Happy 4th of July! It's always nice to celebrate the wisdom, pragmatism, and courage of our Founding Fathers by putting lots of meat on lots of fires and annihilating the sky with color bombs.
We're not celebrating how powerful we are. We're not gloating about our material wealth. We're remembering our roots and the heroic struggle that was made to found a republic in the face of tyranny and forge a system of government unlike anything hitherto seen.
We'd be doing our country a disservice though, if we didn't acknowledge our collective eccentricities: things that, for better or worse, make the US of A such a unique and sometimes wonderfully bizarre place to be.