TTigerAtty 62M
3769 posts
12/16/2005 6:19 am

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wI frequently notice that there is a tendency to diss the United States of America, either our government, our leaders, our American people or just everything and everybody. We do it as Americans, and people from other countries do it too! I see it, as I am sure you do also, in comments left at postings here in Blogville, in the media and just among my friends and acquaintances. Perhaps you, too, get a little aggravated sometimes when you hear these negative attitudes, the pessimism and the criticism. Do you?

I would simply implore all of us who are Americans to recognize and acknowledge that we live in a country where we are free to express our views and elect the people who will in turn represent us, making the policy decisions and creating the laws that affect our lives. When we disagree with policy or laws we are free to go to the polls and vote for change. So, I say to those who would "curse the darkness" .... hey, go "light a candle"! In this country, we can all make a difference if we care enough to really get involved with important issues rather than just sit on the sidelines and grumble.

And to all of our good friends from many other countries of the world, yes, you can go ahead and criticize America and Americans all you ant. In fact, it's been the popular thing to do since our country was founded back in 1776. But, when you need our assistance and I hope that day will never come for you, your family or your country, and whether that need be economic, military defense or otherwise, we will be there, and we will stand with you to defend against tyranny, terrorism and expansionism, always in the cause of freedom. If, God forbid, a natural disaster should befall your countryland, we will be there with our people, our money, our resources and yes, even our military to help our friends in need. We have always been there for other people, and I believe we always will be!

Many of you, your families, your forefathers and the countries of your birth and citizenship have stood with the United States of America in the defense of freedom, from our revolution, thru the great world wars and now again in Iraq. It was heart warming to see the offers of economic and resource assistance that came from other countries after our recent hurricane disasters. As one greatful American, let me say that I personally appreciate the help and support you have provided.

And now, for my fellow American bloggers, do you remember this highly popular song by Lee Greenwood? Do you remember how you feel every time you hear it sung? Well then, Americans, stand up right there at your computers and sing along!

God Bless the U.S.A.
by Lee Greenwood

If tomorrow all the things were gone Iíd worked for all my life,
And I had to start again with just my children and my wife.
Iíd thank my lucky stars to be living here today,
ĎCause the flag still stands for freedom and they canít take that away.

And Iím proud to be an American where at least I know Iím free.
And I wonít forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And Iíd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
ĎCause there ainít no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.

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 LA,
Well, thereís pride in every American heart,
and itís time to stand and say:

Iím proud to be an American where at least I know Iím free.
And I wonít forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And Iíd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
ĎCause there ainít no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.

OK, Americans! Are you feelin' better now?! And aren't you really 'Proud to be an American'?!


rm_1hotwahine 63F
21091 posts
12/16/2005 10:01 am

First of all, I agree with everything you say, so this comment is in the context of further dialog.

What I find overwhelming right now is trying to get a foothold on HOW to make a difference, on how to 'fix' the things that aren't working in our country. I am critical of us, but I also love us and do not take this citizenship, which I was born into due to sacrifices from two generations ago, for granted. (See Patriotism - Another Facet of the Melting Pot for further explanation).

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

TTigerAtty 62M

12/16/2005 10:52 am

[blog 1hotwahine] ...

Good to hear from you! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you way out there in Hawaii! I'm jealous girl!

I'm overwhelmed too! I try to keep up with the issues as best as I can and that's hard for most of us who still work. It's also hard because it requires us to SEEK OUT alternative sources for news and political discussion of the issues. I listen to several conservative-to-middle-of-the-road radio programs each day and then catch the evening news. If people listen only to mainstream media, they will get programmed along the more anti-establishment, liberal perspectives. No time to read newspapers which I should be doing, but just can't find the time. I try to support candidates as much as I can by answering their surveys and donating a little money. I try to attend local gatherings when a state politician is in town, but that's very hit and miss! In the end, the only thing I have is my singular vote on election day and a limited ability to dialogue with others regarding the important issues.

You're doing something very positive my posting your views and speaking out. I will definitely drop by to reading your posting on 'Patriotism'. I see many others on this site who are quick to jump on whatever seemingly popular band wagon that goes by without doing some critical thinking of their own. We need more involvment by citizens, more critical thinking and less reliance on politicians and main stream media to find out how we should be thinking on the issues.

I'm so proud of the young men and women who are serving in the U.S. military. They are sacrificing and contributing so much without the credit and support they deserve. I'm getting so tired of politicians who are out of power undermining the administration which is in power and undermining our success in the mid-East. We are accomplishing a great deal there but you would never know it because of all the second-guessing and back-biting. It is borderline treasonous what some of these politicians. I really respect Joe Lieberman for going against the grain of his Democratic party and speaking out on his evaluation of the situation in Iraq. We need more courageous leaders like him and fewer politicos (both parties)!

I'm starting to believe that unless you and I and a whole lot more American citizens start getting involved in these issues, we will continue to be lied to and misinformed by the very people we entrust to lead this country in a unified direction. They are so concerned about their own political power and survival that I fear they will stop a no despicable acts to preserve it! I hate politics like I am sure you and many, many others do! But, it seems we have not choice but to get involved!

