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[ Is the USA Worth Being Proud of This Fourth of July? ]

With so much to be ashamed of in the news lately, I think it’s important to remember: we have lots of be proud of here, too. The USA’s nature is second to none; it is well-taken care of, respected, preserved, and enjoyed. It’s important to recognize the pitfalls of history, and accept that this land doesn’t belong to us. (Especially important with the recent happenings on our southern border). Nonetheless, I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity to have communed with this land, learned from it, and grown up in it. Thanks, America. We all seek our communities, and for me, the community I have found the most welcoming, here in the US, has been the outdoors community. The climbers, skiers, anglers and dirtbags that make the West — all of the West — their home. This is my America. Tell me about yours.