Tuesday, May 10, 2016

It's OK

 It's OK to love your country. It's OK to be a proud American. It's OK to believe in American exceptionalism. The United States of America is a great country. It is a country that has provided more freedom and opportunity for people around the world than any other. It has welcomed people from foreign shores and made them Americans with all the rights and privileges.

It is OK to love the American flag. Many good people have died protecting it. Any American should be allowed to fly it, without question, just because they want to. No person nor any organization should have the power to prevent the display of "Old Glory".

It's OK to stand up and say the Pledge of Allegiance. When we do this, with our hand over our heart, we honor ourselves as much as we honor our country. We say to any that listen and reaffirm to ourselves that we love our country.

It is OK to be white, or brown, or black, or yellow, or red. Our country has a broad palate of colors. We need to stop looking at differences. Most people already have. The fault is with those that revel in those differences. It is more than OK to despise those in public office who try to separate us  by color or ethnicity for their own political agenda.

It is OK to be Christian in America. Despite what you may be told by some, America was founded on Christian values. Honesty, hard work, and tolerance are as important today as they ever were. The country was founded on Christian values but others were made welcome and most soon became part of our great heritage.

It's OK to be conservative in America. Conservatives are not knuckle dragging troglodytes. They are people who value tradition, the Constitution, and the rule of law. They are people who realize that what may seem to be a simple solution is not always the correct solution and may do more harm than good.

It is also OK to fear what are politicians have in mind when you hear our Secretary of State extolling a world without borders. When does that foolish man think that Russia, or China, or North Korea, or Iran are going to erase their borders for an international group hug. Never. Value our Republic. There has never been another like it. If we lose it there will never be it's equal. 

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