Karol Markowicz: It's my America-versary – I'm grateful for the US and it shouldn't be wrong to celebrate it

We will toast our luck and declare: The United States is the greatest country in the history of the world, and we are so grateful to wake up here.

Saying so shouldn’t make anyone uncomfortable. But it does.

It’s a tough moment to be a patriot. Radicals are rewriting our history, framing America not as a shining beacon of freedom, but a pit of wickedness. They are recasting our heroes as villains.

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Our flag is triggering. Our National Anthem no longer represents us all. Nothing about us is good. Everything is bad.

This isn’t a fringe sentiment. That article about thepolarizingnature of the U.S. flag ran in The New York Times. The National Football League is playing theblack national anthembefore games this fall.

But as an immigrant, I get to reject all of this out of hand. I’ve noticed I get a pass for my unabashed love. There’s no discomfort for me in celebrating this country openly and often.

It shouldn’t take living under totalitarianism to acknowledge how good we have it in the United States. It shouldn’t be uncomfortable to say that we are the greatest country that ever was.

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