If you are an American, today is your birthday. America is 234 years old today, and even though we certainly have our share of problems, and some of them seem to get worse every year, we’re still privileged to be citizens of the greatest nation the world has ever known.

Just think about it. We have freedoms and a standard of living that most people in the world can only dream of. Most of you reading this have never gone to bed hungry, or wondered where your next meal was coming from. We may not like our nation’s leaders, but we have the freedom to say so, loud and long, without fearing storm troopers kicking in our door in at night.

If you don’t like your job, you have the freedom to quit and do something else. If you grow disillusioned with your community, you can work from within to change it, or you can pack up and leave any time you want to.

You can be a Baptist, a Lutheran, a Catholic, a Mormon, a Buddhist, an agnostic, or an atheist, and nobody can tell you how to worship, or what to worship.

In America, you can work as hard as you want to, and achieve any measure of success you want, as long as you are willing to make the sacrifices necessary to make it happen. Or, you can be a happy underachiever, leading a low pressure lifestyle, if that’s what floats your boat.

And why do we have this freedom that millions of people in the world would be willing to die for? Because so many of our countrymen have died to preserve it! From the days when farmers and shopkeepers clenched their muskets and faced off with the British at Concord Bridge, to Gettysburg and Shiloh, to the trenches of Belleau Wood, the blood soaked beaches of Normandy and Iwo Jima, the frozen hills of Korea, and the steaming jungles of Vietnam, and on to today’s battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan, America’s soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen have answered the call, and beaten the tyrants of the world into submission so that you and I can have the lives we do today. 

Freedom is not free. It comes at a very high price. A price that our fathers, uncles, brothers, husbands, sons, and yes, sisters and wives too, have paid for us, again and again.   

Ahh… freedom. That’s about the best birthday present anybody can get!

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16 Comments on Happy Birthday To Us!

  1. Connie Braidh says:

    Just want to say, Yes, I am glad to be an American.
    The prices are pretty good in the US also. We were in Mexico and Canada this year. Mexican prices where we were were pretty much the same as US prices. Canada prices are HIGH. We are now in New Brunswick just over the border from the US. The campground manager/owner I talked to says he goes across the border all the time to do his shopping.
    So Viva the USA. Happy birthday US (us). Be thankful and be sure to vote on November!!!! Whatever your position, we (the citizens) have the right to elect our own leaders. Our country is a great place to live, not perfect, but great. It is up to us to keep it that way and keep working for it to be better all the time.

  2. LeRoy Willis says:

    Hoorah, From a Vietnam era soldier father of a current E7 SF guy and father in law of a Navy guy.
    We have not only all the points you spoke of but we can fuss, gripe send scathing e-mails accross the country fussing about our President and not be jailed or shot for doing so. Then we can change all our leadres every election if we so chose. and sleep soundly at night.
    Land of the free because of the brave.
    LRW

  3. Don Damkaer says:

    Well put Nick! We have just returned from a trip to Denmark and Sweden and have seen first hand in many other countries the things we take for granted. We had a program last night at the Benson SKP Co-Op and it did me proud to be able to hold our American Flag in front of the people while we sang the various service songs and ended with “Proud to be an American”! We then went out on the porch and watched the fireworks display from the town. A great way to end a significant day in our countries history. Happy 4th to all!

  4. Dale says:

    “It ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God….I am well aware of the Toil, Blood and Treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see…that the End is more than worth all the Means.” John Adams on the Declaration of Independence, July 3, 1776.

    A post from one of my friends on Facebook.

  5. “You can be a Baptist, a Lutheran, a Catholic, a Mormon, a Buddhist, an agnostic, or an atheist, and nobody can tell you how to worship, or what to worship.”

    Well said Nick, but one of the greatest dangers we face today are the prominent politicians and religious leaders that want to change this! All the people using code phrases like “take our country back” and “we are a Christian nation” just want to deprive us of those very freedoms you just enumerated. Fundamentalists are just as dangerous here as they are in the Middle East!

  6. Amen to most of that! And Happy Birthday to All of US.

  7. Greg White says:

    Beautifully said, Nick.
    Jan and Greg

  8. George Stoltz says:

    AMEN

  9. Bob Lewis says:

    If the above poster thinks “We are a Christian nation” is a “code phrase”, then he’s right up there with the founding fathers. From the Federalist Papers on, our country is referred to as a “Christian nation” repeatedly by our country’s founders.

    Every session of Congress is opened with a prayer. Every session of the Supreme Court is opened with a prayer. Our money has “In God We Trust” on it.

    We ARE a Christian Nation!

  10. Elaine says:

    Great Blog Nick you hit the nail on the head. Have a safe fourth of July.

  11. Happy birthday Nick! Freedom certainly is a great gift that we all enjoy.

  12. Jack & Vicki says:

    Thank you for saying it all. God Bless America!

  13. MsKay says:

    Great post, as usual! Hope you have a better day today! I feel we are very lucky, and I’m counting those blessings today! Happy 4th.

  14. Steve says:

    That is one great thing about this country. You can believe in whatever fairy tale you want. I choose to believe that Bob L. is God. Happy 4th!

  15. Allan says:

    Nice tribute to our great country and the military through the years that sacrificed so that everyone in our country could enjoy the freedom. Some people appreciate their hard bought freedom and others take it for granted. Our founding fathers established a constitution that would endure through the ages not one to change with the times. I salute our founding fathers and the couragous men and women that fought for our independence.

  16. ZoAnn Lapinsky says:

    “All the people using code phrases like “take our country back” and “we are a Christian nation” just want to deprive us of those very freedoms you just enumerated. Fundamentalists are just as dangerous here as they are in the Middle East!”

    I was trying to decide how to say this, when I ran into Dennis’ post above which said it all better than I could. And another great post, Nick. Happy Birthday America!

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