Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Independence Day--like the movie, but BETTER.

This evening I celebrated July 4th by attending A Capitol Fourth’s concert and fireworks event. The concert was made even more eventful by the fact that I had no idea that Steve Martin, Jordin Sparks, Matthew Morrison, AND Josh Groban were going to be performing. Not only am I a frequent watcher of Glee, but I’ve also been a huge fan of Josh Groban since his first album came out. Needless to say, I was thrilled by the fact that I could see all of these fantastic performers with my naked eyes! So exciting! I think that at one point my friends and I actually got very close to getting on the big jumbo tron—Alas, t’was a dream that did not come to fruition.
In more excitingly exciting news, this week at work I will look forward to eating breakfast with Rep. Ryan! I have so many questions to ask him, though I fully understand if I can only ask one or two. I feel so fortunate to have had this invaluable experience on Capitol Hill thanks to the AAPD and all of the program’s sponsors. I never would have thought that I would come anywhere close to meeting hugely influential legislators like Paul Ryan and Tammy Baldwin. Which I do suppose brings me to a slightly tangential point (but aren’t those the best kinds of points?) that I hope in light of the spirit of Independence Day the current stand still in Washington over the debt talks sees some forward movement. While listening to all our nation’s songs at the concert, it reminded me that above the relative independence of our political parties, the independence of our nation should always be the top priority for lawmakers. In order to preserve that sense of independence founded upon life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, perhaps this fourth of July will give our representatives in Washington a nostalgic reminder.

-Nicole Tay

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