Proud to be an American…

Yes, YES…I am still proud to be an American. Especially on this special day. The 4th of July. Independence Day.

No, my country is not perfect. No place is.

Yes, our leaders are idiots. Then again it seems these days that is an all too common milady.

But almost 250 years of history cannot be reduced to a single moment in time.

I think this video says it best for me…

But that does not mean I still do not love my homeland, the place of my birth. And while I am finally, truly, and honestly HAPPY in another place, I will not forget my heritage or be ashamed of it. So yes…

So now I must rush off to finish preparations for my proudly Welsh 4th of July BBQ. Goddess bless us all with these words that still hold true today and THAT is what we celebrate on July 4th…

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.-

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