Sharon Hughes
July 4, 2010
Do you LOVE America?
By Sharon Hughes

Do you love America?

I mean do you LOVE America?

If so, why?

Is it because of the personal liberties you enjoy?
Is it because you live in the most free nation on the earth?
Is it because of its roots, its foundations?
Or is it because it is YOUR country?

Whether we live in America or some other country, we should love the country that is ours — because it is ours — because it is made up of the people who are our 'national family.'

Certainly our Founding Fathers understood this. They understood that not living with the freedom of the 'self-evident truth' that the 'certain unalianable rights' given by 'our Creator' provide, was not the best. And so they set out to provide the best form of government they could for their fellow man, for their 'national family.'

The 4th of July is the perfect time to re-recognize that each of us are called to be a part of America's destiny — to work to make it the best nation it can be. Isn't that what we do (or should do) for the company we work for, or own; for our family; for our personal lives?

And we need to not only re-recognize our individual roles of responsibility as American citizens, but to re-commit to the stewardship of caring for (loving) our nation. Sure, just like with our families, we see the flaws, but we also see the potential (or we should), and work for the best outcome.

Just as the immigrant who escaped from Bulgaria encourages us to do on our July 4th Special Weekend broadcast. He profoundly expresses, what immigrants who are grateful to live in America perhaps appreciate most, a perspective we all need to embrace — again.

So celebrate America this weekend with renewed dedication, and a gratitude that understands, as Erma Bombeck, one of America's most popular humorists, once said,

    "You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw frisbees, the potato salad gets 'iffy,' and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten , but it is partriotism."

Happy Birthday! — After all, you are America.

Enjoy this great song on video, "I Am America" by Krista Branch.




© Sharon Hughes

 

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Sharon Hughes

Sharon Hughes is Founder and President of The Center for Changing Worldviews and the host of Changing Worldviews & WOMANTalk radio on KDIA in San Francisco, NPLR and online at Salem Web Network’s Oneplace.com. Her articles appear in many recognized news sites and publications, including FRONTPAGEMAG. She also blogs for NewsBusters.org, a division of The Media Research Center, and has appeared on FOX News and other national radio programs.

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