"We can't be America again........until WE start being AMERICANS again."
What's that mean, I thought? Mr. Z is not an American but he seems to love this country more than some born in America do. What's with that? What's with...........them? What's it mean to BE AMERICAN? (NO, do NOT stop and comment now! You've just GOT to see the first video link in the red paragraph below, I KNOW you were going to comment now!!! HEH..I digress!!!..) Put aside just plain being born here like most Americans are.........there are illegals coming here every hour, or being born here every minute, who will never really be American and will always expect a hand out, and some who will grow up loving this country for its opportunities. I'm talking about being an American in your heart, no matter where you were born. I'm not talking about a technical thing here, I'm talking about a heart thing. What's the definition of American then, putting aside place of birth? Talking about place of birth...(heh).........
....Mr. Obama had a terrible time when asked by Journalist Major Garrett why it was difficult for him to say that the West won the Cold War. PLEASE watch the video and see what Barack Obama thinks (check out the derisive chuckle when questioned). His inability to admit America did a great job grieves me so much. Click HERE to see that interview with Major Garrett, and please see the comment by Lech Walesa at the end of it, too. It's so important to see Mr. Obama's mindset. Don't forget, Mr and Mrs Obama lived their lives fighting an America they felt was unfair. You all know how Mrs. Obama only felt proud when her husband got the nomination. Click HERE if you can stand to hear that again.
Doesn't loving America tie in with patriotism? And doesn't patriotism mean loving America? Some say "dissent is patriotic"...fair enough. How far does the dissent go before someone's not loving America anymore? Does denying a truth about America and the Cold War, something the whole WORLD acknowledges, go into that touchy dissent mode? Do you have to wear a flag pin to love America? OF COURSE NOT. But, what about THIS FROM OBAMA in October, 2007 about flag pins.......?? Here's a clippet from the article:
"You know, the truth is that right after 9/11, I had a pin," Obama said. "Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we're talking about the Iraq War, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security, I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest. Instead, I'm going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism." Z: "Will make this country great?" (does that bring tears to your eyes, too?)
Do you have to be pro choice to be an American? Of course not.
Must you be for lower taxes to be an American? Of course not.
Do you have to be for or against gay marriage to be an American? Of course not.
Must you believe in God to be an American? Of course not..........SO.......
What's the thread that joins Conservatives and Liberals in their love of America?
Must you believe in stricter border control to love America? Absolutely.
Should you believe in one national, official language to love America? Yes.
Do you have to believe in excellent defense to love America? Yes.
We take CARE of things we love, right?
I'd been thinking about this subject for a while and then my very dear friend Heidianne emailed me that a July 4th guest said this to her..."....it's time we in America realize we have much more to be ashamed if then to be proud of." This got her hopping mad, and me, too. "much more to be ashamed of"? He is AMERICAN, but remember that saying..."We can't be America again until we start being Americans again." If all the Americans in this country felt the way that guy felt, would we EVER BE THE AMERICA WE KNOW AND LOVE AGAIN?
When doing a tally of goods vs bads about America, doesn't EVERYONE's list of goods outweigh the bads? IF not, WHY not? It's a choice, in my opinion. Those who really LOVE AMERICA will give her a break, understand her shortcomings, try to make her even better, and have a far longer list of goods. HOW CAN THEY NOT? Plus, America's done SO MUCH GOOD for her own people and around the world...this is not a point that's up for grabs, IS IT??
Also.....Can you fight for this country and not love America?
Tell me......what's with this LOVING AMERICA thing? You have any input? I'd love to hear it.