In the last ten years patriotism has come with some, dare I say, fascist connotations. During the Bush Presidency, you could not speak out against the administration without fear of being called a traitor. It was a perfect storm of a disputed presidency, 911, and a war. It was not necessarily all rooted in negativity. After Vietnam, and the shame of how we treated our soldiers, no one wanted to make that mistake again. Our desire to support those risking their lives in the service of our country was absolutely a noble cause.
Now it seems to be OK again to attack our president. Maybe that is not such a bad thing. Our president is an earmark to American progress. The world watched us make an incredible decision to elect a man who had common ground with our enemies. Perhaps it was trivial common ground, a similar name, and an education in the largest Muslim country in the world, but we did it. How extraordinary! Now, we are freer to express ourselves.
In Washington DC, there have been recent marches with disputed numbers, but that is not he point. What is the point is that Americans will step out of their comfort zone, spend money they probably do not have, and go to our Nation’s capital to be heard. They go, not for personal gain, it is not a cost effective endeavor for the average American, they go because they want our country to go a certain way, because they care.
This is our common ground. Right now we are all concerned for our county’s future. This is where America begins to heal. We have overcome adversity time and time again and come out better for it. Yes, we all have our agendas. However, if our first priority is not our country, our efforts are destined to fail.
We are the Untied States of America, a beacon of light in a world full of suffering. Let us return to our better selves. America has been called the greatest country in the world for generations. Countless numbers have died in the attempt to reach our golden shores. We can no longer to continue to attack each other for our differences. Some would even say it is what certain powers that be would want us to do. We must unite to be strong because, united we stand, divided we fall.