This isn’t your greatest year. It’s totally not your fault. You are, of course, an inanimate object so you don’t have thoughts or feelings.
Anyway, I want to say that I still love you. I love what you stand for, regardless of what the administration says you are. I love that one of your national symbols is the Statue of Liberty who welcomes everyone into this amazing melting pot of diversity. I love that people still have the chance to get that “American Dream.”
That dream is becoming ever more elusive due to the hatred and fear that is running rampant thanks to the new administration. I hate that people have to live in fear because of their religion or the color of their skin. I hate that some people might die without their necessary medications. I hate that the President of the United States condones and supports the hate and the fear. Mostly, I’m just sad that my country, the country that I would have given my life for, is not the America she used to be.
However, I have faith. I have faith that this is just a dark spot in what will be a shining future. I have faith that Americans can pull together to support each other in our time of need. I have faith that love trumps hate and that love conquers fear. I still have faith in the country that has found itself countless times after tragedy.
Happy Birthday, America. Here’s to overcoming adversity and finding the light at the end of the tunnel.