I Believe in America

by

Marc Lockard

mlockard@lockardandwhite.com

http://marcuslockardonline.blogspot.com/

I have friends who say every day, “Man, if Obama is re-elected, America as we know it will be gone forever!”  I generally reply, “Well, it will be a lot more challenging for a few more years, but America will survive!”  Why do I believe so strongly in America?  It is quite simply a fact that no matter what the favorite spin of the day is from the Integrity Free Media, America is the GREATEST COUNTRY in the WORLD! 


The reality is that people are flocking to this country every day, not because of our welfare programs, but because of the freedoms we have (and that many of us take for granted) in the United States that simply DO NOT EXIST anywhere else in the World.   


I believe President George W. Bush most eloquently stated this shortly after terrorists attacked America on September 11, 2001 when he said,  “America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining.”


I am fortunate to work with a gentleman, Andre Van Wyck, who legally immigrated to this country about ten years ago from South Africa.  He is a brilliant engineer and we were lucky to hire him about 2 years after he arrived in America.  He left South Africa with his wife and children to come to America because of the opportunities and freedoms in America.  While he isn’t happy with what is currently going on in American politics, he will tell you that America, at its worst, is a million times better than anywhere else.  In fact it makes him very frustrated and even angry when he hears Americans taking our freedoms and opportunities for granted and complaining about life in America.  What Andre and his family love about America are our freedoms; to freely and openly express our opinion, the ability to travel with no restriction, to worship as we see fit without persecution, to choose where we live and what we do for a living, and the opportunity to succeed or fail based solely on our own efforts. 


Sure we currently have challenges.  And, despite everything our current congressional and Presidential leadership is doing, America’s economy is beginning to recover from a very serious recession, the worst in my lifetime.  Our recovery is stymied by a complete lack of leadership in Washington.  The politicians that “We the People” have elected are, in my opinion, our worst mistake in the last 40 + years.  But the beauty of America is that every two to four years, “We the People” get a chance to correct our mistakes and every two, four or eight years America makes a peaceful transition of power.


As frustrating, and in some cases damaging, as everything that is currently happening is, I encourage you to keep what is going on in the proper perspective.  Think about what your parents, grandparents, and great grandparents went through in their generations.  While what we are currently going through in America is painful I am absolutely confident this too shall pass and that America will recover!


Why do I believe this? Because I believe in America! While what we have experienced since 2007 when the Democrats took control of the Congress, and then the Presidency in 2008, is both challenging and frightening to many, America has been through more difficult times, survived, recovered and prospered.   


Compare our current difficulties to those America experienced in the 1860’s when the American Civil War tore the country apart.  This was the bloodiest war in our history; more Americans died in this war than any other conflict since.  America was literally ripped apart.  But America survived and became stronger and better for having that experience.


Compare our current difficulties with what our parents, grandparents and great grandparents experienced during World War I, the 1929 stock market crash and the Great Depression of the 1930’s , World War II, the Korean War, the race related riots and civil unrest of the 1960’s , the peace and free love generation of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, the Vietnam War, the American traitor bitch Jane Fonda,  the Jimmy Carter administration and the lies of the Clinton years. 


Keep the faith; all is not lost and America will endure even if we somehow repeat our 2008 mistake!  As the former Miami Dolphins’ Head Coach Don Shula said, “Failure is rarely fatal, and success is never permanent!” 


However, all of us must participate in our own and America’s recovery.  To participate we must not just sit on the sidelines bitching and moaning.  We must get in the game! You can get in the game in many ways;start by voting November 6!  Take charge of your own life and your own fate.  Don’t sit around waiting for someone else to make your life better, especially the government!  My experience has been that when individuals work as hard as they can for what they believe in, do the best that they can to take care of themselves, their families and their country, that things will almost always work out as they should. 


As Winston Churchill said to the folks of England during World War II,


“Stay calm and carry on!”

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