Millions of Americans visit our nation's sandy shores every year to relax, socialize, swim, paddle, or simply enjoy the view. Our nation's beaches are also major drivers of our coastal economies. From the coast of Maine to the shores of Hawaii, beaches attract an endless stream of visitors who patronize local hotels and businesses. According to the National Ocean Economics Program, ocean tourism and recreation contributes over $100 billion to our GDP every year.
Without question, we still have much work before as a nation and as a society to bring about equitable opportunities for all citizens to realize their full potential. But this week, Tubman's words echoed in my head as I sat in that Boston park, erected to honor her legacy of courage and steadfastness
For the last several months, Americans across our country have listened to the leading Republican presidential candidates share their pessimistic and partisan ideas about the state of our country. The key point that none of them seem to realize is that America and the American people are already great.