Why I Love America

In times like these, it’s hard to remember why we love America. When the national deficit is nauseatingly high and the proposed solutions are all but non-existent, it’s easy to lose sight of what makes this nation great. But on this, her 235th birthday, it’s important to remember why we should all be proud to be Americans.

I love America because it is the greatest country in the world.

I love America because it is England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Germany, France, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Russia, China, Japan, Nigeria, Kenya, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, and every other country and nationality on earth rolled into one.

I love America because it’s the eleventh inning on a school night.

I love America because it’s the only place movies about penguins in New York, talking cars in Italy, and transforming, alien Robots in Los Angeles can all be dominant in theatres… at the same time.

I love America because for every Wal-Mart or McDonald’s, there’s a Bratcher’s grocery and an Uncle Bill’s.

I love America because Red, White, and Blue is the coolest combination of colors on earth.

I love America because that flag was still flying in the dawn’s early light, and I love America because there was a poet there to write about it.

I love America because only here could James Carville and Mary Matalin be happily married for almost twenty years.

I love America because, hey, Rocky Balboa’s from there!

I love America because only she could go from Jim Crow to Barack Obama in fifty years.

Most of all, however, I love America because you love America. I love America because even though no two of us agree on almost everything, we agree on the glory of this country. I love America because every year on this date, her birthday, we buy charcoal and fireworks, set fire the each, and sit back with beer, bratwurst, and bottle rockets and sing America the Beautiful. I love America because you love America, and you love America because we all love America. When push comes to shove, America is the most united country in the world, and the greatest country in the world.

Happy birthday to the country you and I love.

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