Across America on the 4th of July, we celebrate Independence Day. Many, people sacrificed everything to build the country we call, America. On this day, all Americans should have patrotic pride to be an American and forget about political policies that are not going our particular way. We are very blessed to live in America!
In honor of July Fourth, author Todd Patkin has compiled a list of seven reasons to be grateful to live in the United States of America.
Patkin says, “his list represents aspects of our country that we often take for granted” (The Times and Democrat, 2015, para 2). Listed below are seven good reasons to be grateful for being Americans:
* Our security. While attacks from terrorists (both foreign and domestic) have proven that the United States is not completely invulnerable, we do live very secure lives compared to many of our brothers and sisters around the world. Wars are not being fought on our soil, and our neighbors are friendly. Can you imagine what it would be like to not feel safe walking out of your own front door, or to live in a city that has been literally and figuratively torn apart by conflict? Furthermore, our law enforcement professionals are constantly on duty to make sure that our communities are safe, fair, and just places to live (The Times and Democrat, 2015).
* Our standard of living. Compared to so many other people on this planet, Americans live comfortable, secure and even luxurious lives. Most of us live in our own homes, drive our own cars, have plenty to eat and enjoy amenities ranging from smartphones to laptops to grocery stores to movie theaters (The Time and Democrat, 2015).
* The American Dream. It’s still alive and well. This is a country where you can do what you want, build a comfortable life and even rise to impressive heights if you are positive, honest and work hard. You do not have to be confined to a certain place or profession if you do not want to be (The Times and Democrat, 2015).
* Diversity. America continues to be The Great Melting Pot. Around the country as a whole, there is so much variety in terms of culture, food, background, beliefs, etc. Every person and family is different, and each person lives a unique life (The Times and Democrat, 2015).
* Medical care and education. Despite complaints about medical care and the education system in the United States, both are very high quality. People come to our country from all around the world specifically to take advantage of them (The Times and Democrat, 2015).
* Water. You can drink it whenever you want without worrying about getting sick. You can buy it bottled and by the case in many stores. You can take long, hot showers and baths. You can even immerse yourself in it if you go to a pool, river or lake. By comparison, many countries around the world have contaminated, non-potable water and/or have to deal with major water shortages (The Time and Democrat, 2015).
* The postal service. Talk about something we really take for granted but still rely heavily on even in the digital age. When you think about it, it’s amazing that you can put a letter in your mailbox and be pretty sure it will end up where you want it to go in a short period of time (The Times and Democrat, 2015).
Happy Birthday, America!
The Times and Demcrat, (2015). Seven reasons to be grateful as an American. Retrieved from http://thetandd.com/news/opinion/editorial/seven-reasons-to-be-grateful-as-an-american/article_f7e3321e-e42e-11e2-b69e-0019bb2963f4.html