Monday, July 6, 2015


Right now, some of you are happy with America and some of you are not. Those of you who are currently happy with America have probably been unhappy with it at some point in the past. And all of you will be unhappy with it at some point in the future. Don't take any of this personally; I'm including myself in this last category as well.

I just want to remind all my fellow Americans that last Saturday was the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In contrast, Hitler's "Thousand-Year Reich" only lasted 12, and the Soviet Union dissolved 74 years after the October Revolution. We're not perfect, but we've made it through a lot. And there's no reason we can't make it through a lot more.

If you're currently dissatisfied with America, you should get out and volunteer. Vote. Be a good neighbor. Take transit (it can't hurt, and might make you a better neighbor anyway). If you're currently satisfied with America, do those things also--it'll make it easier when you next become dissatisfied.

The answer to the original question, "Oh say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave?" is


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