Happy 4th of July everyone!
Here are my patriotic thoughts for Independence Day.
I am a strict believer in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. I think freedom is messy and often offensive, but still the best alternative. I proudly fly the stars & stripes and call myself a liberal.
I believe every American citizen has the right to religious freedom, including the right to be free from religion.
I believe every American has the right to high quality health care, regardless of their income.
I believe the American people should be vastly more important to our lawmakers than any corporate interest. Right down to the food we put in our mouths.
I believe the United States has the power and brains to be a world leader in peace, clean energy, ecological conservation, civil rights, and speedy snow removal (listen, I live in Minnesota, it's quite important up here!). Every day we aren't is a squander of natural resources not to mention a shirking of our duty.
I believe every single American should have to study the events of the Revolution declared in 1776. Everything you need to know about democracy and freedom is right there.
Now I'm going to enjoy the 4th like a good American should: friends and family, iced tea, meat on the grill, noisy fireworks, a cold beer, and brownies. Come on over!