It’s officially July, and all across the nation Americans will soon be popping fireworks and grilling with their families to celebrate American freedom (if they aren’t already). In the South especially, any patriotic holiday is celebrated enthusiastically, and rightly so. We have so much to be thankful for. Independence Day is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the bravery of our founding fathers, the bravery of soldiers who have defended our freedom for the past 241 years and will continue to do so, and the progress that we have made, no matter how slowly, throughout that time. Coming from a family of veterans, I fully understand and appreciate the sacrifice of anyone who has served in the military and am grateful for this sacrifice. Freedom isn’t free, even if we (meaning I) didn’t pay for it.

That being said, lately, I have been thinking a lot about what this freedom…

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