04 Jul Celebrate the Fourth of July with Photos of the Protests That Made America
Not even America can keep America down.
America is not, and never will be, complete. It is a process, a collaboration between people who do not share the same views and sometimes hate each other. It is the idea that these people can live together, and help one another, and realize the dreams sketched out very long ago by the Founding Fathers.
Embracing America does not mean uncritically endorsing everything about America. It does not meaning casting back to some 1950s ideal, or deifying those Founding Fathers, who owned slaves and restricted the right to vote to wealthy white landowning men. We can acknowledge that while at the same time honoring them for starting this process, for giving us this country that has been improved, bit by bit.
That improvement has been halting, and sometimes bloody. Americans have been killed trying to secure life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for their children. Often it was other Americans who killed them. But still, despite everything, the country we inherited has progressed, slowly, into something better.