Reflections on America’s Greatness

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On the 4th of July I took time to reflect on the greatness of our country, the United States of America.

Some of you may dismiss my comments as the rant of an 87-year-old Irishman. However, I feel strongly that too many “ill-informed” people are complaining about America. Why? I don’t know. This country gives opportunity for all Americans.

This is the land that turns dreams into reality!!

If people believe in themselves and their opportunities, they can achieve greatness. America is replete with one story after another of people who started with little, only to become millionaires. They achieved success through their personal grit and determination, and in spite of the road blocks they encountered. My dear friend and employer, Ewing Kauffman, is but one example.

I live in Kansas City, MO near where the Oregon Trail originated. You don’t have to drive far to see the ruts of the wagon trains heading west…a 2,000-mile journey that took four months. Thousands of brave, hardy souls made this journey to a land they had never seen because they believed in the American dream and the promise of a new life.

How many Americans today would embark on that journey?

Our Future Leaders

Millions of families save their money to send their children to college or technical schools, hoping their knowledge will be expanded and their career opportunities improved. I interact with college students all the time, and I am impressed and encouraged by their desire to succeed.

Unfortunately, too often the media overlooks these positive role models and instead focuses on uninformed young people…holding misspelled signs. Let’s encourage the media to shine more of the spotlight on our future leaders.

The Press

America is becoming the country of negative news. Biased, opinion journalism is replacing strong, factual reporting. As a result, newspaper sales and TV viewership are down. Alternative media of various persuasions is now the only source of news for many Americans. Is this a better source of news than we had before? I don’t believe so.

Capitalism vs. Socialism

Socialism does not work!!!

Taking from the rich to share with the poor has been tried in many countries. Noble in theory, but there aren’t enough “rich” people to pay for their crazy schemes.

Free college. Free health care. Free. Free. Free!

Our schools need to do a better job teaching the reasons for, and benefits of capitalism; how it works to everyone’s benefits.

Racism

I don’t believe we are a country of racists. Opposing sides of differing issues are too quick to accuse one another of being racist when their other arguments fail. That’s a cheap shot. As a result, many people are reluctant to speak out, knowing others are ready to accuse them of racist motives.

Critics of America

Too many Americans, including Members of Congress, athletes and entertainers attack our country and what it stands for.  Yet, they enjoy the benefits of the greatest country on Earth.

Summary

I am very proud to be an American!!!  (I love that song.) I believe in our country and the endless opportunities it offers. So do the majority of Americans.

I urge you to speak out. Let your voice be heard. Make sure Congress knows how you feel.

On the 4th of July, and every day, we are blessed to live in a great country. Let’s keep it that way.

God Bless America!!