Personal Independence Day

I had the opportunity to live abroad in a third-world country, the Philippines, for three years; from 2005-2008. It was a great experience and I love the people and the place. One of the many benefits was that it also helped me appreciate, on a deep level, what we have at home here in America. When I would come back to visit and listen to the news or the radio it troubled me quite a bit how critical we were of our self as a country. If we believe we are that “bad” of a societ