June 30, 2012 10 Comments
Ok we’ve all had the weekend to look for silver linings in Supreme Court decisions, or to cry in our beer about the destruction of our America, or hide under our beds so the boogeyman doesn’t get us, GET OVER IT.
There was a time, and it wasn’t very long ago, when the proudest boast in the world was, “I am an American“. How did that come to be?
It came to be by damned hard work.
- You think it was easy to carve out a foothold on a virgin continent?
- You think those pioneers like Abe Lincoln‘s dad didn’t get tired of cutting the primeval forest down to plant a few lousy acres of corn?
- You think it was easy to walk from St. Louis to Sacramento to try to find gold, or to Oregon to find better farmland?
- You think it was easy to leave your family and friends knowing that you would probably never talk to them again?
It came to be by bravery against all the odds.
- You think it was easy to revolt against the greatest empire in the world with a slogan like “No taxation without representation“?
- You think it was easy to charge into the best defensive line (on high ground) that the “King of Spades” could devise, like the army did at Marye’s Heights?
- You think it was easy to build a railroad through the Sierra Mountains?
- You think the Little Big Horn was fun?
- You think anybody wanted to scale the bluffs at Pointe-du-Hoc
It came to be by taking responsibility for yourself
- America wasn’t built by whining about what your neighbor has. If you want it, go earn it.
- America wasn’t built by playing games, get a job, and take care of yourself.
- America wasn’t built by the EEOC, or affirmative action, or anything else but doing the job better than anybody else.
- America wasn’t built by stealing from your neighbor so you didn’t have to work.
- America wasn’t built by overeducated idiots who were too important to dig a ditch when necessary.
Way back at the beginning they knew the answer:
“If ye shall not work, neither shall ye eat”
It came to be by trusting and believing in God.
This country was God’s gift to mankind, a second chance to get it right, and the leaders to show how to do it.
This country was built by people who were not afraid to speak the truth; who would have spat out PC nonsense with contempt.
It came to be by trusting in honorable men.
This country was built by men (and women) who said what they meant and meant what they said.
There have been two boasts recorded in history.
The first was:
Civis Romanum Sum
the second was:
I am an American.
Both mean the same thing:
I am a free and independent man, don’t mess with me.
This country was built by people who had nothing but the guts to start over, work hard, and love their God. You know, these:
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
America is the chance to succeed, or fail, on your own terms, again and again. The only guarantee is that you’ll get old but, if you’re good enough you have the chance to succeed beyond your wildest imagination. That’s my America.
So if you want that old, self reliant America back, there’s only one thing to do:
Quit yer bellyachin’, and
Saddle up, America, and do it.
- No taxation without representation! (english.pravda.ru)