4th of July Reflection: We Can Do Better

Kirsten Kennedy, Democratic nominee in Minnesota’s 8th District, shares her thoughts on America’s winding path, and the promise of tomorrow.

The Fourth of July is always a special time in our home. Not only is it a day to celebrate our nation, but also a day to celebrate our youngest son’s birth (born during a firework show, might I add, which turned out to be quite the omen for the excitement and life he has brought to our family).

As I have reflected on this glorious day, I must admit that my emotions are mixed. On one hand, what a somber reminder of the sacrifices made for our country, its creation, and development. What a beautiful tribute to our freedom, diversity, and opportunity. On the other hand, I believe that America is great when America does great things. And, both past and present, we have not always chose the higher, greater path. Such as the path that led us to steal from and massacre indigenous men, women, and children, or the path that led to 400 years of slavery and many more of institutionalized racism, discrimination, unjust racial and gender inequality, and violence. Or the path that led us to our current political climate and gross socioeconomic inequity. The list goes on but the idea is the same: great is as great does. And we can do better.

So my Independence Day/birthday baby wish for myself, my children, all of us, is this: I hope we can face our privilege head on, and honestly. I hope we can stay both informed and awake. I hope we can vote according to both fact and conscience. I hope we take time to enjoy what we have been given and use those very blessings to bless the lives of others. And may we always remember, in the words of one of our greatest Americans of all time: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” (Martin Luther King, Jr.).

Happy 4th of July, everyone. Grateful for what we have, excited to see the change we can still make. Together, we can get it right. And now is as good a time as any to start, in the wake of our Independence Day.

Much love, hope, and well wishes,

Kirsten Hagen Kennedy

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