Whispersoftly5 52F
15176 posts
12/16/2005 5:02 pm

Excellent post - very well written! The post and your comment convey a lot about who and the typ eof man you are (all good!). I also agree with eveything you've said.


TTigerAtty 62M

12/16/2005 7:20 pm

Hi Whisper!

Thanks for your kind remarks! Seems like we're going 'back and forth' more and more!

RailBaron2 54M

12/16/2005 9:56 pm

TTigerAtty- I have a Friend of mine who is right now In Iraq- He is
a Soldier Spending Christmas away from Home to get a country back on its feet to FINISH a job. He Gave me a message- "To Those who support us & Those who do not- To those who support us - THANK YOU! To those who do not- IF YOU LIVE IN AMERICA & YOU DIDN"T GET OFF YOUR LAZY ASS & VOTE- QUIT YOUR BITCHIN- IF YOU DO NOT LIKE IT IN AMERICA Then use the freedom you have to leave & go back to YOUR own Country Where youi came from & Speak out against it - One of 2 things will happen - You'll either change Your Country, Or Get Shot- Either way you won't have anything to Bitch about" A.G. THANK YOU TTigerAtty for Your Post Jim

rm_1hotwahine 63F
21091 posts
12/17/2005 2:03 am

I guess what concerns me is that I'm not so sure the two-party system still works. By the time it gets to a national level, we vote for the party, not really the person. Yet I can come up with no better alternative.

As far as the military goes...I think that the fact that, in my teens, I had people that I cared about who fighting a war that I questioned, helped me to separate how I feel about a politic decision from how I feel about those who serve to protect us. That was a poorly constructed sentence but I hope it made sense.

This is good. You're keeping my brain engaged.

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

TTigerAtty 62M

12/17/2005 4:55 am

RailBaron2 - Thanks for stopping by, Jim! God bless your friend. Let's pray that he will come home soon and not be wounded or injured. Let's also pray that when he and others do come home they will receive well-deserved praise and honor of a grateful nation. Great message from him! You ought to do a post on that subject! Coming from an American who is there in Iraq serving in the military, it would be much more powerful than anything those of use who are safe in the USA might say on the subject! Merry Christmas and Happy New year!

[blog 1hotwahine] - Nice to see you again! We share the same concerns about the two-party system. It doesn't seem like the political parties and their leaders were always quite this polarized and strident. Maybe I was naive when I was younger, but I felt we actually had some American statesmen and patriots for our elected officials ... in both parties. Now, it seems they are driven by power, greed and personal aggrandizement! I think it is important to elect men and women of character into positions of leadership. I lean to the conservative side. I voted for President Bush, but because of his inexperience at the national level at that time, I had some concerns when I did. But I have supported him, because I really do believe he wants to do the best thing for the country. I felt that he brought in a competent and experienced team for his administration. I was proud of him as our leader after 911, and it appears he has grown a lot during his time in office. I despise some on the far left like Howard Dean, Chuck Shumer, Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy and yes even a couple mis-guided Republicans, most notably Arlan Spector of PA who are working against their own self-serving agendas and not what is in the best interest of this country. They are so hypocritical and self-serving, they back away from their support of our actions in Iraq when they think it expedient to do so even though they originally voted to authorize these same actions! Politicians who do this, at least when they do it so stridently and openly as to actually undermine what we're trying to get done in Iraq, ought to be brought up on charges of treason. I'm sorry for going on so long, dear! We seem to always get fired up on these kind of issues, now don't we! I understand what you're saying about separating our support for the men and women in uniform AND THEIR MISSION from our personal opinions about policy. When we send them off to fight a war, then we have to UNITE behind them. And our so-called leaders should model this instead of criticizing the very policy they originally voted to support. I respect Joe Lieberman (Dem) for going against the leadership of his party and speaking the truth! The others are gutless politicians when they behave this way and they do not deserve respect (or reelection) in their positions of leadership! It's all in our hands as voters! We have to elect people of character and honesty. People who deserve these positions of leadership! Enough of this crap! Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah or whatever is appropriate in your case, Wahine, and Happy New Year too! I envy you being in Hawaii! Dropped to the 20s in Missouri last night! I like a week or two of snow around Christmas, but mostly I'm a spring/summer/fall person!

silkysmoothlegs3 105F

12/17/2005 7:23 am

Lovely blogg
Glad your proud to be american
Im proud to be Irish
silky x

TTigerAtty 62M

12/17/2005 8:28 am

[blog silkysmoothlegs] - Good to see you again, Silky! National pride is a good thing! You should be very proud to be Irish! In the USA, we all claim to be Irish on St. Patty's Day! Rather than running other countries and other people down, we should celebrate their heritage and learn more about them! There is plenty of room for everyone to have pride in his/her country! BTW, I like your photo, Silky!

rm_1hotwahine 63F
21091 posts
12/17/2005 8:09 pm

Yikes, major gap alert! It appears we are on opposite ends of the political canyon! (Just wanted to be honest about it) Nevertheless, I enjoy discussions like this with people who have a different perspective from myself. Keeps me sharp and not content with wallowing in platitudes! Will be back for more...

