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Commentary: No matter where we stand on the political aisle, we are all Americans

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WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Last 4th of July, I spoke to you about the importance of civil discourse in our country. My bottom line was a reminder that Americans have much more in common than we often think.

Now, I believe that message rings truer than ever.

In the past year, we have seen the left and right fight over so many important issues -- immigration, gun rights, the economy, standing for our national anthem and others. In many cases, these arguments turned ugly and ultimately unproductive.

However, there were also beautiful moments that we have been able to experience together as Americans -- welcoming home American prisoners from North Korea, having millions of Americans receive bonuses as a result of tax reform, and watching our country come together in the face of disaster.

As we celebrate Independence Day with our loved ones, I hope we all take some time to reflect on what “independence” truly means in this country -- freedom to think, say, and be who we are. I thank those who have fought and are fighting bravely to protect those freedoms.

Here’s the bottom line: No matter where we stand on the political aisle, we are all Americans. We should all want what is best for this country. When we take a minute to remember that everyone is coming from a place of love for our country, the issues that divide us don’t seem as impossible to solve. Happy Fourth of July.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.