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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

To That America, We Wish Happy Birthday


To the country that values citizenry over consumerism, 
that values liberty over enslavement,
that values equal opportunities for all, 
that values the health of one equal to the health of another, 
that learned that separate is not equal,
that put a man on the moon, 
that separated church from state in order that church could be that much more available, 
that helped free the world from Nazi tyranny and 
proudly had women build the machines that did it, 
that invented the blues, 
that overcame pitting brother against brother in order to break the evil of slavery, 
that exported rock and roll, 
that put storytelling on the big screen, 
that gave us Fred Astaire, 
that gave Einstein a home, 
that has a statue in the harbor welcoming the downtrodden, 
that figured out burgers and shakes go so well together, 
that wrote the social contract that has yet to be beaten that begins "We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal..." THAT America, we wish a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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