I try to stay away from being political or talking about government in general on this blog, unless someone or something has truly screwed up. But it is a national patriotic holiday today, so I figure that I can get away with saying a few words about why I like being an American. =)
So, in no particular order:
- Despite all the horror of the past seven years, politically, this is an election year--and whoever we get in the White House has to be better than George Bush. We've survived as a country for 232 years, despite having presidents like him. We are still here and we are still strong and that makes me proud. =)
- I get to assemble freely in public, I have freedom of speech and the press, and I get to fight for what I believe in without being thrown into jail. These are all good things.
- America has 50 states, and even though I've only been to 21 of them so far, they're all different in their own ways. Variety is the spice of life, right?
- Gay marriage in California and a few other states.
- Being able to make my own choices about my own body, as a woman.
- Being able to argue and have civilized discussions with people who I disagree with about points #4 and 5; that's a huge part of being an American.
- Nathan's hot dogs, Hershey's chocolate bars, and Smucker's grape jelly.
- Immigration, encouraged or not encouraged, which makes our country more diverse and happy, in various different ways. We were, almost all of us, immigrants--once.
- And finally, being a young enough country still that we can make our mistakes, learn from them, and move forward.