I wasn’t always politically conservative. Growing up in classically liberal Democrats’ homes, I held the same liberal classical views through my 30s. Truth be told, that I do still believe in classical liberal democracy. I also have libertarian tendencies and much of traditional liberalism I used to consider has been replaced by progressive leftism. But I’ve always loved our country. These same relatives instilled in my a passion for patriotism and love for America’s history. They also taught me respect for our founding fathers.
An old poster asking me the question “Why do you love your country?” Years ago I mixed it all up on a political messaging board that lean left. This, Independence Day, is the occasion to celebrate 246 years worth of liberty and success. It only makes sense that we should share.
Many reasons exist. It was founded on principles that I love. I love the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution — the words themselves and the ideas enshrined in them.
It is a great thing that those men wrote these documents. They valued liberty, and they recognized the dangers of concentrated power. This has allowed millions to prosper and thrive, and given them a level of freedom that was previously unimaginable.
I love that we elect our leaders — as imperfect (and frustrating) a process as that often is.
Because of the many opportunities offered by this country, I am proud that there are millions of Americans who love it.
We have such a lovely country, full of natural wonders as well as man-made marvels. It’s also great that you can freely travel around it.
It is amazing to see how American innovation and ingenuity have led to so many discoveries, inventions, and innovations.
You and I are so different in our views of the world and you love it.
I’m well aware that our country is far from perfect. I don’t agree with everything we’ve ever done as a nation. I know there’s more than ample room for improvement. But — I guess I see it sort of like many of us regard a family member — imperfect, flawed, but beautiful and beloved.
All that is true even today holds. Perhaps even more so in the face of extraordinary pressure to tear it all down — from without and within. What we have here — what we’ve built — no one will ever persuade me it isn’t worthy of our love, appreciation, and celebration.
We wish you all happy, free and joyful Independence Day.