If you watch the news or follow the president on Twitter, it can seem pretty hard to feel patriotic this days. But America's birthday is upon us, which means it's time to get in the mood to celebrate this great country with some backyard barbecues, fantastic fireworks, and these book quotes about freedom in honor of the Fourth of July.
But all that negativity aside, it's hard to deny what a great country the United States truly is. Yes, it is plagued with serious issues, social, financial, political and otherwise, but it is also brimming with hope and change. In America today, we have people showing up every day to protest and demonstrate their resistance. We have organized groups speaking out against gun violence and calling out racial injustice. We even have states standing up to unjust and unfair requests from the administration itself.
It might not always be easy to wave the American flag proudly, but when you hear stories like these, it's a nice reminder what our country really is all about: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all.