I read a post today about someone being “embarrassed to celebrate America” with all that is going on right now. I understand the writer’s thoughts.
But, we’ve never celebrated the United States because it was perfect. The U.S. has never been and will never be perfect. The reason is simple; it is made up of people. People will never be perfect.
Here’s why I will always celebrate living in the United States, when a wrong is done here, a person has the chance to seek justice. It may not be easy. It may seem damn near impossible. But, if you want something bad enough in the United States, you may have a chance to make it happen. There are other countries where that has never been a possibility.
No . . opportunities are not equal here in everyday practice. But they have the chance to be. When I was a kid, I had to hide where I lived so the house wouldn’t be condemned. This was a real concern of my mother – and now being in real estate with two separate licenses; I can attest that it was a seriously valid concern. We had very little for a time in my childhood and I now own four companies. I had people tell me I couldn’t do things because I am a girl, because I am a mother, because I came from one-step away from government housing. In the U.S. I had the chance to not listen to those people and build my own future (with guidance from knowledgeable and caring people).
A quote I love from the movie, The American President, “America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You’ve gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say, ‘You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center state and advocating at the top of his lungs, that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.” And what we celebrate today, is to live in a country where we can do that. Where we can move to change things for the better.
If you think the United States is in trouble, then you’re awake. But, the United States has always been in trouble. It’s all there in the history books. The good news is that the United States has also always found a path to heal and defend against trouble; because of the people who live here, who realize how great the promise of freedom is; and will fight in small ways and in big ways to preserve the chance to make a difference for the future. There will always be trouble. Because we are all human. “In God We Trust” is a beacon to overcome ourselves.
Tonight I am thankful that in a stressful and tumultuous world, we live in the United States. I have prayed on more than one occasion, thanking God that I was given this life to live here. I surely would have been beheaded a long time ago in some other countries – I’m fairly outspoken on occasion!