Friday, February 29, 2008

Proud to be an American

Lately some very high profile individuals have either appeared to be ashamed of being an American or, at the very least, have not been proud of America for most of their lives. I don’t know about you, but despite all of America’s imperfections – including some terrible historical stains – I am very proud to be a citizen of this great country.

America is not perfect. But what country is? Close scrutiny of the history and current circumstances surrounding any nation will reveal horrible injustices. What makes America different – in a singularly unique way in human history –is that we hold ourselves to ideas and ideals that force ourselves to introspectively review ourselves, and then work to improve our imperfections.

Most nations have been forged in blood and are united by language, ethnic group, culture, tradition, and heritage. This is still true – look what happened to Yugoslavia. Its last remnants were torn asunder when Kosovo became the world’s newest nation.

America, however, is forged on our First Principles as enunciated in our Declaration of Independence: the rule of law, unalienable rights, equality, the social compact, and limited government.

Those First Principles resulted in emancipation, women’s suffrage, and the great civil rights movement. This is not a heritage to be ashamed of, but to be proud of. I know I am.

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