On the occasion of this Independence Day, I have to admit that I am pretty proud to be an American. There have been times in my life when I have been ashamed of my nationality and wanted to leave the U.S. and never come back, but over time my attitude has changed.
Why am I proud to be an American? Well, it took nearly eight years of living in a socialist country for my attitude to change.
As an American, I will be the first to admit that my nation is not perfect. But as an American, I am free to say that my nation is not perfect. As an American, I am free to march and protest for what I believe in and not have to worry about being detained or arrested for expressing my opinions and beliefs.
This is a great gift that citizens of the United States and many other nations enjoy. While we should be proud of these freedoms, we should also take occasions such as these to remember that there are hundreds of millions of people in the world who do not know such freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of expression.
Celebrate America’s independence today and enjoy it. And tomorrow, work for and support change that will bring freedom to those hundreds of millions of people in the 21st century who still do not enjoy it.
Happy 4th of July!