God bless America, land that I loveIrving Berlin
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with the light from above.
I think I have mentioned before, but if not let me repeat. I am the granddaughter of an Army officer and a Naval officer. The daughter and niece of Naval aviators. The wife and sister-in-law of Naval aviators. We have friends who are in the Marines, Army, Navy and Coast Guard. We have lost friends who have given their life in service of our country. My blood runs red and blue and I’m pretty pale so one can safely say I am literally red-white-and-blue. I was raised to love this country.
Recently, this country is going through a very difficult time. We have a president in the White House that a lot of people don’t like or respect. This flu-like disease in China became a worldwide pandemic. We have watched our cities burn and be destroyed. A lot of us were and still are scared. Then there are those of us who want to live outside our homes again. To see our community and be around those we love. Some watched over 8 painful minutes as a man died needlessly at the knee of someone who had sworn to protect us. So what do we do? What do we, as a nation, do at this time?
A beautiful thing about America, which is something that I think is getting lost in all this constant talk about Trump and the pandemic and Black Lives Matter and police brutality, is that we enjoy freedoms that would get people in other countries imprisoned or killed. We enjoy these freedoms because 244 years ago a bunch of revolutionary men got together and wrote The Declaration of Independence. They followed 13 years later with the United States Constitution, which in my opinion is the most awesome piece of legislation. It’s awesome because it allows for change. The Founding Fathers were absolutely brilliant in their hope and foresight. Their hope that this nation they created would still be around for years, decades, millennium to come. That this new nation would become great and prosperous and become more than they could hope to imagine. And their foresight to realize that if the United States did endure it would not be the same country as 1789. They expected Amendments and changes and put mechanisms in there to allow for the time when there needed to be change.
We are in a time when we are trying as a nation to decide if we still want that America. I do not believe that everyone in Washington wants that America. I think there are people in DC that do not put America first. They put themselves and their craving for power ahead of America. And they are preying on insecurities and fear to keep their power. That is something that scares me.
It saddens me that I have an American friend who lives outside this country that does not want to come back. It saddens me that any son or daughter has to worry about being treated differently because of the color of their skin. It saddens me that this place that I truly love so much is in such turmoil right now and that the people we have elected to DC are not doing their jobs. If they were my children I would put them in a time out. Step back, take a breather, stop blaming each other about the mess and just work together to get it cleaned up.
My whole life I have been surrounded by veterans. I have been surrounded by men and women who put their life on the line for this country. For every color, creed, language and origin of people in this country. My grandfather didn’t say he would only go fly in WWII if it was a country of whites. My dad didn’t fly over the Middle East for only the men of America. My husband didn’t deploy for 10 months to only protect Christians in America.
So, confession, I listen to talk radio. A lot. Yesterday, I kid you not, Karen called in. She was so sincere in her call that I found myself getting a little choked up with Karen. She told the host about finding her late fathers birth certificate. Karen was brought to tears because under “ethnicity” it said “American”. Think about the last time you filled out a doctors form, or insurance form, or any questionnaire. Is there even a box to check under ethnicity that says “American” anymore?
I hope one day in the not-to-distant future we can look back on 2020 and say it was a DOOZY. I hope the number of people who love America outweighs the number of people who do not. I hope one day we can all check a box that simply says “American”.