It's another birthday for these United States of America today.
It comes at a time when we are a nation fighting wars on another side of the planet. We are struggling economically. We have deep cultural divisions over health care and immigration and the direction of our democracy.
Today, it would seem, would be a good day to remember who we are and what we are.
We stand for freedom, here and anywhere else in the world, its preservation, protection and nurturing.
We stand for independence. That means government that serves needs but does not manage what individuals are capable of managing.
We stand for the sanctity of our laws. That means we treasure and preserve those who abide by our laws and make it difficult on those who don't.
On this Independence Day, we would do well to remember these principles, which have served us well when we have allowed them to.
Faith to these principles explains why we are involved in the Mideast, why health care as a government-managed entity is not a sound theory and why resistance to even the germ of illegal immigration should be fought.
It's our birthday and we have every right to feel privileged about what we are celebrating.
It's also a day to reaffirm our principles.
That means there is no need to apologize for wanting to bring peace and real government to the Mideast as the ultimate protection against future world terrorism and a world of rogue dictators.
We don't need to apologize for polls that indicate, time and again, our health care system needs repaired, not overtaken by a government that has not proven it can manage anything with fiscal responsibility.
We don't need to rationalize the lopsided national opinion against anything that nurtures illegal immigration.
Our birth certificate says this is how we live and what we believe in.
Celebrate that today. The rest of the world, given the freedom to do so, wants to emulate what that birth certificate says and what it has created the past 237 years.