If you follow my blogs you know I can be very critical of Americans.  They don’t keep up with what’s going on, they excuse themselves for ignoring injustice, they don’t appreciate what they have.  On first impression it appears I am anti-American and don’t like anything about it.  I would like to address that issue.

I LOVE AMERICA AND AMERICANS.

This is the greatest country in the world and that’s why so many want to come here.  Our government is for the people and by the people, even though it doesn’t work perfectly.  America values diversity and we will fight for it, even tough it still doesn’t exist.  American’s are some of the most caring and giving people in the world, even though they don’t follow what is happening in the world around them.  Americans embrace other cultural heritages and celebrate them, even when prejudice still exists.

I could go on and on with what makes America great.  Americans are compassionate and giving. They just need a reminder once in a while. Look at people reaching out during the hurricane.  Last week we remembered 9/11. I remember the months following that horrific tragedy.  Americans came together from all races, religions and every lifestyle.  We were one.

So why am I so critical of this great Nation?  Because I want MORE!  America is the best country on this planet. Because it is, because American citizens are the best I have confidence we can be better.  I want an even better Country for my children and grandchildren.

America is not the land or the buildings.  America is the people, and because of that will never reach perfection. People are flawed.  They make mistakes. People will never be perfect. But if we unite and agree on what perfection is and strive toward that goal, what kind of country would we be?

I just want to do God’s will and he has led me to the mountain top, and I have seen the promise land.”

This is an exert from Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech the day before he was assassinated. The journey over that mountain is long and difficult.  It will take time, work and cooperation with one another.  But the promise land is that perfection we should seek. The promise land is a place where everyone and everything has value.  It is a land where everyone appreciates what they have.  America has been slowly climbing that mountain for 242 years.  Our forefathers saw the promise land.  They gave us a map to get there.

The Declaration of Independence.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are empowered by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness….

So when you hear me rant and rave about injustice and shortcomings I feel are not right in this Country, understand it comes from a deep love for this America. The Blogs are me shouting “get back on track,”, “Follow the map”.  “We will all get to the promise Land.”  Dr. King said in his speech “I may not be alive to join you there”, how ironic that he was gunned down the following day.  I will probably not be there to join you either but I am having a beautiful journey up the mountain to get there.  My children and grandchildren may.  And for that it is  journey worth taking.

JUST SAYING…..

TODD

 

 

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  1. jonolan says:

    You’re lying, if only to yourself. You don’t America because, as you written / admitted, America is the People and you don’t love the vast majority of the American people. You decry us as bigotted, selfish, and small-minded and seek to “better us” through approbation and insult. That’ abuse, not love.

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    • It is obvious from your comment that you know my heart and sole better than myself so how could I argue with you. You can see you are a loving and caring person. As I stated “I” am a part of the us. I criticized myself FIRST before others. You always hold to higher aspirations the ones you love. I offer observations on society as a whole not condemnations of individuals. I am glad you are out there, all knowing to investigate and condemn those that do not meet your personal standards of what is. I provided factual content with my observations on trends in our society. You impose personal beliefs on others without taking time to understand. How dare you question my love of this country.

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      • jonolan says:

        Firstly, autocorrect sucks. Soul, not Sole in this usage…unless you’re a very odd form of Christian who really, really considers Jesus to be a fisher of men. 😉 OK, enough Grammar Fascism.

        Yes, the “I” is part of “us,” which furthers my point about you since to decry “us” is to decry the individuals who make up its measure, especially when they are together its majority. Hence, to condemn society is to condemn the individuals…in exactly the same way as its “racist” to speak of Black issues because doing so to their society is to condemn their individuals…Or so those who value “diversity” claim.

        And no, you provided no objective factual commentary at all. All that you presented was inherently bound within your personal standards and your personal definition of the terms in use, e.g., diversity and injustice.

        Hence, I dare question your love of this country because I must do so, seeing your “love” as little different from someone crying out “Why do you make me hurt you? Why can’t you just behave?”

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