Today marks the 243rd anniversary of the United States. Far from being a moment of certitude, it was a time of historic uncertainty. The 56 men who added their signatures to the Declaration of Independence understood that each of them would be hung if the Colonists had lost the Revolutionary War. Signing their names to that document meant that they were committing an act of treason.

Despite that incredible risk, those 56 patriots signed their names to that revolutionary document. Thanks to their declaration and Washington’s indispensable military leadership, combined with the intellectual brilliance of the writers of the Constitution, the United States of America has been the greatest liberator in the history of mankind.

Despite the incorrect claim that the US is a conquering power, the truth still remains that the only land that the US has ever asked for from the countries that they’ve voluntarily liberated is enough ground to bury the men who helped liberate those countries.

Just a few weeks ago, this nation celebrated another anniversary — the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. While visiting Normandy, here’s the sight that President Trump had:

Conservatives are belittled for their ‘fake patriotism’. It isn’t that we look past the imperfections of the Founding Fathers or the men that signed that Declaration. It’s that we look at the total picture rather than the cherry-picked picture. We see the nations that we’ve liberated as well as the mistakes that we’ve made. It’s that we see the steadfastness of American support for lifelong allies like Great Britain, France and Israel. It’s that we cherish our building new alliances with nations like Japan and South Korea.

How can people like Joy Reid look at the United States and only see an oppressive nation? How can opinion writers say that the United States never was a great nation, that, at best, it was an ok nation?

Tell that to the Philippines after the New Year’s Day tsunami when the US military sent ships to the region to turn salt water into drinking water. Tell that to the Pakistani people that the US unburied after an earthquake.

The so-called experts at the time thought that the US might, if it was fortunate, last 75 years. We’re now closing in on 250 years, far better than the experts had estimated.

Today, instead of celebrating the 4th of July, which happens to be my 63rd birthday, let’s unite around the principles this great nation was built up and that make this the greatest nation in human history. Let’s celebrate Independence Day instead of just celebrating the 4th of July.

God bless America!

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