On this July 4th my hopes for our country is that we will once again come together as Americans—not as Republicans or Democrats.

My hope is that we will embrace our better nature.

My hope is that we will once again respect ourselves—our neighbors—our fellow Americans and all people.

My hope is that we work together to solve our problems for the good of our nation.

My hope is that we as Americans will be a kinder and more empathetic people.

My hope is that in our country we will strive to make the term “second class” citizen obsolete.

My hope is that this country will embrace the spirit of a free press and freedom of religion.

And on this day—and every day—my thanks and gratitude to all those men and women who gave their lives, served or are serving now, so that we still have a country in which we can place our hopes and dreams.

Wishing you a safe and happy 4th of July

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