I consider myself a patriot. I love my country. I’m proud to be an American. I’ve been studying the the first century of our nation. I believe that we continue to become a better, more civilized country and what makes it great is the background and cultures of her citizens.
With what has been going on at the border, I know that we will eventually handle the situation as the leaders in humanity that we are.
As I’ve been studying I’ve reflected on the last few years and it feels that we have stepped backwards. I’m of a generation that seemed apart from racial awareness, though we did have a repertoire of Pollack jokes, we didn’t think less of any culture or race or religion. I was young when Rodney King happened and I think that was the first discussion we had in school of racism as a current event.
Nine-eleven brought with it some high tensions. I’ve wondered if when some US citizens turned on others, like the idiot that shot the sheikh at the convenient store here in Arizona, if that wasn’t one of the hoped outcomes those terrorists had when killing our citizens.
Fear and ignorance has cost our country greatly. My children hear much more about racism and cultural stereotypes than I ever had, though they don’t know any Pollack jokes.
I believe the United States is the greatest country in the world because it can take the best of cultures and religions from around the world and blend them with freedom, tolerance, and love. We are the United States of America.