We are still the land of opportunity

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By Ralph Damiani

Many people like to spend much of their time working overtime to find anything – and everything – that is wrong with America.

And while there are issues and concerns we as a people and nation have and must deal with, a very solid case can be made that this is truly the best place there is to live.

When we have troubles – be it with the government, our leaders or our laws – we deal with them. We don’t bury our heads and pretend those problems don’t exist.

But more than that, this is one of few nations where all citizens all have the chance to improve their lives, regardless of where they’re from, who their parents are, the color of their skin or their gender.

The freedoms we enjoy give everyone the ability to be successful. That cannot be said in very many nations.

Here, you have opportunity based on ability. Period.

Yes, there are obstacles in the prejudices people have. But these are not legal or societal issues. You may have to overcome an individual but not the society as a whole.

Again, we are fairly unique in that regard.

You are your own master and can make – or break – your own future. Why do you think so many people from all over the world are breaking down the door – sometimes quite literally – to get in? Like it or not, we are the greatest nation on earth and a beacon of hope to most of the world.

As we celebrate this July 4 weekend, take a moment to really understand and appreciate the great luck nature bestowed upon you by allowing you to live here.

There are many places a lot worse than the United States, despite what many want to tell you.

This is a great nation. It has issues we must and are, for the most part, dealing with. But it is a place worth honoring this Independence Day and every day.