I was reading an online newspaper and happened upon this statement from an Obama supporter: "If Obama wins the election, I will then be proud to be an American."
This statement amazed me. You see, I've never considered that my pride in being a citizen of this Country had anything to do with who sat in the Oval office. If that were true, I would very possibly be proud only every four to eight years.
The good, or bad, that Mr.Obama will do is yet to be seen. It could take years to see if he will actually follow through on what he has said he will do.
But our Ancestors have already stood the test. They courageously took a trip across treacherous seas to come to a new land. A land that promised freedoms that they hoped and dreamed of. Freedoms that cost many hardships and loss of lives.
And what of the many, many soldiers who have given their lives in so many battles throughout history? I would say that they have certainly stood the test.
How could I attach to one man my feeling towards my Country, when many men and women have bravely paved the way for the life that I am allowed to live here?
Does everything about America made me feel proud? No, certainly not.
When I see a picture of our American flag lying on the ground engulfed in flames as an expression of free speech... my heart is saddened.
When I hear of kindergarten children being asked to fill out cards provided by their school teacher in support of freedom of sexual choice... I am deeply disturbed.
And when I think of that most innocent of creatures, an unborn human being, being sucked into a sink, because of someones desire to selfishly be "free" of the responsibility... I wonder if some of those among us can even have a conscience.
But I still believe America is the greatest country in the world.
And for those whose pride is tied to one man or ideal: I hope that you will one day understand what true pride in being an American is and should be.
Because until you do, you will never truly be able to appreciate or be grateful to those who have given you that privilege.