Happy Birthday America – July 4 2007

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | July 4, 2007      
Hiking in America's vast public lands.

On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from Britain and created a new country that’s still an experiment in mixing democracy, state rights, federal power, capitalism and market control. Warts and all, the experiment continues to provide something special and unique.

Those of us who had the fortune to be born in the USA may take our blessings for granted, and we’ve got legitimate gripes about how our country is run. But let’s not wallow in guilt or nihilism. At least today, let us celebrate what we have.

Indeed, every day thousands of people leave their homelands and come to the United States seeking opportunity they’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere. We live in a town that’s populated by about fifty percent immigrants, and if those guys have taught me anything it’s that we have something special, they want it, and those of us who already have what they’re after should appreciate it.

Yet aside from our political and economic system, what makes America truly great is our combination of freedom combined with a vast inventory of resources and public land. We’ve got the goods and the freedom to use them, mostly without crowds and without onerous regulations or corrupt officials to deal with. More, when we recreate we do so with the benefit of a civilized and usually law abiding culture. In other words, we might encounter a bear on the trails, but bandits probably won’t be a problem.

I like all that, appreciate it, and do not take it for granted. Happy birthday America.



4 Responses to “Happy Birthday America – July 4 2007”

  1. Michael J Mooney July 4th, 2007 9:44 am

    Lou nice dude nice!!

  2. Cody July 4th, 2007 6:20 pm

    Well done Lou. I think all that too many times, the majoriy of us (U.S. citizens) would prefer to complain about the minor difficulties of life rather than focus on the good things, all the while trying to make a difference with what we do not agree with. Here’s to getting something done, whatever it is YOU the reader prefers.

  3. Cody Clark July 5th, 2007 3:32 pm

    I agree Lou. The fourth is the one day that we can all step back and realize that we have it really good. We can put aside all the political mumbo-jumbo and really feel the spirit of what those early settlers had in mind. We can all glory in the fact that what a few people thought up, has become a reality.

  4. Eric July 9th, 2007 3:29 pm


    Great way to spend the 4th, and thanks for the reminder of how good we really do have it despite the various troubles we sometimes face.

    We spent it hiking down the Big Blue north of Lake City into the Uncompaghre/Wetterhorn area. Saw only 2 guys until we got into 14er zone, and even then there was less traffic than expected. Just goes to show that there are PLENTY of opportunities to find solitude in our hills even on one of the busiest summer holidays!

    Thanks, Eric

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