SACRAMENTO, July 4, 2012 — “So let me stand up, next to you, and defend her still today … There ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the U-S-A.”
Those words, sung by Lee Greenwood, still ring true and may be more important than ever before.
To our current troops and our veterans everywhere, thank you for your service.
To those who made America great, from the dearly departed Andy Griffith to every ordinary American we have not met, thank you for blazing the trail we now walk.
To Americans old and new, Happy Independence Day.
The hot dogs and hamburgers will be grilled to perfection and the beverages will be ice cold. May Joey Chestnut once again bring home the championship yellow belt at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York.
For me it is a simple day of riding in the Fourth of July Parade on a float not too far from the California state capitol. As for the fireworks, they get more beautiful ever year.
Independence day may be more meaningful this year than it has ever been. This is because the stakes for America have never been higher.
In the 1970s, America was knocked down and counted out. The former Soviet Union was going to bury us. Those who figured America was finished figured wrong.
In the 1980s, America was knocked down and counted out. The Japanese were going to take us over. Those who figured America was finished figured wrong.
On September 11th, 2001, America was knocked down and counted out. Radical Islamist terrorists crashed into our towers. They were going to eliminate the American way of life. Those who figured America was finished figured wrong.
Now America is told that we will fall either to China or to some other superpower yet to flex muscle.
So let Independence Day of 2012 be a defiant message to the rest of the world: Count America out at your own peril.
Americans were not born superior. It is the nature of this country. It is the structure of our system. It is the freedom and liberty we possess.
It is about people who dig down deep when America needs them most. America really needs these people now more than ever.
There are some serious storm clouds on the horizon. The economy is hurting. Uncertainty has affected everyone from big and small business owners to ordinary Americans as unemployment remains stubbornly high. We are drowning in debt as government spending skyrockets.
Our government will protect every tree and every animal, but somehow cannot protect every human being. Terrorists are still trying to kill us all.
The world is on fire. Greece is bankrupt, and France is on the verge of joining them over the cliff.
Yet despite everything, I still believe Americans will find a way to right our ship and keep us that shining city on a hill Ronald Reagan talked about.
We are the people who defeated Nazism and Communism. We are the people who briefly confronted Radical Islam head on, and dealt it crushing blows.
We are the people who invented virtually everything that matters in this world. IBM gave us the personal computer. Microsoft gave us the software. The Internet is American, and soon it connected the world.
Facebook has one out of every seven people on Planet Earth sharing their lives and connecting with each other. An American brought the world this technology.
As of this moment, America still has the greatest health care system in the world. Everybody has medical care. Nobody is turned away from an emergency room. Citizens all over the world line up to see American doctors.
For those worried about politics, we have elections. We fight for months on end, but all but the most rabid partisans accept the results. We have another election this November. On January 20th of 2013 there will be a swearing-in ceremony. It will be legitimate.
In addition to a president, we have a legislature and a judiciary that, even when criticized, are still the envy of the world. The worst member of Congress is still less threatening than a dictator.
The best part of this country is that even when Americans are sharply divided on the means, we agree on the ends. With the exception of a few fringe zealots, most Americans truly love this country and want to make it better.
Times are tough, but I still believe that Americans are tougher.
The pioneer spirit still burns within us. Right now there are children playing with toys who will grow up to work in laboratories. They will come up with cures for cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.
On this July 4th, regardless of race, ethnicity, natural origin, or sexual orientation, we can all beam with pride knowing that we can be whoever we want to be. The upside is endless. We can reach higher heights than the fireworks in the sky.
This does not happen by accident. It comes through hard work and belief in almighty God. For atheists, they have the right to challenge that as well.
What we are is Americans.
We have bounced back before, and we will do whatever it takes to get back to where we need to be.
We’re down, but we’re not out.
So let’s enjoy the beauty of July 4th, and then be prepared to roll up those sleeves on July 5th and get to work.
We can do this.
God Bless the USA.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian.
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