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July 4, 1826.

The nation was 50 years old.

Only two of the Founding Fathers, who fought and struggled and risked their lives for OUR freedom today, had survived.

Two men who had been political enemies... two polar opposites, who had pained and grieved each other had lived...
...to see our nation's 50th birthday.

Though they both loved America, their views on how this unique, new nation would be formed clashed. At times, one was even willing to destroy the reputation of the other, in order to promote their own political agenda... their own vision...
...for how these United States of America would become a nation which would survive to be governed by the people.

These two men were the great statesmen and our 2nd and 3rd Presidents, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

BOTH contributed to our nation.

BOTH loved America.
And, yet... they were such bitter political enemies at times, that their rivalry with one another would seem extreme, even today.

But, they shared a love of country that could also be described as unrivaled, even to this day.

They went for years without speaking, but...
...toward the end of their lives, they wrote letters to each other. Faithful and constant letters. They made peace. They expressed compassion. They expressed understanding, and yes... even love.

John Adams once wrote, "No, posterity... you will never know how much...
...it cost us to preserve YOUR freedom. I hope that you will make a good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it."

Both men... who had been political enemies, turned repentant friends...
...loved to see the dawn of the glorious 50th birthday of these United States of America.

They were both BRILLIANT minds, who almost seemed to see the future and gave us a roadmap to use to navigate through these perilous times, WHILE valuing and preserving our freedom...
...our nation.

And, both of them closed their eyes for the final time on that glorious day... #July4th.

#IndependenceDay isn't political. It is OUR nation's glorious day. It IS a day to celebrate. It IS a day to remember those who founded OUR nation...
It IS a day to celebrate those who fought to carve out this great nation AND those who fight to keep us free today.

Who are WE to #BoycottJuly4th? What has HAPPENED to us? How selfish and prideful are we, who pout at the idea of celebrating our FREEDOM... our NATION.
I wondered just now, as I was reading through social media, whether John Adams was repenting in Heaven for going through the struggle to create for us this beautiful, FREE country.

Boycotting the remembrance and celebration of the birth of our nation is absurd...
...and, I don't really care who I offend by saying it.

People came before US.

People will come after us.

WE are temporary.

In the grand scheme of this glorious nation, it would do us ALL well to pause and be THANKFUL for the privilege of being a citizen of America.
Our Founding Fathers aren't just stories to entertain us and make us feel good from time to time. They went against the establishment... and risked SURE torture and death if they didn't succeed. They endured conditions NONE of us can imagine, because they BELIEVED...
...In self-governance, individual rights, the opportunity to make a life for themselves. They ALSO did it for us... for posterity.

YOU are free to degrade their sacrifices and their struggles. I will not.

No one is happy with every President. I certainly have not been.
But, the #4thJuly is SO MUCH BIGGER than the drama of now... or who we "like" or not... or what we "feel."

Patriotism is love of country.

If WE won't put political differences aside and celebrate America on July 4, we have disrespected everything we claim we are as a nation.
I am unapologetically thankful for @USArmy @USAF @USNavy @USMC @uscoastguard @NationalGuard and all sacrificial Americans who came before me.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends..." and, for posterity.
*lived, not loved. Sorry.
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