Warning: If you don’t like posts about Patriotism, stop reading now.
I was taking inventory of my life in the last few days and here is what I think I found.
First, I was born an American which means that because of decisions my ancestors made, I wasn’t born in Scotland, England, Ireland, Germany, or any of a dozen places listed in my DNA report from a reputable DNA service.
Second, Because I was born an American, I am included in the words that stated 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.”
You are correct if you recognize those words from the Declaration of Independence. Those words were written to express the frustration of a people who felt that the government that they had was no longer looking out for their best interests. King George and his government had made life so oppressive for the people in the colonies that they had no choice but to rise up and throw off a government which no longer cared about its people. I know it’s been a long time since most people have read the document but it is worth the read. You can see similarities between George and the current leadership at every turn.
George made one big mistake.
He thought having the world’s most powerful army at his fingertips made his word irrefutable. And George never hesitated to remind his subjects that he would do what was needed to keep his power. He tried to keep common people from getting arms to defend themselves, he taxed them almost into slavery and he ignored their cries for justice. Why do you think we have the ten Ammendments in our Constitution?
But Americans don’t like tyrants much. It has been part of our DNA since the beginning.
A tyrant is someone who rules without reason. A tyrant is someone who makes people who disagree with him “evil” and “traitors”. A tyrant divides the people by pitting them against each other. They are weakest and easier to defeat in any setting when they are fighting each other and not the tyrant.
I am an American.
That transcends my skin color, my race, my heritage, my wealth or my poverty. I am a Patriot because I believe in what this country stands for when it adheres to the principles of the Founding Fathers. If I wanted to be a communist, I could have moved to any country I wanted to and practiced that. But I have chosen to live as a free man in America. That is my right. For now.
I am glad there was no social media controlled by nefarious evil people during the time when America was born. Can you imagine what those leftists would have done to George Washington or any of the founders? I imagine we would still be hugging the coast lines with British Troops patrolling the streets.
Department of Homeland Security?
When I saw the head of the Department of Homeland Security say that the greatest threat to America is someone who looks like me and thinks that it is our right to question a government that no longer represents its people, I was shocked.
How did an American who served his country for more than two decades suddenly become a domestic terrorist? I’ve never raised my voice no less raised a weapon against my own country.
Then I remembered something. This guy represents the government that is a continuation of a previous government that vowed to fundamentally change America. Remember him? This government does not represent the will of millions of Americans. They no longer even try. It is easier for them to try and crush dissent by labeling honest Americans as terrorists than it is to have reasonable debates in the public forum. Meanwhile, the real terrorists are laughing and bulding up their strength for the next attack. And like September 11, we will not be ready because foolish people have been given power to pursue political agendas instead of real enemies.