Driving is a huge part of my job as many of you kn0w. It gives me time to think, listen to talk radio and find new songs on the radio. Well there is a song that as I listen to it driving across the Texas Panhandle, I can’t help but be proud of where I’m from.
I think the Texas Panhandle is truly entrenched in what America stands for. There are many places like this across the country but since I’ve never left our region to live elsewhere, I can and will only talk about our area. I have found that no matter what, people genuinely care about other people and will at the drop of a hat, give them what they need. Kids still play in the front yards, baseball fields and football fields at the schools like I did. You can always find a number of lemonade stands all across the Panhandle during the summer. Staffed by kids for their summer fun and a way for moms to get a break from them!! The Texas Panhandle also has some of the coolest buildings you’d ever see and each building has a history that’s amazing. Our area of the country may not be the prettiest but I can guarantee there’s no weather that will keep you guessing more than here. Our so called desolate land produces many crops for the rest of the country and it allows us to produce about 40% of the country’s beef. Without us, people might actually starve.
But with that, let’s talk about America. America was started as a place of refuge. A place where people could come and worship their God freely or not worship any God. It was a place with peopel who offened Great Britian and I don’t see why that was a bad thing then or now.
The founders of this great nation spent many years working on building something that made sense to them and in the true essence, their ideas make total sense to me. I think they did a great job and we should look back to then to see how it was done and follow what they did. Let’s not reinvent the wheel people, it works just fine. It took perservance and the knowledge to build this great nation. It also took courage because they knew if they were caught going agaisnt the King, they would be hanged for treason. Now that’s patriotic.
What started as a few people wanting freedom has been built into the greatest place on earth to live. I’ve never been jailed for sharing my convictions and I only pray this continues. I think to really see the true essence of America, we have to read the words of the great men who started this country. The following is Preamable to the Constitution of the United States of Amercia:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
The next thing I think we should all read again is the beginning of the Declaration of Independence:
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
These words are the most important words that were penned by anyone in this country. Remember, it was written by many type of people, from teachers to doctors and farmers to lawyers. But remember also, it was NOT written by politicians! It allowed us the freedom to choose our political leaders but gave the power to the people through the vote. It allows our kids to run freely, sell lemonade and for us to work where we please. It allows us the freedom to disagree and offend others but not harm each other. But the problem I see here is that too many Americans have forgotten this. Forgotten we the people run this country, not they the government.
Yes, I’m proud of my country. And this is not something that is new to me, like it is for others. I still believe in the American dream and what America has stood for over the years. I believe in the vision that many brave men and women had to build this great nation. And if we are not careful, it’s cowardly people who will tear it apart.
America is not the enemy of the world. In all it’s beatuy from coast to coast and every person who has lived in America, America is one of the helpers of the world. All we want is a much better place for everyone, if they want it. God has blessed this country and we have allow Him to get pushed out of it. I know most Americans want our country to continue to flourish but we have to be ready to stand up and say we are proud of her.
It’s America by Rodney Atkins is the song that inspired this writing and I think it’s time we stand up and say it’s not only America but say, it’s our America. We’re not Democrats, Republicans or Independents. We are Americans. Be proud if you will and allow the following generations be as proud of America as you are. Be blessed everyone!!
I love you all!!