So it's that time of year again, to light some fireworks, and grill out and celebrate the grand experiment in democracy our founding fathers set forth. I know we as our country have our flaws (most of which can be typified in jackasses like Pat Robertson, Ted Nuggent Sara Palin and more) but there is still plenty to be proud of....
First off, We are a melting pot, and don't let anyone tell you differently! Currently a lot of our clashes about "real America" and some assholes have been harboring some racism about who is a "real American" or not. Mostly blissfully unaware of any racism that their ancestors may have faced. But it is those different cultures that made us great!
We are the country that created Superheroes, and comic books! William Gaines creator of Mad Magazine has always held the family legend that his dad took collections of sunday funnies and stapled them into books and sold them.
Then there are the pages of Action #1, june 1938 and the birth of the first true superhero, Superman!
Not to mention some of the most awesome superheroes in the world!
In fact it's that whole melting pot thing that makes not just America great, but one of America's greatest sci-fi series Star Trek! an African communications, a Scottish chief of engineer, and a Vulcan as first officer, all working together for the betterment of humanity. It is a microcosm for the American dream, at least the way it should be.
and speaking of Star Trek, we here in the US can be proud of finally recognizing same sex marriage. While I am a happily married straight man, I supported same sex marriage because it is the right thing to do. A family is a made up of love not compatible sexual organs.
In short, Look I know we in the USA may seem like a ton of assholes at times. Every country has that sometimes those assholes are in charge! But on this day I want to look at what makes this country great. and hopefully spend the other 364 days doing my bit to get rid of the things that make us so disliked by other countries. To paraphrase Al Franken I love this country like an adult loves his/her wife/husband. We know them, we know their flaws and foibles, and recognize that they are far from perfect, and we try to make them recognize this and even improve but it does not change the fact that we love them.