Since the markets are closed today and I have a date with a beach and a cold beer, I thought I publish a rerun of last year's 4th of July story.
After all, it's as true today as it was 12 months ago.
If you ask practically any American today about their country they will likely tell you that it is the greatest nation on earth.
In fact, I would even take it a step further by saying that the United States is the greatest country there is, ever was, or ever will be. But then again, I bit of a homer.
Maybe it was all those World War Two movies I watched when I was kid with my great uncle. He was an old sailor that was big on Admiral "Bull" Halsey and by extension so was I.
Or maybe it's just because I'm much older now, and I realize just how dark and brutish the world would be without her. That much I am sure of.
But what I love most about my country is that it was founded on the idea all men are created equal and are born with unalienable rights, among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Now that is something worth fighting for.
Of course, Thomas Jefferson put down those words much better than I ever could on this day some 233 years ago when he penned the Declaration of Independence.
And along with some other great men and their ragtag militia they defeated the greatest power of the day and founded a nation the likes of which the world had never seen. A nation that gave us men like Halsey, Patton, the boys of Pointe Du Hoc, and so many others too numerous to mention.
And while I know that no nation is perfect, I also know that America at least tries to get it right. That's good enough for me.
Here then is how it all began, when 56 men sat down and pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor for a cause called freedom. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Happy Birthday America!