I have written that "pride" is an overdone and often inappropriate sentiment. That pride in things -- like ancestry, race, etc. -- over which we have no control is misplaced; that we should be proud only of what we ourselves have done or accomplished. We may revere our ancestry, but we can be proud of ourselves and our descendants, because they are of our own influence.
Today, of course, we take pride in the 242 years of the United States of America, and although I am American by birth, I continue to be American by choice. That pride is a legitimate one, and I have no hesitation in shouting that pride across the Internet through this poor medium.
We celebrate that 242 years happily and loudly, by killing cows and grilling them. Now that's American. Have a beer, too. See you tomorrow.
Copyright 2018 by Robert Sutton
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