A lot has changed over the last 239 years. A lot has changed just in the past 20! We all know this country has its shortcomings today and has had a history of past mistakes that still seem to fester decades later. In this post-modern era, it seems the popular thing to do to criticize every little thing we do as a country. Pessimism has overtaken the optimism of our Founding Fathers, despite the overwhelming odds they faced. I don't completely understand it. The opportunities this country has provided for millions of natural born citizens and immigrants alike have never been matched. We have consistently raised the standard of living, led the world in technological advances, and have fought for the liberation of millions of people across the globe among other things.
Some of those "other things" America has offered the world are:
- Fire departments
- The telephone
- Jazz, Rock and Roll, and the Blues
- Disney World!
- The airplane and the Space Shuttle
- Aviation pioneers like Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager, Neal Armstrong, etc.
- The assembly line that made the automobile affordable for the middle class
- The pacemaker, and the MRI
- A compassionate people that gives more to charity than any other
- The first practical application of a government where the people had unalienable rights and freedoms
- The delivery of food and supplies to defenseless victims of warlords
- The Panama Canal
- Jack Daniels
- The Muscle Car
- The Marshal Plan
This is just a short list of countless many other things we have accomplished, despite our weaknesses. This Fourth of July, we still have a lot to celebrate so don't be ashamed to! Motivate yourself and inspire others to do more to add to this list. Choose to be optimistic rather than pessimistic. Volunteer or donate to a charity that does good work. Always strive for more, but don't forget to be content with what you have. Be a producer of something, even if it's small.
In the meantime, check out the History Channel's July 4th page.