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If you were born here.
If you came from another country and were naturalized.
If you came here fleeing persecution, are following our laws, and trying to make a better life for yourself and your family.
Then you are an American citizen.
We forget that our nation was founded on the ideas of freedom and rebellion (and conquest, on a darker note). The spirit of America is that anything is possible, regardless of circumstance.
No one betters themselves on their own. It remains upon to us to uplift one another, no matter how loud the selfish voices may be at any point in time.
So as we come around to Independence Day, 2017, please know that if you fall into any of the above, you have the right to celebrate just like the rest of us. So raise your flag high and proud, you rebel bastard, because no matter what anyone says, this is your land.
Happy Birthday, USA.
Thanks for reading.