To hear it from some people, you’d think that America was a terrible place with a terrible history with few redeeming qualities. Some of their points are valid, but they do not give a balanced perspective on our nation. Our Founding Fathers were men of wisdom and courage who sacrificed much and were prepared to give, even more, even their lives if necessary for us to gain our independence.
This week, I talk about how the government undermined their own efforts to make people wear masks to slow the spread of COVID-19. Despite all the claims to the contrary, there are good reasons to love the U.S.A.
From freeing black Americans from slavery to freeing other nations from tyranny and oppression, America has always taken a lead role. We make and do cool stuff, like build the Panama Canal and send cars into space. We help the less fortunate in our own county and across the globe. Even when it comes to countries that we don't exactly see eye-to-eye with politically, we offer them help in their time of need. In short, there is an awful lot to be proud of if you're an American.
This year, more than most, people who love America, especially in some parts of the country hit by strife, need to know that they are not alone. They need to know that we who love our country outnumber the mob who with do destroy it. They need to know that regardless of race, ancestry, or religion that we are all one country, one American people.
It's Thanksgiving time and the winter holidays are coming soon. It's a time to be with friends and family and reflect on the things in our lives we have to be thankful for. At the same time, America is a nation deeply divided. It's little wonder then that we don't all agree on some things that we as a nation should have a sense of gratitude for.