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

TTigerAtty 62M

12/18/2005 12:02 am

[blog 1hotwahine] - Suspected that with Hawaii being a blue state. No matter, we are, after all brothers and sisters! We are Americans first ... Political party affiliations are secondary. Right? Can we agree on that basic premise? If we can back up far enough and examine what we believe in, we'll find we don't really have that many differences as Americans. It's the damn politicians who seek to divide and separate us. Both sides have idealogues and politicos. We need strong leaders and honorable men and women on both sides of the aisle. I just see too many playing politics, dividing our country when we should be uniting against our common enemies. Note that I did commend Sen. Joe Lieberman (D) for his honesty and outspokenness. He's a good man. I respect him. Many others are looking to divide this country in order to regain power. I cannot respect Howard Dean, John Kerry, Nancy Polosi, Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy, Chuck Schumer, Dennis Kosinich, and other strident members of Democratic party. Sorry, that's just the way I see it! If you disagree, that's fine! Convince me where I'm wrong. I'm open to considering the counter arguments. The important thing is that we keep talking and don't let the politicians drive us apart!

TTigerAtty 62M

12/18/2005 12:13 am

[blog mzhunyhole] - Always good to have you over, MzHuny! You're a breath of fresh air! Glad Lee Greenwood's song made you feel good! We all feel good when we hear that song, whether we be Republican, Democrat or Independent. And that's what we must remember. We have to be wary of self-serving politicians who seek to divide us one against the other, brother against brother, sister against sister and sister against brother.

[blog hbgirl1] - All the way from Huntington Beach, CA! Happy to welcome you to Missouri. It's a great song! I got to see Lee Greenwood sing it up close and personal at a show in Las Vegas the same year the song had been released! You talk about chills down your back? The whole room stood and sang along!

rm_1hotwahine 63F
21091 posts
12/18/2005 9:37 am

I'm with you on a few of those - Dean makes me roll my eyes and Kerry, well, in general he's ok, but certainly wasn't my first choice. I respect Kosinich (I'm spelling it wrong) but is TOO far to the left. The ones that you named early that I really do like are Hillary Clinton and Arlen Specter. Regarding Specter - I have respect for anyone who steps beyond the pack, regardless of which side. The last Democrat that I felt was 'qualified' to be President was Al Gore, and I really wanted that to happen.

What is your take on John McCain?

It's not so much that I want to convince anyone to think like I do, as we all have our unique perspectives. What I like about the dialog is that it opens the door to the kind of compromise that is good and can lead to win-win situations.

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

TTigerAtty 62M

12/18/2005 12:44 pm

[blog 1hotwahine] - I really just hope we get a choice between two capable candidates in the next Presidential election. We have too many critical issues to deal with, and we need to get on with resolving them. I'm taking a wait and see attitude on the people who may be lining up to make a run for the Presidency from both sides of the aisle. Wanna see how they do 'under fire'! I hope that whoever wins the 2008 election, they win by a convincing margin and receive a clear mandate from the electorate. I appreciate your continuing the dialogue with me. Politics is interesting, it's important and we shouldn't cower from discussing issues openly. Many though will avoid it like the plague! If I ever get a little bit over the top, just call me on it! I appreciate being able to talk this stuff with you!

micahbiguns 51M

12/18/2005 5:11 pm

I am very proud to be an American. My 19 year old son just came back from Iraq. I sent him off as a boy and he returned a man. He tells me of events happening there that are not reported in the news. It is a shame at how much some people hate the country they live in. I for one shout GOD BLESS AMERICA And urge all people to support our men and women in uniform. * steps off soap box*

silkysmoothlegs3 105F

12/18/2005 5:29 pm

your welcome to like it babes
silky xxxxxxxxxxx

TTigerAtty 62M

12/18/2005 7:02 pm

silkysmoothlegs3 - Silky, welcome back to America! I've been visiting you and you've been visiting me. I guess we're getting to be friends! I like your blog and I like you, Silky. Proud to have an Irish friend!

micahbiguns - You have every right to be proud of your brave young son! Those guys do us all proud! There is nothing at all wrong with this generation of young people! I agree, regardless of party affiliation or position with respect to our foreign policy, we have a sacred duty and obligation to support our young men and women who wear the uniform! Welcome to Cape Girardeau!

rm_1hotwahine 63F
21091 posts
12/19/2005 10:57 am

ditto. being able to reasonably debate politics online is great - and toss in the 'attractive man' factor and it becomes even more interesting!

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

TTigerAtty 62M

12/20/2005 12:53 am

[blog 1hotwahine] - Are we flirting or talking politics here? I'd much prefer to flirt! Seems like I am always getting attracted to the ladies who are half-way round the world! Here I go again! Hawaii .... sigh! I think both Republicans and Democrats flirt! What is your take on that?

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