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Sunday, June 8, 2014
America--Is She Worth Saving
There is a word circulating within America today which is often used to describe the body and soul of a person who believes that America is worth saving. That word would be 'patriot'. Those of us who claim to be patriots are proud to defend our beliefs associated with this word. Patriots are considered to be of good moral value, which encapsulates many attributes, among them goodness, kindness, and courage. To be a patriot is to be aligned with what is morally right, which is the ability to understand and distinguish what is right and what is wrong.
However, to be a patriot and to disagree with some one else's point of view, should not exclude them from your definition of the words best used to describe a person who is patriotic. Today, such exclusion will play a damaging role in creating a polarization that threatens to create a chasm between those who may have opposing views.
This is commentary which must lead us to an understanding of the essential goodness that most human beings carry, while also understanding others who may share a different point of view.We must begin to move away from the historical perspective of dialogue that will take us away from the dichotomy of we and they.The definition of patriotism over many years has come to mean a variety of things, some of which are stronger in some than others.
Among the things that one may include in their definition of what it means to be a patriot are among the following:
-love for one's country and belief she is worth saving
-commitment to the ideals upon which she was founded
-hope for the future of the nation
-desire to rectify past mistakes that have been made
-faithfulness to the Constitution
-belief in all things right
As patriotic Americans, we must ask ourselves this one question: is America worth saving? If the answer is a resounding yes, we must see to it that this new commitment to the ideals of America are not the same approval of her practices in the past or the present. You must ask yourself what role do you play in this country worth saving. I will discuss this in greater detail in a future post----"One Way Out."
America is not one thing, she is many things. And being a patriot is not one thing, but many things. The new patriotism that America needs is one that will be based on diversity, honesty and trust.
With these values, and wearing the banner of hope, sound ideals, and a good sustainable moral code, we may come to the realization that yes --- indeed she is worth saving. We need to do this not just for future generations alone, but more importantly, for the people who lived before us and laid down their lives so we may know the true meaning of liberty.
She is the best there is, and there is no other like her.
She is who we are. We are she who is worth saving.