I n seven days, it will be Independence Day in America. It seems like a perfect day to share what I think are the things about this country that make it the best, and most blessed, place to live on the face of the Earth.

THE LAND: The United States is a paradise of natural resources and beauty. If you have never taken it upon yourself to travel throughout the country, do so.  Mountains, rivers, lakes, beaches, prairies, and vistas of lush beauty can be found everywhere, from Northern California, to South Dakota to Florida. We really do have breathtaking vistas from sea to shining sea.

THE FOUNDERS: Let’s just all admit that, YES, we got lucky. Reeeeeal lucky. Imagine some of the greatest minds in political theory, law, philosophy, courage and, most importantly, common sense — all gathered in one small geographical area at the same time. Now imagine them all coming together to fight for, and create, a nation, a lasting political framework and a populace made up of immigrants from all across the world. And somehow, you and I are blessed enough to live our lives here.

THE CONSTITUTION: The most significant accomplishment of the Founders has to be the system of government they established, in which the law trumps all other factors. We should not take for granted the durability and justness of the system they put in place. Has it been perfect?  Of course not. Wealth and power still often tilt the scales of justice, just as it has throughout history. Today, 242 years later, ours is still a system that favors the masses over the masters.

THE AMERICAN MILITARY: It has become routine to state that we have the strongest military in the history of the world here in the United States, but that doesn’t make it any less true. The U.S. military is the most feared institution in the world. We take it for granted sometimes, but we should not. Peace through strength is real, and we are militarily stronger than any other force on the planet.

LASTLY, THE PEOPLE: I would be remiss not to mention America’s most important asset — you and me. And every other citizen. After all, even though we have the Founders’ system under which to live, and the natural resources to sustain us and make us rich, we would be nothing if not for the people who make up this country. That includes the Native Americans who lived here first, the descendants of the first settlers and slaves, the offspring of the successive waves of immigrants who followed and all those who have taken the long and difficult road to legal citizenship.

America would be nothing without Americans like you and me. It’s a big responsibility to be an American — the eyes of the world are always on us. That’s why we all have to do our part to keep safe this sacred gift. We can never become complacent or take for granted just how blessed we are to live here — the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Happy 4th of July America!

Opinions offered in If I Were King are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Tri-County Times or its staff. Email the King at Some content adapted from the internet.

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