I come from a generation much different from my children and grandchildren. When my parents were growing up, they were the recipients of the Great Depression, and although there was a sense of hopelessness, their unrelenting respect for America and faith in God instilled by their parents impelled them to overcome.
They understood the meaning of "equality of rights and opportunities in the pursuit of happiness and in service to the common good." It was this virtue that brought their generation through the most difficult of times. They were the recipients of patriotism and gladly celebrated their gratefulness on the Fourth of July.
Contrary to what many believe, America has not changed, only her people have changed, and as a result they have changed America into what they wanted her to be. The preambles of America in the eyes of today's generation is deplorable. They know little about America's history, and I'm sad to say some know nothing.