Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Proud to Be An American

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I know. It's not the Fourth of July. But do we really need a special day to celebrate our country? I hope not.

The first time I heard the song "God Bless The USA", I was little. Maybe seven? Eight? I don't know how old I was, but I remember hearing it one Fourth of July and getting chills. Every time I hear the song I get chills. Maybe it has something to do with the whole Cultural Honor thing, but I've always had this deep-seated passion for my country.

When I heard the song as a little girl, I remember feeling this fierce, burning love for where I live, where I come from, and how we got here. If I had to pick three things that I value above all else (excluding God), I would choose Freedom, Justice, and Truth--all things that America is built firmly on.

I respect and love my country so much. It's extremely difficult for me to put into words the feelings I have. America is all about Freedom and Justice. The Freedom to make your own choices, and the Justice to keep you from making stupid ones. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else in the world.

We Americans fought hard for our freedom. We were patient, but eventually could not take the injustice anymore, and we set out to make our own land, the way we saw fit. People died so that we could be free.

Freedom is such a wonderful, beautiful, precious gift. The Freedom to say what you think, the Freedom to go where you want, the Freedom to talk to whomever you want, the Freedom to question your government, the Freedom to choose your government.

We get to VOTE. Do not take that for granted. One of the things that makes me frustrated and disappointed like nothing else is when people do not vote. Your ancestors fought and died to give you this freedom, and you're just ignoring it? Throwing it away? Way to slap our founding fathers in the face.

Anyway. Tangent XD

I don't know why, but for some reason I just really wanted to share with you guys how much my country and my freedom mean to me. I would love to have the opportunity to serve my country. I plan to. Not in the military (although it's possible that God will call me to do that), but in the courts. As a lawyer, serving Justice.

I really, really, REALLY can't stand injustice.

Sorry. Another tangent.

Before I leave you with these deep, patriotic thought (XD), I'd like to print the lyrics to "God Bless The USA", and leave to the song. The song that started it all :) The song that gave me chills when I was little, and made my little heart swell with pride to be an American. I've tried to voice my feelings in this post, but the song says it all perfectly.

I, Kendra Logan, am proud to be an American.

God Bless The USA by Lee Greenwood

If tomorrow all the things were gone,
I’d worked for all my life.
And I had to start again,
with just my children and my wife.

I’d thank my lucky stars,
to be livin here today.
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom,
and they can’t take that away.

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

From the lakes of Minnesota,
to the hills of Tennessee.
Across the plains of Texas,
From sea to shining sea.

From Detroit down to Houston,
and New York to L.A.
Well there's pride in every American heart,
and its time we stand and say.

That I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

And I’m proud to be and American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

~Kendra

9 comments:

Milli said...

Great post!

Cavender James said...

I don't really respect our country as much as I used to. And I don't mean it as "OMG I HAET OBAMA HES RUININ R CUNTREE!!!"

Our country is waaaay too corrupt, and after researching, I've found that a lot of these conspiracy "theories" about companies hurting the public for profit are true.

-_-

The Irregular Girl said...

One thing that I have noticed about the American Revolution, is that not all of what they were fighting for is justified. For one thing, as portrayed in Octavian Nothing (written by M. T. Anderson)the Patriots favored slavery. I agree that freedom from a king and unjust taxes is a good thing; but slavery? The English actually offered slaves freedom if they fought on their side; but whether they would have upheld that is open for debate.
Obama. He's a good president. The general idea is that people trust Obama more than they trust his policies, which, in fact, is true of my opinions. But Republicans and Democrats are holding up reform of the economy and of the healthcare system, so it's not just Republicans.
America is a beautiful country, no doubt about it. It has amazing geological formations and amazing wildlife that should be preserved and protected.

Izori said...

Amen, Kendra!

(The Irregular Girl: Obama isn't a good president if he can't keep his word)

Tragedy101 said...

Ok... You define justice as what keeps you from making stupid choices.

You say you hate injustice. Is that what causes you to make stupid choices? Or anything that doesn't prevent you from making stupid choices (like God, for instance)?

In other words: I don't think that is a good definition of justice.

Sarah said...

I'm PROUD to be Canadian :)

It's actually uncommon up here to be very proud of Canada.. a lot of people don't feel like it's good at anything. The Olympics are helping everything, but you get comments that just prove people don't like our country :(

But I LOVE it :)

kanishk said...

I've found that a lot of these conspiracy "theories" about companies hurting the public for profit are true.


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The Irregular Girl said...

Yeah, I know that Obama isn't doing everything that he said he would. But he IS accomplishing some thing, even thought healthcare's still stuck in Congress.

Merriette said...

Wow, Kendra, I could quote this whole thing and say that I wrote it because I so agree with everything you said (except that I have no intentions of being a lawyer). Thank you for writing this.
I actually heard God Bless the USA for the first time last summer (don't ask, I have no idea how I had never heard it before), and it moves me to tears every time I listen to it or see the words. In a time when our top politicians are ashamed of our country, when so many citizens are anti-American, it was (and is) so encouraging to sing a song that reminds me of why I love my country.
I really love everything you said in this post--it's so true of me.