and hardworking people that care about their communities.
The only nations with higher GDP per capita than us are less than half the size of Texas and have a population smaller than Florida.
We are the only nation in history to have a population this large and diverse that has managed to make it work; and I’m pretty sure that in spite of the news, we will continue to be the great nation we have always strived to be.