It's the fourth of July, and what a great opportunity to reflect on why we love our country.
America was founded on freedom. Freedom to worship as you choose, to seek your own fortune, to live your own life. Brave pilgrims and colonists came here looking for freedom. When they declared independence from England, they set up a government designed to defend that freedom. Thank God for those brave founders!
America was founded on hope. The people who came here on the Mayflower and other ships had to leave everything they had ever known in the world behind. Why would they do that? On the hope that the new world would be better. Americans are still like that -- risking everything to start a business, to try something new, or to serve their country. Only one thing can make those kind of risks make sense: A firm belief that by persistence, intelligence, and hard work we can make our great nation even better.
America was founded with recognition of our creator. When the founding fathers declared their independence from England, they did so with a specific acknowledgement that they were created, and that they were created to be free. The document the signing of which we celebrate today begins with an acknowledgement of God.
Let there be no doubt. We live in the greatest nation on earth. So let's celebrate and give thanks for it today! Have a happy Fourth of July.