Happy 4th Of July 2012!

A very happy 4th of July to all of my fellow Americans at home and abroad! I hope you have a fantastic holiday today, and get to spend time with your family.

236 years ago our founding fathers took a huge chance by declaring their independence from Britain, arguably the most powerful nation on the face of the earth at the time. It was a big risk. For them it was the right thing to do, and it change the course of history.

America was founded by such men, men willing to risk it all to gain the freedom they so desperately wanted, freedom they believed was a right. But they were not alone in their fight. Men and women both white and black fought and died for the independence of our country. It is because of their sacrifice, and the sacrifice of countless others over the past few hundred years that we enjoy our freedom and place in the world.

I thank them.

I also thank the men and women that today continue to secure our freedom and the freedom of those who, like us, know they deserve it and are fighting for it.

America is not a perfect country. As Winston Churchill said, “democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” We have a long way to go – we all do. But having traveled to many countries, living abroad for close to two years, and seeing the conditions of many others, I will say frankly that I love my country and would prefer to live nowhere else.

While you are enjoying your day off be cognizant and thankful for those that have come before that allow us many opportunities that others don't have. This is something we should never take for granted. Keep it all in perspective.

Well, enough reading blog posts – go get your grill on! That's where I'm heading today. One benefit of living in a German town is grilled brats and sauerkraut topped off tonight with steak. That's how we roll!

Have an excellent 4th of July this 2012.