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Dear America,

It’s not easy to write a letter for the Fourth of July in 2018. There doesn’t seem to be much to be proud of about our country right now, and the things that appall us now only underline what has always been appalling about us. We are a country that separates children from their families, and we have always been a country that separates children from their families. We are a country where, despite language in our founding documents saying otherwise, human rights hang on a thread and are easily stripped, and we have always been that.

But we are, in small, yet measurable, ways better than we were. What halting progress we have made is because patriots saw the flaws in their country, organized, and pushed to make it better. They saw the potential in our system of government and our unattained ideals to be something great.

This is where we are today. We honor our country by seeing where it falls short and setting our expectations high. Instead of pretending we are the greatest in the world, we acknowledge our faults and strive to do better.

Get organized. Keep fighting. We’re in this for the long haul, but we’re in it together.



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