Thursday, May 31, 2012
The Making of an American
I have been pondering what it means to be American. From the time I could think in a cognitive fashion, I have been proud to be an American. I knew in the core of my being that I lived in the greatest country on earth. My countrymen where honorable and true and our leaders were fearless and just. Americans were the "knights in shining armor" of two world wars and they conducted themselves in a manner befitting our princely nation. My heart swelled with pride and thanksgiving knowing I was a child of the great United States.
What is it that I loved about my native country? I loved that our citizens were fiercely independent. I loved that we were willing to sacrifice personal comfort in order to do the right thing. I loved that we were a country of principle and character. I loved that we could make do with anything and thrive in any circumstance. I loved that we would rather go without than burden someone else with our problems. I loved the fact that we made a stand for right and hated wrong. I loved the fact that we cared about our fellow man more than we cared about ourselves. I loved the fact that we were more concerned with disciplining ourselves than policing everyone else. I loved the fact that we rewarded achievement and punished evil. I loved the fact that we were willing to work hard for what we wanted. I loved the fact that we had the strength of character to succeed when the odds were against us. I loved being an American.
I am still proud to be an American. I still see the best in us. But I see the worst too. I see people who would rather take than give. I see leaders who would rather be served than to serve. I see good being called evil and evil being called good. I see a people who have lost their dignity, willing to accept handouts rather than resolutely making their own way. Americans are being replaced. We are being replaced by impostors - haters of the American way.
It's not too late. We can reclaim our heritage - our country. It starts with you. It starts with me. It starts by throwing off the shackles of an over-reaching government. Get off welfare, get off WIC - be too proud to accept the state's handouts and be bound by their chains. Do the hard things. Be willing to suffer, work hard and make your own way. Don't blame the economy, the government or your parents. Find that inner strength and rebuilt your nation. Embrace good and shun evil. Stand up for what you believe in, no matter what the cost.
It starts with you. It starts with me. We are the making of an American.