With as much as you hear us talk about traveling internationally you might think that we don’t love America. That is wrong. America is the land of the free and the home of the brave. We believe in America and its greatness. Thanks to the soldiers who lost their lives yesterday and those who lost them in 1776 we appreciate their sacrifice.
Today is a day that is normally filled with parades, barbecues, fireworks, and music. May all of us think a little deeper in our hearts today and think of others. Think of the soldier who sacrificed everything. Think of Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, and all others who planned diligently to create this country.
As the next election approaches you have a choice, and it is really important for the people of North Carolina, New Hampshire, Florida, Ohio, New Mexico, Nevada, Iowa, and a few other states that will make the difference. Please do your research to learn about the candidates. Amidst all of the travels you take, you have to remember the homeland. Ask for an absentee ballot if necessary.
I once missed a presidential election because I was living in Paraguay. It cost me an internship in the White House. I could have been briefing the President about all political affairs from the Northwest, but didn’t get to as a result of not voting. Remember that you can’t complain if you don’t vote.
Wear your red, white, and blue with pride today. Don’t be boastful putting other countries down or being annoying about pride in your country, but be proud.
I’m fortunate to be from a town in Idaho that shoots off more shells in the firework display than any other show west of the Mississippi. Tonight as I see the smoke clear I’ll be thinking of the song, “Gave proof through the night, that our flag was still there.”
May God Bless America in November of 2012!