As we mark the “birth” and independence of the United States, I’d like to ask a simple question:
What are the reasons you love and appreciate the United States?
I often find myself in the company of women and men that are more inclined towards the art of deconstruction and cycnism. We tend to criticize and often harp on the negatives. The government can do no right. If you’re a christian, we’re often called “enlightened evangelicals” – people that have seen the light and thus, capable and enlightened to be self-proclaimed prophets against the horrible, evil, corrupt, and hypocritical regime of the United States.We tend to say that “dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”
Do you really believe that? I don’t. How about “some dissent is one form of patriotism?” That’s what I believe.
Ok. I get it. And I share the beliefs that for a country that has been given so much, we have fallen short. I know the United States isn’t perfect. There are things of the past and present that I do not understand; Stuff that embarrasses and angers me. The perception of the USA around the world is in shambles. Next week, I’ll share a little bit about the daily demontrations and [peaceful] protests that are going on in Korea because of the Beef Crisis. Trust me…it’s more than the beef. And maybe I’m inclined to share this post because I know next week’s post may be a little bit more “critical.”
So, while I’m sure it would attract more comments if the topic was entitled “reasons why you are embarrassed about the United States,” can you take a few moments to share your “reasons why you love and appreciate the United States?”
Why? Because whether you agree with it or not, the United States is an amazing nation.