America, The Beautiful

Back in my youth, Dick Nixon claimed the support of the “Silent Majority,” one of whose slogans was “America, love it or leave it.” This was, of course, bullshit. We could both love it and want to fix what was wrong with it.

We still can.

As a child, I wondered what I had done so right in a former life to be born in America. My mother said what all mothers said when you refuse to eat your greens, “there are children starving in Africa.” And I responded, as all children responded: “So send it to them!” But I knew she was right, that I enjoyed a wonderful life, and here I was, fighting over first-world problems.*

I love this country. I love parades and statues reflecting our history, our Founding Fathers, the Constitution, the people who made this country great. I love it despite all its imperfections, all it still needs to do. America has been very good to me, and for that, I honor it today, Independence Day.

And if you can’t love America because you believe it’s so awful that it can’t be improved, fixed, saved, then why are you here?

*This is where any “moral and decent” person would, at minimum, equivocate, or better yet, self-flagellate for his privilege and beg forgiveness and then go silent.

 

7 thoughts on “America, The Beautiful

  1. Hal

    Is “self flagellate” like “pleasuriizing” yourself?? Asking for a friend.

    Happy 4th of July, Scott. I hope you and yours have a wonderful, social distanced, weekend.

  2. John Barleycorn

    Pro Tip: You dont need a silver julep cup to party like it’s 1776.

    Cheers to the consent of the governed….

  3. cthulhu

    Agree with your well expressed thoughts.

    I read the Declaration of Independence every 4th of July. It and the Bill of Rights are the closest thing that I (an atheist) have to a sacred text. The Founding Fathers weren’t trying for perfection, but as the Constitution says, a more perfect union. Of course there are things that this great country needs to improve on, but that requires civil discourse, not one side telling the other side “I’m right, you’re wrong, so give in or else.” The Woke don’t seem to understand this basic principle though.

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