I take this day to celebrate the great accomplishments that this country has achieved, and to renew my resolve to fix the problems that currently afflict my homeland.
Great accomplishments: The Bill of Rights, The Declaration of Independence, the peaceful transition from one administration to the next every four or eight years, our great universities/orchestras/museums, the abolishment of the class system.
Current problems: Sacrificing freedom because we're afraid, equating money with happiness, the politicization of religon/education/art/morality, the destruction of socio-economic mobility.
Cudos to Spain, Canada, and the United Church of Christ (my parents' church) for promoting equality and justice. The latter is a good example of a religion that is not afraid to re-examine its morality, not surprising for the religious inheritors of Ives.