Today is America’s Birthday. It is a time to celebrate all of the accomplishments of the last year. Although it remains a challenging time economically, the future seems to look just a bit brighter with Bin Laden gone, the recession starting to abate and soldiers beginning to come home to their families. I thank God to live in this country for all of it’s flaws, as I have traveled around the world and know what an extraordinary place America is. This is not solely due to the spectacular geography of our land, but because of the American people and our generous, gregarious, adventurous, kind-hearted spirits. Too often we hear of how terrible we are as a people. However, take a look around at your friends and neighbors, offer a smile to a stranger, and see how quickly it comes back. This is a wonderful country and I truly am proud to be an American. I thank all of the men and women who have made it possible for me to live in a free society without fear of worshiping in the manner I please, speaking of what I choose to address, and love whom my heart adores. God truly does bless America.
Happy July 4th, 2011