There’s a reason why the United States is wealthier than Venezuela, Zimbabwe, India, and North Korea. There’s a reason why the only footprints on the moon were put there by Americans. There’s a reason why aviation, movies, radio, television, air conditioning, nuclear power, personal computers, and the internet were pioneered in America. And it’s not because we’re better than everyone else. It’s because we’re free. And free people figure things out. Free people do great things.
I’ve always said I won the lottery just by being born in the United States. Sure, we have problems. And, yes, we squabble like cats and dogs. But we’re still a kick-ass country. And we’re still FREE. So thank you to all those who gave their lives at Lexington, Gettysburg, Normandy, Iwo Jima, Selma, and Fallujah. You gave “the last full measure of devotion” for my freedom. I am sincerely humbled and grateful.