July the Fourth 2018

Think you are too young to make a difference?

Ages of the Founding Fathers on July 4, 1776:
James Monroe, 18
Aaron Burr, 20
Alexander Hamilton, 21
James Madison, 25
Thomas Jefferson, 33
John Adams, 40
Paul Revere, 41
George Washington, 44

Consider:

  • “The U.S. had more job openings this spring than unemployed Americans.” (Wall Street Journal)
  • We travel freely: Every day, 2.5 million of us board 42,000 flights.
  • 25% of us do volunteer service.
  • The U.S. government spends close to $50 billion¬†helping the world, plus billions more from U.S.-based philanthropies.
  • “Violent crime in the U.S. has fallen sharply over the past quarter century.” (Pew Research Center)
  • “Crime in New York City Plunges to a Level Not Seen Since the 1950s.” (N.Y. Times)
  • ¬†Charitable giving in the U.S. last year “exceeded $400 billion in a single year for the first time.” (Giving USA)

There’s plenty we can do better, and that our leaders should do better. But today gather together with your neighbors, eat a few hot dogs, and toast the courage of a bunch of kids who dared to dream of freedom.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, are published by Beaufort Books and are available online, in your local bookstore, or you can order autographed copies at webbhubbell.com. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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