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America – The Beautiful

Angie Morgan, July 3, 2017

America - The Beautiful
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. – John F. Kennedy

I’ve been to more spaghetti dinners, potlucks, and BBQ’s in these past few months than I can count! As I support my husband’s campaign for Congress, I’ve been traveling throughout Michigan meeting Americans, talking about their challenges, and understanding their hopes for their future. It’s been inspiring.

One thing I love most about these conversations is how passionate Americans are about America. We love our country, which is why when we disagree it can get ugly. Recently, my husband sent a note to prospective supporters and received a not so supportive reply. (That’s putting it lightly!) The note didn’t offend us. It reminded us that not everyone shares our vision, and that’s okay. That’s what makes America beautiful. 
We’re a nation of fighters. As hard as we fought for our independence, there were more fights to follow to ensure our values weren’t compromised, and our way of life wasn’t infringed upon. In fact, many would say we’re still fighting. We are, to quote a line from the hit musical Hamilton, a nation comprised of citizens who are “Young, scrappy, and hungry.” Not all conflict is bad. In fact, some of the best ideas and outcomes our nation has experienced were the result of long, hard battles that tested our nation’s mettle and tried our collective soul.
On this 4th of July, though, let’s put down the gloves. Fighting is exhausting – we all need a break. We all have been observing this hostile division going on in the political sphere, pitting ideology versus ideology, and often neighbor versus neighbor. Let’s all disengage to celebrate our patriotism and pride. Let’s pause to honor and respect those who’ve gone before us to ensure our freedoms remain intact. Let’s go to parades and – when the flag passes – urge others to stand. Sure, wear red, white and blue, and watch the fireworks, too. Let’s all celebrate that we live in a country where we can have these intense debates. 
Our Founding Fathers got so many things right – let’s do right by them through our expression of public spirit and enthusiasm around this incredible, enduring democracy. Happy 4th of July.

Angie and her family will be spending their 4th of July at both the Frankfort and Beulah, Michigan parades. If you see her, wave – she’s passing out candy and has quite the throwing arm!!   

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