Happy 241st Birthday America. I am blessed to be a citizen of the most exceptional country in the history of the world and honored to be an elected representative.
As our nation seems to be suffering from collective anxiety, it's instructive to consider our history and resiliency. America was born as a result of revolution, beat back a foreign invasion in 1812, survived a civil war, persevered through two world wars, contained communism in the Korean, Vietnam and Cold Wars, and currently leads the worldwide fight against radical Islamic terrorism.
As vast as our internal differences appear to many, it's important to acknowledge that we occupy a relatively narrow portion of the political spectrum. Our American political opponents are democratic capitalists and not Communists, Fascists, Nazis, terrorists or enemies. This might come as a surprise to some people but Republican representatives and senators in Columbia get along not only with their GOP colleagues but with the Democratic members as well.
For my follow Republicans who thought the country wouldn't survive the Obama presidency - we did. To the Democrats who are certain we won't survive the Trump presidency, I'm certain you are wrong.
I appreciate and admire people who fight for their beliefs and positions. We need more Americans involved in the political process who take principled stands. It can and should be done with civility and mutual respect. Social media and access to information have transformed our world but the result shouldn't be the coarsening of society.
Please take this day to celebrate the greatness and wonder of America with family and friends.
God Bless and please contact me anytime if I can help.