We live in the land of the free because of the brave.
Is there a greater country to inspire patriotism? America rose from oppression with the guidance of her Founding Fathers, and she embarked on a mission of democracy. The American dream was born. No matter where you come from, with hard work you can achieve.
Although sometimes I question how far we have come from original intent, I will always believe in America. With the right leadership in the next election, we can get back on the original path where opportunities are equal but reward is based on effort. We can return to a smaller federal government with more right to govern given to each state, more individual rights returned to each person. We can respect and utilize our military once more.
Even without the recognition they deserve, over the past few years men and women have continued to make the ultimate sacrifice for this country. Countless lives have been laid down so I can sit and have a cup of coffee while writing this blog post. I thank each and every person who gave without question to preserve the America they believed in, and I thank the families of these individuals. Without your loved ones’ sacrifices, we would not have our freedom.
I will pray for an America whose leader thanks the men and women in service. In the meantime, I am grateful they continue to do such an under-appreciated job, and I’m grateful they do it so well. God bless America, and God bless our troops.