Happy Birthday America

As I sit here on the 4th of July, an important date in the history of the country I love so much. The United States of America, I am so proud that my ancestors had so much to do with the freedoms we now enjoy.

The very first one of us that came to this country in 1774 ended up with the Continental Army. His son, Peter, married into the Livesay family, who were wagon makers. Those wagons carried American’s westward in the 1800’s.

I often wonder if my own great grandparents came to Oklahoma in one of those wagons.

Here in our country, we are not perfect, we do not have a perfect history. But is is ours and we own it, every day, Americans everywhere strive to do better than the ones that came before them.

In this time, more than ever, we all need to work together for a better future for our progeny.

We have come so far, even from my childhood, we have come so far.

I pray for every service person today, for every man and woman in blue, for every one out there who believes there are still injustices. I pray for peaceful resolutions to the issues that we have here in our country. I pray everyone remembers it is OUR country, all of ours. We are a huge melting pot of so many ethnicities, one race, human, we should all remember that.

We are all one race, one people, humanity, we are on a precipice, I believe, we have the opportunity to build on the work the ones that came before us started.

Love is the answer, it is the key, for everyone, not just a few, do not preach love and then throw a fireball in a building. Do not preach love and deface private property. Do not preach love and lob a brick at someones head.

None of those actions are the American Way, on this day, the day we celebrate our independence from England, let’s remember the sacrifices that have been made so we can say what we want, we can be whatever we want. We can raise our children to remember those sacrifices.

We have the right to pursue happiness, not the right to have happiness, we have the right to pursue it.

Let’s all remember that it isn’t about the color of our skin, we all bleed red, we all have the same amount of bones in our body, we all have the same organs in our bodies. This is bigger than us, it is about leaving our country in a state of something we can be proud that our children inherit.

I still believe all men (and women) are created equally, that we should all have the same opportunities in life, not that the we should be handed said opportunities. We should all work toward goals, not be handed them, we should all be judged by the content of our characters.

I pray for our children, for all of them, that they all grow into productive members of society. That they all know peace and know that peace comes at a price. That freedoms come at a price and men and women step up to the task of ensuring our freedoms.

God Bless America and God Bless ALL Americans.

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