America, I have some issues to discuss with you before I can celebrate you.
There is much you have accomplished that has been inspiring and there is much that you have done that is cause for shame. As a nation you have contributed a great deal to science, literature, politics, and more. Perhaps your greatest contribution has been the promise of the founding fathers, that all of us are created equal. But it is still only a promise, America. It is a promise written in a wind that has blown you off course. It is a dream interrupted. I say to you, America, you have much to do to fulfill the promise. You have much to do to bring our dreams to fruition. You have much to do before I can celebrate you.
America, my African-American brothers and sisters are not treated equally under your flag. My queer brethren are not yet equal members of your society. Women are not equal in pay and in many other ways in this country. There are many others. There are starving children, America, there are homeless men and women on the doorsteps of your government buildings. There are promises that must be fulfilled, America. It is time.
Whatever has been accomplished by you that is good cannot be rested upon. The moment you stop reaching for better is the moment your decline and fall and your ultimate demise is ensured. America, are you happy with the health and welfare of your people? If you are, then the dream is already lost.
America, I want to celebrate you. I want to love you–not for past glory, not for words that are beautiful on paper but empty when they are not backed up by actions. I want to love you for sheltering all of your people in the bosom of liberty, for caring for the least of your children, for making all of us equal under the eyes of the law, as promised so many years ago. I want to love you for making the dream a reality.
I promise I will do my share. I will continue to work and look toward a more perfect union, America, and I beg you to join me. You will feel better about yourself and you could be the shining example for the world that you wish to be now. End your endless wars, feed your children, end all of the inequalities that exist from sea to shing sea. Forgive yourself for the sins of your past. Love yourself and your people. Let liberty be for all. If you can do that I will celebrate you. I will love you and I will share that love with the world.
America, fulfill your promise. Let me dream of even greater promises. Let me love and celebrate you with all that I have. It is time, America. It is past time.