Happy July 4th!

Robert Terson

I want to wish my fellow Americans a happy July 4th. For the rest of you around the world, I hope you’ll raise a glass to us, wish us well.

In 1776 when the United States of America was born, someone asked Benjamin Franklin, “What sort of government have you given us, Dr. Franklin?” Franklin purportedly replied, “A Republic, madam, if you can keep it.” Well, we’ve managed to keep it so far. It’s not a perfect form of government (there is no such thing!), but it beats any other I’d want to live under. Nor are we a perfect country; we have plenty of problems to deal with and we’re a rather divided lot, but there is no other country on Earth I’d prefer to be a citizen of. I thank my ancestors every day that they had the courage to travel halfway around the world and come to this wonderful land of freedom and opportunity.

Happy July 4th, everyone!

 

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