I know we have visitors from north of the border, south of the border, and across the ponds, but today I invite all of you to celebrate with us on our Independence Day. The American Independence Day is less of a look at where we broke off from and more of a celebration of the ideals we were moving to. The idea that people have basic freedoms and are better served by having a voice in their government. These freedoms were bought for us by the precious blood of our soldiers, sailors, and allies that stood beside us through our fight for independance.
These same freedoms may make it easier for terrorists to target us in our own country. These same freedoms may make it possible for our own citizens to prey on one another. Despite that, they are worth it. They've made possible the idea that with hard work and innovation you can become who you want to be. You aren't bound to your genes or birth rank. You aren't limited by your family or neighborhood. Those may make change difficult, but you are limited only by your own desire to become who you will become. That's one of the things that makes the Aaron Hernandez situation so difficult for many of us. He seemingly got there and threw it all away.
While you take some time to enjoy family and friends. Have a hot dog, get hydrated, play some baseball, watch some fireworks, or whatever you do to celebrate the fourth. Just remember to take a little time to think about who you want to be and how you're going to get there. Your freedom has been bought and paid for. Make the most of it.