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Under the Hat: For the Sake of Perspective

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There's an old saying in my business: It's not news when the plane lands safely.

Indeed, the nature of the business requires us to focus on what is wrong and what is tragic more often that what is right.

That's true when we think about our country too.

If you just sit and watch the all day news channels you'll only see stories of fierce political bickering, faltering institutions and waning influence abroad.

You could quickly come to the conclusion that America is teetering on the edge, a once noble but now dysfunctional dream that has run its course.

But in the same way that ignoring the thousands of planes that land safely every day misses the big picture, we too can forget what is right about who we are and where we live.

That may be what I like best about celebrating America's birthday.

The fourth of July is more than just hot dogs and potato salad, lawn chairs and parades, and fireworks at night.

It's a reminder that no matter how complex our issues, the foundation of all of our toils and laments comes down to a single radical idea.

That power does not come from the top down, but rather from the bottom up.

That we should strive to live in a world where everyone is created equal; a place where we have the unalienable right, not a gift from a king or a landowner or even a president but a right within each of us to freely seek out our own lives, liberties and the pursuit of our own happiness.

It comes from all of us, We the People.

I'm not saying that we don't have our problems or that they should be diminished or ignored.

I am saying that for the sake of perspective we need to remember the right that is in our lives even as we work to correct the wrong.

That's what Independence Day means for me.

That and a lot of leftover potato salad this weekend.

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