Baby Boss salutes the men and women who have, since the beginning of this democratic experiment called the United States, sacrificed life and limb to provide us with the freedoms and liberties we all enjoy today.
It is easy to get caught up in the daily melodrama that is life in this country - from a faltering economy, to out-of-reach gas prices, to a Presidential campaign that is more soap opera than substantive discussion of the facts - and forget that, behind it all, is a set of ideals no other nation in the history of the world has ever dared implement. That there is a document, signed by men accused of treachery by an absentee king, that enumerates our rights as citizens and guarantees we will all have the opportunity to live life the way we want to live it, to pursue our dreams, our hopes, our happiness on our terms.
We are unique as a country and as a people, and because the liberties we enjoy on a daily basis are so essential, so basic, we take much of it for granted. So tonight, as you grill your hot dogs and hamburgers and sit back with your friends and family to watch the fireworks, take a moment to remember those who blazed this path to freedom, for without them, none of this would be possible.
Happy 4th of July!