Happy 4th of July- the USA is Special
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The 4th of July- What a terrific country! We are so lucky to live here.
Traveling provided a chance to view the
Our young country was built on DEMOCRACY. Since the Independence War, no king, coup, or political dictator has ruled over us.
While there are ongoing struggles, the
We have FREEDOM OF SPEECH - our investigative journalists uncover and report on political and social wrongdoing. They are not hunted for their discoveries in
JUSTICE is eventually served here. Police are generally honest. Trial by jury is a right. Bribes for officials, gangs, and the mafia do not run our cities.
We have FREE SCHOOLS for our children, a right to be cherished.
CLEAN WATER to drink emits from our faucets. We do not have to hike and carry fresh water daily.
IMMIGRANTS of many nations grew our population to build this country. Unless you’re of Native American descent, your ancestors were immigrants. It is personal - let’s remember in our arrogance that we too descend from immigrants. We are a nation of immigrants.
We are a GLOBAL nation: Half the young people in many countries left to work abroad. Can you imagine how that changed their countries’ fabric? It changed ours too. We are interconnected. Do you want to trace your ancestry and then visit that country to experience your roots?
We are a RICH country. Americans own far more in both quantity and size than most people. We focus on consumerism. We spend to impress. We churn through items at a fast rate. We tend to replace rather than repair. All these things seem different than other countries we’ve visited. I am guilty too.
Our nation’s growth in ENVIRONMENTAL issues will accelerate because we are just beginning compared to European countries. Our knowledge of conservatism is rather low as a country. We use far too much electricity, water, gasoline and plastic bags. We throw out too much as we buy too much. We could share more so we don’t all buy the same rarely used items.
Our CONSERVATION of resources will increase when our costs increase. Here are some personal examples:
2. Our RV propane tank went from lasting just 5 days, to lasting over 2 months when I realized the cost went from negligible in the
3. The lovely houses of people in most countries are not larger than they need nor are their yards acres of grass that require tons of precious water. I am looking for ways to put in a garden or more plant areas than yard at our house.
4. Gasoline costs across
5. When the cost of U.S. gas went up, we drove less, carpooled, switched to more efficient vehicles, and some of us *woke up* to monitor our gas usage. I’m considering a Prius now and Ned likes the Tesla Model S all-electric car.
6. When laundry costs were high (electricity and water), we learned to dry our clothes by hanging then up (inside or out) and it really wasn’t that hard. (Clean air in
So, increasing costs of resources will result in conserving resources, not in people paying much more overall. Americans are resourceful and will adjust to the higher costs by using less. Let’s not be afraid of energy and conservation measures which appear increase costs. They work.
We are a CREATIVE people -
I'm proud to be an American. Happy 4th of July!