I grow weary of the almost-armed conflict among factions within the United States, I am amazed by people’s failure to accept responsibility for their own actions, I am disheartened by the lack of tolerance exhibited by so many of our citizens. Nonetheless it is my country and here I am afforded opportunity that I would not have anywhere else, here I am free to believe as I wish and to publicly bemoan those things that I find abhorrent. Here I am free to change — myself, the laws, the trends. Happy Birthday America . . . and many more.