posted on Jul, 4 2008 @ 06:05 PM
I Love My Country...
The United States of America...
I have traveled the world extensively and all over this Great Nation. I can not decide if I was more proud of My Country when I was overseas, or when
I am the tourist here and get to just enjoy the majesty I see all around me...
I feel pride when I see new businesses opening and high school graduations, babies being born and big construction equipment. I marvel at the Grand
Canyon and the Great Lakes, Florida's Everglades and the Snows in Vermont. California's diversity and the beaches here in South Carolina. Wheat
fields in the heartland swell my chest with hope and the desert in New Mexico amazes me...
I am old enough and traveled enough to remember other times when some people felt a loss of hope; I also remember that this Great Nation rose up then,
and she will weather whatever you may imagine is happening now.
I look around and see what "we" as a nation call poverty and I remember what poverty really is; what I saw when I traveled Korea and the
I see the people "we" say are living in poverty here in the United States, with their cable TV, DVD players and two cars, and I wonder what "we"
are thinking. I have seen truly happy people living with dirt floors and their only transportation the feet God gave them, their sign of wealth; a cow
and two chickens. Yet "we" are unhappy because we have to cut back on our vacations due to gas prices. That is the only thing that makes me sad
about our country, our expectations of wealth.
I came from poor, perhaps more poor than most of you can understand; yet this Great Nation gave me the will and the desire to rise up and make myself
successful. I see others that are like I was when I was younger, working two jobs and refusing to give up and I have HOPE and PRIDE in this Great
I have spent the day remembering what I feel has made this Nation Great. The people that have NOT given up, the ones that spend their time improving
themselves and those around them and not complaining because they can't afford their annual trip to Kalamazoo. Thinking of improvement and not
revolution. I remember not taking a vacation until I was 35 years old and feeling guilty then because I did not have to get up for work.
Yes I read all of this negativity about America, and I remember.
I Love My Country
God Bless the U.S.A.