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Thursday, July 4, 2024

Declarations on Independence Day

As someone prone to criticize but slow to praise the United States, today seems an ideal day to reverse that paradigm. Taking anything for granted, even a country, is short sighted. Join me. What are your declarations on Independence Day?

* I'm proud of the bill of rights and especially partial to the first amendment declaring freedom of religion, speech, press, and assembly. For all our arguments, where would we be without those freedoms?

* While on the Constitution, I'm real fond of the checks and balances established there. Anytime one of the three branches lets me down or oversteps its bounds, it's nice to know the other two are there to provide ballast. It's a pretty cool set-up, don't you think?

* Though I know it's hokey and, I'm also aware lots of people were dragged here against their will, I'm proud of how the U.S. continues to (mostly) welcome people from all over the world. Lots of challenges go with that "give us your tired..." motto, but July 4th reminds me how this country has made that work as well as most.


  1. I am in awe of the diversity of land and experiences one can have here (mountains, ocean, forests,plains) and I have to agree with you on #1 as well.

    1. Anonymous; Thanks for the comment. Although my declarations were more focused on civics-related stuff, I share your awe in the diversity of our land and the experiences we can have. I also celebrate the diversity of our population, although I know that isn't a feature shared by all.

  2. I agree with #1 as well in principle but am deeply concerned about it and more importantly #2. There are no checks and balances currently with the Supreme Court. And #3 theoretically but given the current issues with immigration and push back against DEI, that is also a concern.

    1. Ines; I too am worried about all of my declarations in light of our current political climate. But I'm optimistic we will weather our current situation and emerge stronger on the other side. Thanks for the comment.