Friday, July 4, 2008

Independence Day

A day to celebrate! I am a true, flag waving, patriotic American. I believe in this country. Sometimes I'm depressed by the sleaze, double-talk, pandering, self-serving, irreverence, etc. that finds its way into our national culture. But I am also uplifted by the Faith, Courage, Service, and Generosity that are demonstrated by so many of my fellow citizens. I believe in America. I believe in the lofty ideals that led our founders to proclaim this land a land of libertyand that made our motto "In God We Trust". I am grateful for the freedom that lets me rear and teach my children in accordance with my own values and beliefs--a freedom not allowed in Germany. I am grateful for the freedom that makes it possible for me to worship God in accordance with my personal convictions, a freedom that does not exist in Saudi Arabia. I am grateful for the freedom to participate in the democratic electoral process in accordance with my personal convictions, a freedom denied in Zimbabwe. In fact, in spite of our many imperfections, I firmly believe that the United States of America still holds a unique place in the world: we have more true liberty and more moral integrity here than in any other country I am aware of. We are so very far from perfect--this election year has brought many reminders of that--but I would rather be a citizen of this country than of any other.
I pray that we may always be "One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all".

1 comment:

Kelley said...

Yes! Yes! Yes! I think living out of the country is one of the best ways to truly appreciate what we have in the country. I know being a military kid, living in Saudi Arabia, and traveling in China certainly shaped the way I look at it. Terrific post!