This forum post is hidden because you have chosen to ignore ammobj. Show Details
This forum post is hidden because you have submitted an abuse report against it. Show Details
This was sent to me last week and it is an excellent message. I didn't have the time to read it thoroughly until now. So even though the July 4 holiday is past, this message is still timely and makes a lot of sense. It may be a little political, but i believe just about everyone would agree with what is said.
July 4, 2009
A few years ago, I was meeting elderly friends for dinner and had arrived early to await them in the restaurant parking lot. As Carlos and his wife arrived, they headed for the last open handicapped space, only to be cut out by another car. Carlos went on to find a space at the back of the lot as I observed the other couple emerge from their souped-up muscle car, sporting a decal which read " It's America, Stupid. Speak English!". The driver was a muscular guy in cut-offs and tank top, head wrapped in an American flag kerchief. Laughing at their parking prowess, the two hung a handicapped card from the mirror and ran into the restaurant. Meanwhile, Cuban-born Carlos, a WW II vet, awarded three Purple Hearts and three Silver Stars, struggled from a distance in his wheelchair. At twenty-two years of age, Carlos' legs were shattered as he saved his entire unit by throwing his body on a live grenade. As a price for their lives, he has spent the rest of his life confined to a wheelchair.
In my Fourth of July reflections this weekend, I remembered this indelible scene. For me, it is the perfect parable of the difference between true and false patriotism.
Amidst the fireworks, barbecues and baseball games of this past weekend, a subtle truth runs like a quiet, life-giving stream: we are profoundly blessed to be Americans. Most of us know and believe that, but sometimes, a few of us take it for granted. This star-spangled time each summer invites us to look more closely at the gift of our citizenship. I give myself a little quiz:
1. Do you vote? (10 points)
2. Do you diligently study candidates' philosophies and voting records? (30 points)
3. Do you disregard party in the interest of ethical, world-conscious leadership? (30 points)
4. Do you consistently study issues and express beliefs to elected officials? (30 points)
When I listen to some political talk shows, it scares me. Some of these pundits have badly confused patriotism with nationalism. Patriotism is always fed by unbiased truth, mutuality and respect. At its heart is freedom --- for everyone. Nationalism breeds states like Nazi Germany in the past century and North Korea in our own. It is fed by unexamined fears, control and abuse. At its heart is domination - over everyone.
We live in a wonderful country where most citizens understand the huge difference between patriotic devotion and nationalistic arrogance. Our young men and women are willing to fight and die for that difference. Our brightest leaders have given their lives for it. We must never cheapen these sacrifices by espousing the false "Americanism" of isolation, domination or conceit. Let's turn off both the Rush Limbaughs AND the Keith Olbermanns. Let's listen to our own hearts where the
essence of freedom beats like a minuteman's drum - where the truth was breathed into us long before we even knew we were Americans: We are ALL created. And we are all created equal.
Understanding that, we can't go wrong.
You may be reading this on Monday. I hope you and your families had a great Fourth.
Blessings of true freedom to all of you,Sister Renee
I agree entirely with the part about the handicapped parking. My son uses a wheelchair and it's just sad some of the things you see.
It's unfortunate she went "political", so to speak. I listen to Rush, but also Keith, and Sean Hannity, and Katie Couric (am i the only one?...LOL) and others. I try to get as much different input from as many places as I can so I can "weed through" all the junk and get to the truth as I see it.
I understand that the left has to bash Rush and try to get the right to disavow him. He is a danger to them (the left). I doubt very many of you who bash him listen much, if any. Try it for a while, check out what is said. Weed through his opinion on things and just concentrate on the information given. Then go to other sources and check it out. Is he wrong about his facts? Rarely. It is one sided? Of course! But so is most of the nightly news! You just have to use many sources and make your own decisions.
It isn't hard if you simply want an America that stands up for itself, believes in liberty and self-reliance, believes that limited government is what the founding fathers intended, and I could go on and on and on....
Rugged Individualism! Stop trying to get Uncle Sam to do it for you...