My post will overlap a bit with: “America: The Land of the Unsung Heroes.” I too associate America at its core with freedom, liberty and oppurtunity. Every person has the chance to make it in America. Hard work and wise choices are rewarded; yes this is not absolute, but it can’t be in a free-market/free-choice society — we allow people to mess up. America strives for a transparent effective court system, which much of the world has not come close to achieving. As much as it may be frustrating to see our politicians constantly arguing, we are so lucky to have the disagreements and competition for office. We are lucky to have free and fair elections available to all. We as Americans can pretty much say and do whatever we want and this is something many (most?) of us take for granted. We don’t have to worry about posting our reaction to the State of the Union Speech on twitter or professing our religious beliefs from Temple’s bell tower (it may be annoying but its allowed).
However it is important for us to recognize that earning and now protecting these rights is not something that comes without sacrifice and a strong sense of grounded patriotism. And lucky for many of us, this is something we have to remind ourselves of! A few nights ago I went to see American Sniper with a friend. The film reminded me of how lucky I am to be an American where so many put their lives on the lines to allow me to go on… almost unaware.
I fear the long term result of what I perceive to be America’s shift to an anti-authority, anti-soldier, anti-policeman (or woman!!!!!!), anti-law, always offended mentality. Here is a quick read written by Lt. Daniel Furseth of the Wisconsin Police Department: