I was born a patriot. With a history teacher mother and a family of veterans, I learned from an early age about sacrifice and freedom. Most of our family vacations involved either a battlefield, a monument or a cemetery, and my historian mother would make them come alive through her stories. I learned that despite our country’s mistakes and shortcomings, the United States of America is still the greatest country in the world. I believe this in the very core of my being, not because I have an unwarranted, grandiose view of what it means to be an American, but because here debate is supported — even encouraged — and change is possible.
I hope that this Fourth of July, we can all set aside our differing points of view and take a moment to give thanks that we live in a country where we’re allowed to have opinions. God bless your family this Fourth and God bless our country during this challenging time.