When an immigrant becomes a US Citizen in most cases they must take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States. One part of this oath states:
“that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic”
When an new US president takes office this is what they must say:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
When a US Marine becomes a Marine they take this oath:
“I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God”
Over and over you see that the crux of your duties at citizens is to abide by, defend, and support the US Constitution. That is ultimately the single most accurate definition of what it means to be a patriot. July 4th, as a celebration of the United States of America, is therefor a celebration of our collective efforts in abiding by, defending, and supporting the US Constitution. However it most cases it has been warped into being soley a celebration of the exceptional nature of the United States wholey seperate from our duties to our country as citizens. This warped celebration of exceptionalism absolves us of any of our responsibilities as citizens while simultaneously ignoring all the ways in which our country’s Constitution has been under assault.
How can you celerbrate the United State Constitution without aknowledging the myriad of ways it is presently under attack? July 4th should be a rallying cry to the Constitution’s defense rather than a whitewash of all the trouble it faces. To celebrate the exceptional nature of the United States while its Constitutition which we are all duty bound to protect is assaulted is to ignore our very duties as citizens.
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.