Saturday, July 5, 2014

A Sorta Patriotic Pet Peeve.

Happy 4th, folks!  I love this holiday — every year I am reminded of how blessed we are to live in this country, the Land of the Free.  I believe in what America stands for, even as I acknowledge its failures and limits.  I am forever grateful for those brave men and women who serve this country, who believe in securing peace and freedom for others.

But every year, there are people who express their discontent with the government, their hatred for the President of the United States.  People are certainly entitled to their opinions, but my biggest pet peeve is when people publish the most crude and disrespectful things about Mr. Obama on social networking sites.  They say that he is "intentionally screwing the US" and that he is "the stupidest man to ever be President."

Well, to those frustratingly foolish people, I would gladly become next door neighbors with Kim Jung-un if they ever became President of the United States.

Mr. Obama is a flawed man, but so were all the other leaders of this country.  Mr. Obama has made serious errors, but so have all the other leaders of this country.  So this is what I want people to know: Political parties and views will inevitably conflict, but the people who lead this country are good men and women.  They do what they think is best for the country — they don't wake up in the morning thinking, "Hmmm...what can I do to mess things up for the US?"

Whether we are liberal, conservative, independent, or whatever... let us be grateful.  Let us be grateful for the rights and liberties that were granted in the Constitution, one of the most remarkable documents ever forged in world history.  Let us be grateful for a democracy, a system in which our voice actually matters.  And let us be grateful that ambitious, intelligent, and good people lead this nation.

Happy Independence Day, everybody! And please don't let your version of a perfect nation threaten sows of hatred and disrespect.  A love for this country should unite, not divide.

Happy 4th from Manti, Utah!!!!!

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