Freedom of worship. Freedom of speech. Freedom to defend oneself and family. Equal protection under the law. Those top my list.
Here are some more reasons to love America.
My neighbors wave as we pass on the street. Our grocery store is filled with a plentiful and wide variety of food. Always. I love the abundant natural beauty of our deserts, mountains, lakes, plains, forests, and sea coasts.
We have a proud and valiant past. Our ancestors have struggled and fought for their beliefs and have come out victorious. Heroes like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King Jr. stand alongside the unnamed millions who have made this the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.
The most brilliant government document ever crafted, the Constitution, was inspired for the people of this nation.
We have the opportunity in America to become whatever we have the desire for. It will not be given, but it can be earned–a much sweeter accomplishment than any entitlement.
We possess a Free Market system that has produced more wealth in a short two centuries than all the wealth of all the world through all of history combined.
We have been a moral, government, and free market “light on a hill” to other nations. Nations around the world have been benefited by following America’s example.
We voluntarily give more per capita than any other nation on earth. Of course we have great wealth, but contrary to the theory that wealth produces greed, Americans give generously of their resources, both time and money. People all over the world and at home have been blessed by the ordinary people of this nation.
We have led the world in technology and invention. We led the world into the information age, all because of the government and economic form which allows people to profit from their labor. This technology–everything from airplanes to space travel, to computers and telecommunications has blessed the entire earth in profound ways.
Our military has been and still is the strongest fighting force on earth. This is only a virtue because we have not chosen to use our strength to colonize or create an empire. We have fought and bled on other shores, usually on behalf of those unable to resist evil on their own. We conquered Japan, but we did not punish or occupy Japan. We conquered Germany twice, but did not occupy Germany. We fought in Vietnam and Korea, but do not own any land in Asia. We governed the Philippines for a time, but gave them their sovereignty when they were ready. We are now in the middle east, but have no intention of making Iraq, Afghanistan or any other middle eastern country an outpost of America. Say what you will about our foreign policy, but no matter what administration is in power America has never been in the business of creating empire. I have never felt so much pride in my country as when my husband served in the US Army and we were a military family.
The power in America is still in the hands of the people and the people are still fighting for freedom. I am grateful we have the necessity to fight for freedom. As Thomas Paine said, “What we obtain too cheaply we esteem too lightly. It is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods, and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.”
I love America and am grateful everyday that I was blessed to such a degree that I was born in this land.