We Americans argue a lot amongst ourselves. We disagree about the role of our government, the shared values of our culture, the extent of our responsibilities and the limits of our rights. Sometimes we celebrate the rugged individualist and sometimes we insist that everyone play by the same rules. It's complicated and confusing and probably rightly so, but the truth is we do enjoy the liberty to think what we want, say what we believe, and keep trying every day to figure out how it all fits together. It's a continual process where very little stays settled indefinitely, which seems like a crazy way to live, but those of us who appreciate and take pride in our national ideals (however close or far we seem to be from realizing them at any given time) really wouldn't have it any other way.
Happy birthday, America. I still think you're the best.