We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. ~The Declaration of Independence
I firmly believe the United States of America is a great country. There is a lot of negativity going around these days about the economy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, big oil companies and our government. However, since this weekend we celebrate the birth of our nation, I thought it was fitting to remind everyone just how great it is here in the U.S. It is easy to get down on how things are going if we listen frequently to the news media, but we need to remember the circumstances we face do not make the country. It is “We the people”.
The reasons above all reasons that America is great!
Here’s the preamble to our Constitution:
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
~ U.S. Constitution
All that really is America
Notice again that it starts out, “We the people”, WE are this country. Therefore, I have a complete and total conviction that this is a great country. Look at how we came together after 9/11. Look at how our soldiers have served so selflessly in Iraq and Afghanistan. These guys and gals are all 100% volunteers! Look at how we always come to the aid of other nations when they suffer disasters despite the disasters we are dealing with right here at home. We have a lot to be proud of in America!
All that America has contributed to humanity.
Look at all we have contributed to science, medicine, and the general welfare of humanity over the last 100 years! Look who invented the car, the airplane, the telephone, the light bulb, the computer, the camera, the Internet, the refrigerator, the defibrillator, numerous vaccines, the cardiac pacemaker, and last, but not least, Viagra! Is this a great country or what!?! This just scratches the surface on all that we have contributed to the betterment of the world. All these things are now enjoyed the world over and it was a result of the hard work and ingenuity of “We the people”.
All that America has survived.
You and I are what makes America great! It is the spirit of the American people. We are victors in every area of life. We have suffered great wars, depressions, recessions, terrorism, communism, assassinations, diseases, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, scandals, and Jimmy Carter! There is nothing that can stop the great people of this country. We are survivors. We press on with grit, determination, and a MacGyver-like ability to solve any problem.
Do not go on doubting America!
Why then do so many people doubt that we will defeat al-Qaeda and the Taliban? Why do they doubt that we will solve our dependency on foreign oil with new innovations? Why do they worry themselves sick about the economy? Why don’t they trust their own ingenuity and that of their fellow Americans? After all, we have a proven track record of success. We have won difficult wars in the past. We have solved some incredibly tough problems. We have endured crises that others have not. America has been tested time and again. There should be no doubt in the tenacity of our people!
Stop believing that every other nation is smarter than we are and that they have their act together better than we do. This is simply not true. I’m not denying that we have issues to deal with, but I trust that we will rise to the occasion. We always have and there is no reason to believe we won’t now. We are the heirs of a great nation. We still have the blood of our forefathers running through our veins.
We are not quitters or cowards! We are the likes of Samuel Jackson, Paul Revere, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, Neil Armstrong, Henry Ford, Martin Luther King, Jr., Albert Einstein, and Thomas Edison. We are brave, smart, determined, honorable, and a little rebellious. We will fight to the end for what is right. We are the American people and we are what is great about America!
Celebrate all that is great about America.
This 4th of July celebrate all that is great about the U.S.A. Follow the links above and read some of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Remind yourself of what it means to be an American. Remember all those that have gone before us and that have paid an enormous price for all that we enjoy today. Resolve to do the same for our children now. It is not time to give up or to give in. It is time to make yourself useful. We can continue to carry on the tradition of greatness in America. I have complete faith in you to do so because you are an American!
Have a happy 4th of July! Please leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts on why America is great.
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