"Something in rotten in the state of Denmark." It's an iconic quote from the Bard, and a foreboding moment in Hamlet. With the political divisions in the United States right now, it sometimes feels like Shakespeare's quote could be applied to present-day America. There's terrible political division in this country, upsetting realities on the border, and an uncertain future.
But this is the week that America celebrates her independence. While Americans need to recognize their problems - all that bad stuff, plus the USMNT didn't even make the World Cup this year! - it's also ok to take a moment to remember that America is still a pretty great place to be.
3. "When you're born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America, you get a front row seat." -- George Carlin
6. "Laughter is America's most important export." -- Walt Disney
7. "I'm in love with this country called America. I'm a huge fan of America. I'm one of those annoying fans, you know, the ones that read the CD notes and follow you into bathrooms and ask you all kinds of annoying questions about why you didn't live up to that. I'm that kind of fan. I read the Declaration of Independence, and I've read the Constitution of the United States, and they are some liner notes, dude." -- Bono
9. "If I have to lay an egg for my country, I'll do it." -- Bob Hope
14. "America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn't standing still." -- e. e. cummings
15. "I wake up every morning singing 'The Star-Spangled Banner.'" -- Terry McAuliffe
17. "Dammit I love this country so much." -- Ron Swanson