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O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain …

With its shining seas and purple mountain majesties, America is indeed a beautiful place. But, beyond the breathtaking landscape, over and above its gorgeous facade, what makes America truly beautiful is the ever-expanding possibility of what America can continue to become.

In the midst of an historical and exciting political campaign season, we can seize a unique opportunity to examine our patriotism, challenge our cynicism and restore our ability to hope.

Urgency beckons and as a result, I am personally inspired to shake myself out of an apathetic slumber, fueled by cynicism and doubt. As this critical and extraordinary chapter in the history of our nation unfolds, I feel compelled to temper my resignation that would insist that "nothing" is ever going to change because “no one” is ever going to listen.

I admit that I have gone through those periods of questioning whether or not “My Country ‘tis of Thee”, is in fact a land for me. I confess that sometimes America’s stand for freedom, that her quest for equal opportunity and bold contention that all are regarded equally under the laws that govern this land, seem little more than empty rhetoric at times.

And, yet,

It is in the moments when I have glimpsed with great pride, the spirit of brotherhood; the beauty of people coming together around a common cause and the determination of a nation to continue to reach—that I am proud to be an American.

So, on those occasions when I have been moved to question that we are indeed the land of the free and the home of the brave—I choose instead, to remind myself that “America” is ultimately an idea; an aspiration that resides in the hearts of its citizens. “America” is the opportunity to challenge and to agree, to question and to concede, to protest and to consent, as a result of our shared commitment to—expand the possibility of what we can collectively continue to become.

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