By: Patti Bankson
Sometimes people experience defining moments that, if embraced and nurtured, change us; make us better.
Americaâ€™s had many defining moments that have made us better… 9/11â€™s one. That day, and long after, we did what Americans do… with hearts touched, compassion flowed from us, as from a deep well; it literally moved us to act. We searched, we served, we comforted, we shared… everything, with everyone. Yet, after all that happened in NYC… after more searching, serving, comforting and sharing in â€œNawlinsâ€ after Katrina… once again, after the Indonesian tsunami(s)… then again, and again… in various places, sometimes our own neighborhoods… helping to find lost children, identifying and putting away â€œbad guysâ€… after 8-years, and all that, some seem to suffer amnesia, and say that we owe the world an apology… we should be ashamed.
Ashamed? For what? For having ancestors with Dreams who sought the Freedom to pursue them? Because they were willing to struggle across the continent, live in mud shanties, endure bitter winters, and scorching summers of drought, for them? For their having the audacious faith to drop precious seeds into rows scratched into dustbowl ground, and for praying those seeds would miraculously grow into an abundant food crop? Or for unashamedly thanking God while they reaped what theyâ€™d sown? Or for putting aside just what their own families needed, then sharing the rest with their not-so-fortunate neighbors? Not because Government mandated, but simply because they cared. All while laying the foundations of our great country. Isnâ€™t that â€œshamefulâ€!
No! Hereâ€™s shameful… our leaders… including our own President… making-nice with dictators, while finding â€œ50-Ways to Apologizeâ€ for America… and, oh, yeah… managing to have enough spit left to lick the boots of the likes of Ahmadinejad. Guess they arenâ€™t aware that his countryâ€™s people are marching the streets for what we have here. At their peril, I might add. Whatever! Our leaders still think the world hates usâ€.
Nuh-uh! Hereâ€™s just one rebuttal: Grenada. Remember? American troops fought there… we â€œinvadedâ€ and â€œoccupiedâ€, so they hated us, right? WRONG! Everywhere my husband and I went when we were there… in the city… in isolated mountain areas… people offered huge smiles, warm handshakes and hugs. They told us how theyâ€™d cheered and cried tears of relief when they saw our helicopters coming. They kept saying, â€œThank you! Thank you for what you did for us! We love President Reagan… we love Americans!â€ Their words were repeated in the endless graffiti that adorned practically every building and every wall.
So! Is Grenada what our leaders think â€œhateâ€ looks like? Or does â€œhateâ€ look like our President, bad-mouthing everything thatâ€™s gone into making us the great country, and people, we are? I know what I think… how about you?
And hereâ€™s another thought… why not take our money the governmentâ€™s so eager and happy to spend, and earmark it (something else they love!) to give America-haters one-way tickets to a socialist/communist dictatorship of their choice… let them put their Constitutional Freedoms they donâ€™t seem to appreciate where their ignorant ideologies seem to want them to go. After they recover from their culture shock, they may want to come back… thatâ€™s fine, but they should have to earn $$ for their return ticket. In a non-capitalistic economy? Could take awhile.
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