Monday, September 12, 2011

Made in the U.S.A.

    "Proud to be an American," we all think that from time to time and especially now, at least for this anniversary of 911.  I sometimes wonder what that means, what is this "American Spirit"?
   We are a mixed bag with every skin color, every religion and we come from every corner of this globe.
Except for the American Indian none of us are from here.
   I think this is the only country in the world where if you are born here you are an American!  And I like it that way.  This is the only country in the world that has total acceptance.
   We have a lot of different accents, different cultures adding to this melting pot of humanity.  The best Italian pizza in the world is American!  We may never forget where we came from but once here, once on this soil, we are forever Americans.
   It is still the freest country in the world.  No one knocks on the door in the middle of the night; every city, every little town has a public library.  No one controls the newspapers, tells us what to do or how to do it.
We can gather in groups, worship where we like and how we like and protest in the streets without getting shot.  One of the best things about living here is our right to complain.
   The economy is bad all over the world and here too and yet people still want in.  It is still the "land of opportunity".  People have gotten rich beginning from selling hot dogs from a cart!  I like that too.
   It is a big country and you can travel anywhere without a passport.  The terrorists have made this a bit more complicated but you still don't need local police documentation to travel as you do in a lot of countries.
There are no road blocks within our cities or from State to State.  From California to Rhoad Island and everywhere in between, wherever you were born, you are an American.  I like that too.
   There is a particular "American Spirit," that is not found anywhere else.  It is a spirit of attitude, of resilience, of rolling up your sleeves and thinking, "I can do that!"  It crosses cultural lines and religious beliefs.  It has no boundaries between the rich and the poor.  It is this attribute that got us to the moon and beyond the stars.  That was no accident.  We are Americans.  I like that too.

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4 comments:

AutumnLeaves said...

True words, Jerry.

Barbra Joan said...

Thanks Jerry. Sometimes I CAN agree with you.
But there are times when we disagree , like yesterday , and no amount of talking, debating, screaming are going to bring us any closer to agreeing with each others thoughts on politics..
I don't agree with your posts (of yesterday) at all, we all have our own free mind..
If you and others think that Pres. Bush who had to know and approve something like that would be that devious as to kill all those innocent people, I feel sorry for all of you 'conspirator believers' . Like the Hollywood crew, living in their little dream world..you think that someone 'in a cave' couldn't do that? When will you realize there are real terrorists who mean to see us either believing in their god or see us dead..they don't think like me or even you, theres a conspiracy alright and it's permeating all through this land,, your fighting the wrong devils..

stonepost said...

Just because I present an idea open for discussion does not mean that I believe in this idea. I am open for ALL discussion, on ANY TOPIC, ALL THE TIME, FOREVER.. That is also a benefit to being an American. The minute we quit listening we lose and are no longer after any kind of truth.

Tiffiny said...

Very well said, this powerful american spirit is what keeps many american's vigilant in their watch to make sure we keep what makes us american's. When their are unanswered question we should ask why of our government and demand the truth when we don't get it otherwise we may one day lose all we hold dear. As Thomas Pain once said "A nation under a well regulated government, should permit none to remain uninstructed. It is monarchical and aristocratical government only that requires ignorance for its support."