Ever since I can remember I have watched the election night coverage. My guy’s chance winning or losing, I watched. If my guy lost I was over it in about a second. Even the first time this goof got elected, but last night I could not watch.
I voted and I was full of “youthful” energy and hope. I am always optimistic and I believed there was a chance. This morning I read the news and I was stunned. I didn’t cry or scream or react in anyway. I was literally numb. As the day went on I bounced all over from anger to despair to worry, but now I am just determined.
I have no idea what this means. I really don’t, but it feels different. I am sad. I am sad for what this country has become. It used to be a place where people were proud of working hard and making their way and now it is cool to be famous for no reason and to get something from someone else’s hard work. People are proud to take from their neighbors.
All I know is that I am an American. I am proud of those that have come before me. Those that have fought and died and those that have fought and lived. I can think of no better way to honor them, to thank them, than to fight.
My love for this country is not dependent on who occupies the White House or how my neighbor votes. I like my life here. I like the ease of electricity and running water. I like all the comforts we have, but for me it’s not just words or rhetoric or fist shaking and I know for most all of you it isn’t either. I have no idea how far my words will be tested, but if I have learned anything over the past 20 months, it is that I know what is with fighting for and what is worth dying for and I have no intention of dying.
The world has always been uncertain with no promise of fame, fortune or happiness. Today for many it feels hopeless, but for me it is anything but. We are founded on the principles of idealism and hope and I intend to honor that ideal and all who fought for it with every ounce of my being.
I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. ~Abraham Lincoln
Patriotism… is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. ~Adlai Stevenson
A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle. ~George William Curtis
There are those, I know, who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American dream. ~Archibald MacLeish
If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace. ~Hamilton Fish
Least we not forget…
America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact – the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality. ~Adlai Stevenson
Men love their country, not because it is great, but because it is their own. Seneca