Eleven years ago - today - I woke up as an American citizen for the first time.
I was born in the land of the Leprechauns, so when I opened my front door and saw this last June, I laughed.
I knew it. There is treasure at the end of the rainbow :)
And that treasure is America.
In 2004, Bono, he of the Irish group, U2, gave the Commencement Address at the University of Pennsylvania and while there, he said something that I think is wonderful.
America isn't just a country - it's an idea.
Some the highlights of his speech include:
· It's not everywhere in fashion these days, Americanism. Not very big in Europe, truth be told. No less on Ivy League college campuses. But it all depends on your definition of Americanism.
· Me, I'm in love with this country called America. I'm a huge fan of America, I'm one of those annoying fans, you know the ones that read the CD notes and follow you into bathrooms and ask you all kinds of annoying questions about why you didn't live up to that...
· I'm that kind of fan. I read the Declaration of Independence and I've read the Constitution of the United States, and they are some liner notes, dude. As I said yesterday I made my pilgrimage to Independence Hall, and I love America because America is not just a country, it's an idea.
· America is an idea, but it's an idea that brings with it some baggage, like power brings responsibility. It's an idea that brings with it equality, but equality even though it's the highest calling, is the hardest to reach. The idea that anything is possible, that's one of the reasons why I'm a fan of America. It's like hey, look there's the moon up there, lets take a walk on it, bring back a piece of it. That's the kind of America that I'm a fan of.(Me, too:)
Happy Fourth of July to all who celebrate America's birthday, and if you live over the pond - or elsewhere - have a great Thursday, too :)