As a naturalized US citizen, I've always had a passion for everything about US history.
I think that the US is the greatest nation in history.
It has done more good for mankind than anyone else.
Its sons have liberated millions.
It's economy has brought more prosperity to more people than anything else.
Last, but not least, I don't have patience for those who take cheap shots at the US.
This great nation opened its arms to our family. It gave us a chance at a new life.
It has given me so much. Therefore, I don't stand quietly when people take "cheap shots" at the US.
Let me recommend the new "John Adams" series on HBO. It aired recently and I watched all 7 hours this weekend.
The main character is John Adams, our first VP and second president.
The series covers the Declaration of Independence (a great segment), his trip to Europe, his service as VP, President and the retirement years when he reconciles with Thomas Jefferson.
You can not understand John Adams without understanding his amazing wife, Abigail.
During their long and very happy marriage, Abigail and John wrote an amazing number of letters. The "letters" have given historians so much background about the events and passion of that period. They tell the story of a man and a woman living in the early days of a new nation.
Here is a historical gem: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were two of the key players for independence. They died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826, or the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
Watch it. You will love every minute of this great series.