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Imperfect, But Still the Land of the Free

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(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)

(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Written by Dominic Dezzutti

As Americans, it’s in our DNA to always look for ways to improve our own lives and our country. That spirit inspired pioneers throughout our history, and it has inspired us to be our own toughest critics. All of us are quick to arrive at many ways that our country and its government can improve.

The United States of America has always been a flawed nation with a flawed government. Many issues need to be resolved before we can say that all Americans are being treated fairly and equally.

However, it’s important during a week that we celebrate the birth of our nation that despite the many things that need to improve, America is still the land of the free and the greatest home to freedom in the world.

If you doubt my previous assertion, or maybe you are confident that many countries have it better than us, I encourage you to do a quick review of international stories. That’s what I did and what I found reaffirmed my belief that America is still an enviable bastion of freedom.

Here’s a quick glance of some international stories from this week that should make my point.

In Moscow, Russia, several gay-rights activists were arrested at a rally that was considered illegal because of a new law that bans “gay propaganda”.

In St. George’s, Grenada, lawmakers have approved a new law that will make it illegal to offend anyone on Facebook or Twitter. Offensive comments will be reported to police and the offenders may face up to three years in prison.

In Islamabad, Pakistan, a Christian girl was accused of burning a copy of the Quran, and she and her family have been forced to flee to Canada due to Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws.

Don’t get me wrong, I realize that entire books are published everyday listing the many problems in the United States. But I feel that it is very important that while we must work very hard to improve our flawed nation, we must also take time to appreciate that this great country was founded upon principles that most of the world cannot afford to take for granted.

It’s all too easy to bring up what our country does wrong, so it’s extremely important to see that there are still many, many things our country does right.

Thomas Jefferson hoped that we would celebrate July 4th every year with eating, drinking, music and cannon blasts. We do a pretty fair job of living up to those high aspirations. But I believe we should add to that list one more item. We should take a moment or two to remember that we do indeed live in the greatest country in the world.

The U.S.A. is far from perfect, but when we look around at the world around us, it’s easy to see that on the 4th of the July, we have a great deal to celebrate.

About The Blogger

- Dominic Dezzutti, producer of the Colorado Decides debate series, a co-production of CBS4 and Colorado Public Television, looks at the local and national political scene in his CBSDenver.com blog. Read new entries here every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Dezzutti writes about federal, state and local matters and how our elected leaders are handling the issues important to Colorado. Dezzutti also produces the Emmy winning Colorado Inside Out on Colorado Public Television.

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