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A Beautiful, Messy, Disastrous Victory of a Country

There are faults and dangers. They're real, and they have to be tackled, and acknowledged, and we have to struggle to fix them, and we might fuck up badly. Lord knows, we've done that before. There are Americans who are still oppressed, marginalized, passed over, and wronged. And none of us will have full freedom until we change that.

I hope to god we do that; I hope we stand up to the greed-headed selfish bastards - either the ones around us or the ones inside us - and transform their hearts,  our hearts, and make this country better.

Because America is something amazing on this earth, one that stumbles and lurches, falls, gets up and struggles forward again,  toward freedom and democracy. This country holds within its Constitution, within its traditions, within its millions of souls, the promise of so much good ...

I promise to do my best. I promise to help this place, this America - my second home, the place that holds so much of my heart - become as magnificent as it can be.

Happy Birthday, America.


Date: Thursday, 5 July 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
This is beautiful...simply beautiful. Thank you, honey - and Happy Independence Day!

*HUGS*

Date: Thursday, 5 July 2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] gerisullivan.livejournal.com
Yes, what [livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon wrote. I keep wanting to pull out a particular phrase, but if I start, I'll end up quoting the entire thing.

Thank you for your promise. It's my honor to match it with my own.

In promise, with promise. Happy Birthday, America. May we continue growing, learning, and striving toward freedom and democracy for all.
Edited Date: Thursday, 5 July 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)

Date: Friday, 6 July 2012 08:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sensiblecat.livejournal.com
Beautifully put. I'm British, but America affects us all. Happy 4th July!

Date: Sunday, 8 July 2012 02:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apostle-of-eris.livejournal.com
When Ho Chi Minh wrote a Declaration of Independence for Viet Nam, he began it, "When in the course of human events . . . "
It doesn't get any better than our best.
And in proportion to our size and diversity, there has never been a more tolerant, harmonious country.

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