* Congratulate ourselves on the glory that is America? No, that’s delusional. We inherited America, and are squandering its strengths.
* Congratulate the founders on their accomplishments? Nice, but they would prefer that we maintain their work -- not wreck it.
* Pondering how to get America back on track? Yes. Watching fireworks with a beer in hand and friends around, while the children play -- a great background for some reflections on the current state of the American experiment.