Saturday, July 3, 2010

Independence Day

I'm very patriotic.  I love America.  Liberty and Justice under God are really awesome!

I know that we haven't always done such a great job of fulfilling what our Founding Fathers were trying to achieve, especially lately, but there is still something really special about living in America.  In my field of study(International Studies) a lot of America bashing goes on.  Sometimes it's so bad that I wonder if my classmates remember that they are, in fact, Americans too.  Yet, when it comes down to it, they can't really say that there is another place that comes as close to being what America tries to be as we do.

Reading the writings of our Founding Fathers(i.e. the Federalist and Anti-federalist papers, the Declaration of Independence, etc.) is really inspiring to me.  After watching the John Adams mini-series starring Paul Giamatti, I was ready to become a politician.  I get all choked up when the national anthem is sung at events.

This country is so beautiful and so blessed.  I just want to take this moment to realize all we have and not let it go to waste.

Here are just a few of the things I really love about America:

- There is a representation of at least half of the worlds ethnicities to be found in America.
- Hamburgers
- Hollywood (although it disappoints me a lot, there's some good stuff there)
-The American Dream
- Country Music
- Broadway
- Free Speech
- Freedom of Religion
- Louisiana
- California

What are your favorite things about America/being American?


Libbs said...

Capitalism, woo!!

That, and gloating in front of Canadians. That always makes my day :D

Adolfo said...

Well said, Therese!

I share your deep love of country, though I also struggle with so much of what we've chosen to become and even how we achieved what we have. I remember holding my children while standing inside of the Lincoln Memorial, choking up while reading his second inaugural address to them.

These words of Rich Mullins have (as they always do) special significance to me: "Nobody tells you when you get born here/how much you'll come to love it/and how you'll never belong here./So I'll call you my country/but I'll be longing for my Home/and I wish that I could take you there with me"

Kelly said...

And don't forget Jazz!!