Mexia News Editorial: Celebrate our nation

Celebrate our nation

The United States has long been a shining example of liberty and democracy in the world, inspiring other countries and drawing the ire of those opposed to our views.
It is not perfect, but what we do is strive to “form a more perfect union.”
We have much to be proud of, and should celebrate all that we have accomplished, but we should also be very careful not to be sucked into the idea that we have arrived and we live in that perfect union today.
We have accomplished exceptional things, but today our legacy faces a greater danger than anything we worked through during the 20th century. Those who oppose change or shun introspection fight both by promoting the idea of American exceptionalism, and instead of evolving, prefer to believe the status quo is what makes us great.
When we led the way in the industrial revolution, no one called on America to stop innovating. When we celebrated victory in World War II, we did not stop advocating for freedom around the world. When Franklin Roosevelt engineered the New Deal, and Lyndon Johnson signed civil rights legislation, we did not stop looking for ways to make American lives better.
That fight for a more perfect union never stops. We should not rest on our past accomplishments. If we do, we will surely be left behind. The only way America gets left behind is if it refuses to grow and evolve.
Nations rise and fall, come and go, and succeed and fail. The history books are full of great nations that were once poised to dominate the world in wealth, technology and quality of life, only to fall into ruin or fade away altogether.
The United States has much to be proud of. On July 4th we should celebrate our freedoms, our successes and our 239 years of independence. But let's make sure we have another 239 years as the world's greatest democracy. Let's make sure we show the world what it takes to evolve in our greatness to accomplish even more.
To do that, we must be willing to change, to question and to recognize the need for change. We must be willing to admit past mistakes and miscalculations the same way we celebrate victories.
We don't want to remain stuck in our exceptional history when we can be busy building an exceptional future.