The Fourth of July is a day to cel­e­brate what works about our sys­tem.»

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As friends and fam­i­lies gather to cel­e­brate our na­tion’s birth, we know the bat­tle lines of hy­per-par­ti­san­ship will be on many minds. So, on this In­de­pen­dence Day, we of­fer a 14,000foot view of rea­sons for both sides to cel­e­brate.

Sup­port­ers of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump have plenty to cel­e­brate. While he has yet to sign any sig­nif­i­cant leg­is­la­tion, he’s made in­roads to­ward ful­fill­ing cam­paign prom­ises.

The New York bil­lion­aire has been a hard­liner he promised in ad­dress­ing il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion. No, the bor­der wall isn’t ex­actly in the works, but il­le­gal cross­ings have plum­meted. Ar­rests jumped nearly 40 per­cent in the pres­i­dent’s first three months. Im­mi­grants are be­ing rounded up whether they com­mit crimes or are sim­ply work­ing here un­der the radar. Re­cently, the crack­down has ex­panded to ar­rest par­ents in the U.S. who paid smug­glers to carry their chil­dren across the bor­der.

Sim­i­larly, Trump’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Protection Agency ad­min­is­tra­tor, Scott Pruitt, has dra­mat­i­cally scaled back the reach of the agency. The EPA is a lot weaker now, as Pruitt has worked with in­dus­try ex­ec­u­tives to over­turn reg­u­la­tions Pres­i­dent Barack Obama put in place through ex­ec­u­tive or­der. Elec­tions have con­se­quences, and in this one, Trump’s char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of Obama’s cli­mate change fix­a­tion clearly res­onated.

For the ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans who didn’t vote for Trump, they can take heart in the fact our na- tion’s sys­tems of checks and bal­ances has man­aged the strain.

Trump’s ill-ad­vised ef­fort to en­force a ban on Mus­lims from sev­eral coun­tries is a fine ex­am­ple. The ef­fort has largely failed, as courts rightly saw through it and used Trump’s own big­oted words against him. Yes, some of the ban’s re­stric­tions are now in place, as the Supreme Court re­views the dis­pute, but the sys­tem is do­ing its part ad­mirably.

Congress has made a mess of the Trumpian agenda, as dis­putes within the party he rep­re­sents have so far scut­tled the pres­i­dent’s prom­ise to rid the land of Oba­macare. And more and more con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans are rightly call­ing out the pres­i­dent for his ab­surd Twit­ter habit.

In Colorado, we have rea­sons to cel­e­brate, too. Law­mak­ers com­pro­mised to pass a bud­get that re­solved crip­pling rev­enue con­flicts and found some ex­tra money for trans­porta­tion. And our un­em­ploy­ment rate, at 2.3 per­cent, is the low­est in the na­tion. In part that’s be­cause we’ve be­come hugely at­trac­tive to out­siders who are flock­ing to our state.

The union has never been ex­actly per­fect. The goal has al­ways been to strive for bet­ter, and many as­pects of the Amer­i­can sys­tem are work­ing just fine.

No doubt, our na­tion faces plenty of chal­lenges and mil­i­tary con­flicts. And our comity is in tat­ters. But to­day is a day to cel­e­brate what works about our sys­tem.

Here’s to find­ing some com­mon ground around the grill.

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