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Covering All Bases: June 27, 2012

Go Fourth America!

Next week, Americans all across this great land will celebrate our nation’s 236th birthday. I’ve written previously that the Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. It’s the beginning of summer and the coming months ahead are filled with the promise of warm days, golden sunshine, fun days at the beach, barbecues, picnics, and afternoons of relaxing in a hammock or lawn chair as a gentle summer breeze cools and refreshes.

Another unique aspect of the holiday is that it is a time to celebrate. Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day require a bit of solemnity – and rightly so I might add - in honor of all those who have given their lives for this country. However, Independence Day is a chance to be happy and celebrate all that is  great about our country. While we should always remember the sacrifices of those who have protected our way of life, as well as those who are presently doing so, whether it is July 4th, Memorial Day or any average weekday, it’s also okay to spread some cheer on this patriotic day.

And my fellow Americans, please do so. Be happy that we do live in the greatest country in the world with freedoms, opportunities and a way of life that is second to none. Most, if not all of you, probablybelieve that there are ways the U.S.A. could be better. Hey, Rush Limbaugh and Bill Maher do not agree on much, but both seem to think that the country could be better. How they believe that could be accomplished has been the impetus for some lively discussions.

But what gets lost in all the political bickering, is how great our country is and how fortunate we are to live here. When trying to campaign for one agenda it’s easy to point out all of America’s faults and how best to correct them. But sometimes, we need to realize that there is a lot that this country gets right, and, as residents of this great land, we enjoy a way of life that those who live in other places can only dream about. While the debate about immigration rages on and will likely be a significant issue in this year’s elections, it should be noted that the reason there is an issue is because others want to experience the opportunities and freedoms that the U.S.A. offers, which we sometimes take for granted.

And even those who have fallen on hard times due to tough economic times, can still take heart because, in this country, things have a way of turning around for the better.

And some of us have, perhaps unknowingly, been protected from the economic situation more than we may have realized. While banks being “too big to fail,” has generated some heated debates, it’s assuring to know that those who had money in banks that closed or were on the brink of a disaster, had the backing of the FDIC behind them. No depositor has ever lost a penny of insured deposits since the FDIC was created in 1933. That’s another reason why we can all rest easier at night, although we may forget that this security is there.

I could go on and on about all that’s great in America, but I have my own barbecue to prepare for. My message here is to not take for granted all that we do enjoy. I feel very fortunate to call the U.S.A. my home, and I hope all of you do as well, whether you support Obama, Romney or another candidate. Happy Fourth, America!