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SIMMONS: U.S. pride from sea to shining sea
Happy birthday, Americans.
Today’s the day that faith and family, patriotism and parades, and beef, chicken and the other white meat share the stage.
Or Native Americans inhabiting what has become North America.
Or Christopher Columbus becoming an explorer.
Or John Smith landing in what is now Virginia.
Or foreigners divvying up the 13 colonies.
Or Crispus Attucks shedding his blood.
Or our Founding Fathers penning the words “When in the course of human events … .”
In the beginning, the United States was without form and void, but today, by the grace of God, it stands as the penultimate beacon.
People in lands far away and nearby - countries that American children cannot even pronounce or point out on a map - look to us for hope, freedom and liberty.
When their homelands are struck by natural disasters, people in those other lands expect Americans to come to their aid.
When natives in those other lands grow restless about the lack of liberty, they expect Americans to take a stand.
When they seek refuge from political oppression and religious persecution, they know we have always opened our arms to “huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
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About the Author
Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...
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