These are challenging times for Americans.
The country is in the throes of an economic downturn. Mother Nature's fury has been unleashed in a variety of ways. American soldiers are still engaged in a prolonged foreign war. And the price of gasoline is $4 a gallon.
It could be easy to be discouraged on this Independence Day - to be down on the nation, its institutions, and what the future holds. Yet, it is good to remember that Americans have weathered other serious and desperate storms, and generally have come out stronger.
Still, KSL worries that discouragement and apathy could take a toll.
During the recent primary election, for example, very few Utahns took the time to go to the polls to participate in democracy's most fundamental right.
Let the reasons for the existence of this Fourth of July holiday become a catalyst for all Utahns, indeed all Americans, to become more fully engaged in the processes of "government of the people, by the people, for the people."
Nothing Americans face now could be nearly as overwhelming as the odds of a rag tag army of revolutionaries defeating the greatest military power on earth and establishing a new nation "conceived in liberty." They overcame their challenges and we can too.