Nine things I celebrate about the United States of America

It’s easy to look for things to bemoan. There are plenty. But today, on the 5th of July, I’m interested in thinking about some things to celebrate.

  1. Freedom of religion.
  2. Freedom of speech.
  3. Natural beauty.
  4. The vitality and hope of its young people.
  5. Its size. Driving across it is an amazing experience.
  6. Institutions that have lasted for over 225 years. Creaking at times, but still more or less functional.
  7. The right to vote.
  8. Its public libraries.
  9. Energy and hope of its people – immigrant, entrepreneurial, creative. People keeping coming here, keep starting businesses, keep writing books and making art.

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