Yet another wonderful Gabri-torial Put aside all your partisan bickering and think about this. What does it mean to YOU to be an American? I am proud because the United States is truly the melting pot of the world. Only this country welcomes everyone from any country, of any race, color or religious faith. I consider this as I think about attending our family Independence Day celebration, which will be a traditional All-American outdoor cookout. In attendence will be: My mom -- the first person in her family to be born outside of Germany my sister's husband -- the son of Mexican immigrants My sister's 13-year-old charge, Lissete -- celebrating her first July 4 in the U.S. after growing up in Colombia My cousin Dahlia -- daughter of a Mexican immigrant My sister's friend Lyn -- daughter of Vietnamese immigrants What makes America a great country is that we are all entitled to equal rights and privileges. No one is forced to accept one political party, one set of moral and social values or one religion. And if someone does try to impose one of the above, you have the right to state your opposition. Through peaceful, lawful, democratic means. Which some of us will always have the conscience to do.