I was born in 1978, two years after the bicentennial, and I still remembered folks in the 80’s talking about it. The feel and rush of patriotism that seemed to emanate from Americans every second. We had our issues with politics, politicians, and the government, but our country was always the best. It is still the best to me. But, what has happened to the American populace?
I grew up in Texas and we will leave it at that. I am proud of the fact that I am a Texan. I grew up in a diverse, multicultural area that had all walks of life to enrich it. Legal or illegal, black, brown, Jewish, gentile we had a zeal for our great nation. Now, I am in my late 30’s and I have been all across this country. As a Navy man I have been to more countries then I care to count, but that’s the nature of the beast. I have seen front and center the views of 2nd and 3rd world countries as well as their conditions. I got a glimpse of how they view themselves and how they view the United States. Not always were others views of our nation great or tolerated.
Today, as with everyday, I hear young people and misinformed older men and women, speak ill of our great nation. They burn our flag, spit on our military, protest their funerals, and embrace socialism and anarchy. I see so much hate towards Americans by their countryman, who embrace dissention and illegals who want the destruction of our way of life. Why? If you fled a nation of ill-gotten gains and poor attitude, why come to the land of milk and honey to make it as pitiful as the one you left? Most socialists seem to be children of affluent families who think they know the plight of the middle class or poor. If you want socialism, go to Cuba or North Korea, beacons of communist socialism.
I long for the days where everyone stood for the National Anthem. I miss kids reciting the Pledge of Allegiance everyday at the start of the school day. I really miss the days of apple pie, baseball on a beautiful spring day, children obeying their parents, everyone worshipping who they wanted and EVERYONE respecting your thoughts and point of view.
Our patriots aren’t raised like they used to be from birth because everyone is either ashamed, scared, or holding a grudge against this great nation of ours. We are focused on making people see things our way, fighting instead of talking, championing the rights of others when we should heal our own land. I love America. This great nation was bought and paid for in blood, sweat, tears, pain, pride, and love of a great way of life. I will defend to my dying breath the continuing existence of our way of life for future generations. I have seen and known true violence and hate. I am not above being a force of destruction and virtue for my country. I am a true American patriot, are you?