I remember as a young child clinging to my father’s hand as we made our way through the packed Fourth of July parade in my hometown. I was enthralled by the brightly colored floats and noisy fireworks, but as I grew up, this celebration became something much more. I came to learn that the annual event was not just an excuse to grill and run from my brother as he chased me with roman candles; it was a celebration of our nation’s heritage and character. My heart swelled with pride in my nation as I learned about the brave sacrifices of my ancestors and the strides America has made in preserving freedom all over the world. In my young eyes, America was a land of hope, freedom, and endless possibilities.
Now that I am 21, my youthful idealism has faded. I’ve come to realize that while America is still the last sanctuary on earth for freedom and her people are still virtuous, I’m uneasy about the future I see before me. I see a nation where the job market is depressed for people my age and where liberty fades more every day. I’ve come to realize that is no longer my America. Our nation is slowly morphing, rather, into Obama’s America and I don’t see that as a hopeful trend.
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