No matter which way you lean politically, this has been a very dramatic past week for our country. More has happened in one week than often happens over a much longer period of time. Even just one of the major events that happened this past week would have been huge, and yet they all occurred within the same week. The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act and legalized gay marriage across the country, Congress passed an international trade deal, many southern governors have called for the removal of the Confederate flag in the wake of the Charleston massacre, Obama is improving overtime pay for all workers earning less than $50,440 a year, Obama and the Cuban president are re-opening diplomatic ties, and major corporations are distancing themselves from Donald Trump for making racist comments about Mexicans in his speech announcing his presidential bid. And these are just the highlights.
It is very fitting that this has all happened so soon before our Independence Day on July 4th, because this is an example of democracy and the three branches of our government in action. The ability to make reforms such as these, whether you agree with them or not, is the reason we should be so proud of our country. We are always striving to be “a more perfect union,” and it is through the actions of the three branches of our government that we make progress towards this goal. If you love something, you expect the best of it and will always fight for it, and that is what we have seen in action in our country this week.
To celebrate your love of country locally, check out McAllen’s Fourth of July parade at 9am in Archer Park and fireworks at 9pm at the municipal park on Saturday. Also, keep up to date with news locally and around the world by checking out the library’s digital newsstand.