Today we Americans celebrate the birth of our nation and all the freedoms that have become synonymous with our great country. Let us not forget the value of these freedoms we have. It has become trendy to bash America, even among certain Americans themselves, who take for granted all that we have, not realizing how many other nations have based their modern governments or modern values on our standard. It’s not a sin to be patriotic or to believe in American exceptionalism. On this 4th of July, let’s put our differences aside and remember how fortunate we all are to live in the independent and democratic nation that is an example to the rest of the world.