I'm not a huge patriotic person, and as I said earlier, I'm not really the fireworks-watching-flag-waving type (though I think Bean means to change that)..
But I am happy to be an American. And I am proud to married to a veteran. And I do think that celebrating our independance is important, whether it's with fireworks or reflectively.
I know there are a shit-ton of people who hate Americans, and that's ok, we're not always very likable.
I'm just really glad that I live somewhere that it's ok for me to hate my President (and I'm not saying that I do or don't - just that I could) and say something about it. I'm happy that I can bitch and be bitched at about religion. And I'm fucking thrilled that I get a vote in who leads my country and that it's not illegal for me to choose to exercise that right.
I love being an American.
Happy Independance Day.