A Birthday Wish

That simple ethical people not live in fear.

More than any given value of being ‘American’, I think this is traditionally and rightly the principle we stand by.

It is why our nations official motto is “In God We Trust”.

It is why we fight in wars when sometimes the cause we are fighting for is unclear.

And though they are our friends, it is why we have learned from Europe and have not become Europe.

Fear is not the only thing we have to fear, but freedom from fear is necessary for everything life is worth living for.

To actively protect against it is a burden. So I only wish for this: work on your faith and trust in general. So to not incidentally cause more fear than is necessary for our protection.

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