If we ask ourselves why our country is so polarized & passionate about our political and social beliefs we can find some positive in the answers. The last few years were certainly not the first time we have seen this kind of national divide in our political tone. From the American Revolution to the Civil War, to the Vietnam Era and the Civil Rights Movement, America, at times, has seen its fair share of strong voices for one side or another. In 2018 we are still the envy of the world, still the country that more people want to visit, want to live, and a country that most others would prefer to be our ally than our enemy. We produce the most goods and services and are the biggest supplier of humanitarian need around the globe. Americans are a passionate people. We were founded on a belief that each individual in our country matters and everyone is entitled to the same unalienable rights. Our Life, Our Liberty and Our Pursuit of Happiness means something different to each one of us but that is the Blessing of Being an American. We each have our own dreams and each have the opportunity to strive for whatever our own goals are without being told where to live, how to work, and what to think. With less than two weeks before our next Election Day it is important to remember that it is only because we are Blessed to Live in America that we can be open about our passions and feelings. However, we must do so with respect for our fellow citizens and understand that they have a right to their opinion just as we do our own. The current environment is stressful not because we need to all agree but rather not forget that we are all Americans, under One Flag, trying to live a life we were given. God Bless America.