Happy birthday to America.
To Republicans and Democrats.
To Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and all people of faith.
To atheists and agnostics.
To people of all colors.
To Native Americans, immigrants, descendants of both.
To millions here illegally and millions more around the world who see hope in the American Dream.
To Donald Trump and Barack Obama.
To Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi.
To farmers and physicians and firefighters.
To police and prisoners.
To rich and poor and the middle class.
To FOX News and MSNBC.
To unborn saints and Cecile Richards.
To Wall Street and Walmart.
To prosecutors and the prosecuted, defendants and defenders, judges and juries.
To wordsmiths and blacksmiths.
To white collar and blue collar and high collar and no collar.
To the aging and ill and dying.
To New Orleans Saints and New Jersey Devils.
To Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals, and yes, even to Duke.
To baseball, America’s pastime, and its amazing melting pot of talent from the United States, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, South America, Asia and the Pacific Rim and more.
To the memory of American heroes, explorers, inventors, artists and artisans.
To family and friends and neighbors.
To the lost and lonely.
To all who serve our country, especially those in harm’s way.
To Senate and House and Courthouse.
To those we remember and those I have overlooked.
To you: Be happy, be safe, live free…and pass the potato salad, please.