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The Fourth of July. America’s Birthday. Independence Day.
For some, it means celebration of America and the good life.
For others, it means another day without a job, another day of facing foreclosure, another day of hunger.
For still others, it is just another day of work in a life of multiple jobs to barely make ends meet.
Americans celebrate, or don’t celebrate, the Fourth of July in differing ways. Some see the day as a reaffirmation of the American way of life. Some see it as an obsolete holiday that recognizes a way of life that no longer exists.
America on this Fourth of July is a divided nation, split at the seams by economic, political and philosophical divides. America in 2012 is a nation of class warfare, political division and bitter revisionism. National pride is harder to find nowadays. Candidates for office spend millions telling voters what is wrong with America, not what is right. Each promises to fix problems, even those that don’t exist.
With that in mind, we at Capitol Hill Blue propose that we take at least today to put aside petty, partisan difference, to look beyond political division and philosophical debates.
We may not like some — or a lot — of what is happening in America but we still — for the time being — still live in a nation where we are free to be different, free to criticize our government and free to walk into that polling both in November and tell candidates how we feel about them by voting for or against them.
America isn’t perfect but it took the late Winston Churchill to tell America the truth about its form of government.
“Democracy,” Churchill said, “is the worst form of government…except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”
Happy Birthday America.