First of all, I was born in America, my mom came from many generations of North Carolinians dated back hundreds of years, my father was the son of a Scottish immigrant coming to America to find work to support his family and they loved this country and instilled that love in me. I was taught that the many blessings I have came because of America's determination to operate as a godly nation as designed by her founders. Those founders were men who knew what the yoke of tyranny would do if left to grow and fester and their experience was with a King who saw his subjects as nothing more than fodder for his personal wealth building. They knew America had to be different, otherwise the struggle that allowed the nation to become one would have been a big waste of time and effort despite the expenditure of sweat and blood.
I went to school in a day when children sang America, a beautiful song sung to the same tune used for the British national anthem,for God Save the Queen. We also said the pledge of allegiance and offered a short prayer to God every morning. No one was forced to participate, but they were requested to remain reverent and the process gave all of us a good feeling starting the day. I wasn't afraid to tell people of my Christian faith, I was proud of it, but never forced it on anyone. In fact, my Jewish friends, of which there were many, would celebrate Christmas with us while we reciprocated for Hanukkah.
We studied a lot of history in school, in elementary school in Virginia an entire year was devoted to Virginia history, giving us all a solid footing concerning where America came from. Then, in high school, we had U.S. History, World History and then, finally, a comprehensive year of American Government. It played a great part in making us aware of where our nation came from and what it took to get us where it was going. It wasn't politically correct, it was true and we discussed it and debated issues routinely with no one requiring a safe room and no verbal hostility erupting. Why? Because we were taught to behave and respect our elders.
College saw changes in the 1960s, but even then as a college student the concept of discussion and debate was the rule of the day and we all learned from the experiences and views of others. Yes, we had disagreements, but they were always civil and in the end we would shake hands and still be friends. On many a Friday night in school we'd gather for a beer together, be us of liberal, conservative or whatever persuasion and rigorously debate, then laugh when it was all over.
After college, I joined the Army, learned about the art of war and why it was important for our nation to be strong and vigilant. It taught me a lot about following rules, how there are consequences of your actions and how discipline gives you a head start on being successful in life. But despite America being the only nation who ever won wars in combat and then rebuilt the enemy into a successful state, jealousy has always been a huge problem in international relations. And as we wavered away from defending our honor vigorously, our nation allowed itself to be the whipping boy for so many and the piggy bank for their desires.
Every job I held before ultimately retiring I got on my own. I had great success in some, not so much in others, but they were all acquired by my own sweat and through freedom and I cherish that freedom and all of the experiences of my life to date. And if you take all these things and put them in a package, it's what I love about America.
Americans are individuals in a nation that was founded under God. Freedom means you do things by free will, not by the dictates of the state or some higher power other than God above who dictates what you will do. That's what I love about America and it's why I can't understand why so many make excuses for themselves and look for a handout when most of their problems are self-created. Sure there are occasions when people through no fault of their own need a hand=up, but there is never a good reason for a hand-out. We were given our faculties to develop and use to support ourselves and by and large that's what we need to do.
There is no other place I would rather be and I've noticed that all those doing the complaining and expressing hate don't want to leave either. Many really have no right to be here, but rather than appreciate the compassion they are given, they just want to take more. So, like Theodore Roosevelt said so elegantly many generations ago, if you want to be an American, step up to the plate, learn English, act like an American and love America and you can be successful. But if you don't follow the law, you have no business being here at all. And as for American born citizens who exhibit that same displeasure, take a look around the world and see where else you want to live. More than likely you won't find one so buckle down and get with what America is all about. Those of us who love and cherish aren't changing to allow you to destroy the greatest experiment in government ever. Yes, we can make some changes where needed, but they will be in accordance with the guidelines which created her and not under a tyrannical edict of a few. It's really just as simple as that.
God bless America, my home, sweet home and may she ever be free.