Do You Love America?
By: Sharon Hughes
Do you love America?
I mean do you LOVE America?
If so, why?
Is it because of the personal liberties you enjoy?
Is it because you live in the most free nation on the earth?
Is it because of its roots, its foundations?
Or is it because it is YOUR country?
Whether we live in America or some other country, we should
love the country that is ours — because it is ours
– because it is made up of the people who are our ‘national family’.
Certainly our Founding Fathers understood this. They understood that not living with the freedom of the ‘self-evident truth’ that the ‘certain unalianable rights’ given by ‘our Creator’ provide, was not the best. And so they set out to provide the best form of government they could for their fellow man, for their ‘national family.’
The 4th of July is the perfect time to re-recognize that each of us are called to be a part of America’s destiny — to work to make it the best nation it can be. Isn’t that what we do (or should do) for the company we work for, or own; for our family; for our personal lives?
And we need to not only re-recognize our individual roles of responsibility as American citizens, but to re-commit to the stewardship of caring for (loving) our nation. Sure, just like with our families, we see the flaws, but we also see the potential (or we should), and work for the best outcome.
Just as the immigrant who escaped from Bulgaria encourages us to do on our July 4th Special Weekend broadcast. He profoundly expresses, what immigrants who are grateful to live in America perhaps appreciate most, a perspective we all need to embrace — again.
So celebrate America this weekend with renewed dedication, and a gratitude that understands, as Erma Bombeck, one of America’s most popular humorists, once said,
“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw frisbees, the potato salad gets ‘iffy,’ and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten , but it is partriotism.”
Happy Birthday! — Afterall, you are America.
Â© Sharon Hughes 2010
Sharon Hughes is Founder and President of The Center for Changing Worldviews & WOMANTalk, and a radio talk show host on KDIA AM1640 in the San Francisco Bay Area, on KFNX in Phoenix, AZ. Her articles have appeared in many recognized news sites such as FrontPageMag, NewsBusters, a division of The Media Research Center, and has appeared on FOX News and other national radio programs. She is an advocate for our Troops through Operation Heartlift, for At-Risk-Children through Operation ARC and has served on several local, state and national Boards.
Websites www.changingworldviews.com, WOMANTalk.us
Sharon Hughes is the Founder and President of The Center for Changing Worldviews, which includes Operation Heartlift to support our Troops, Operation ARC and outreach to at-risk-children. A radio talk show host out of the San Francisco Bay Area on KDIA AM1640, she has appeared on FOX News and many national radio talk shows, and her column is read on numerous online news sites. Website: www.changingworldviews.com Archived Broadcasts: www.listen.changingworldviews.com Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org