When did patriotism become a bad word? I remember when the World Trade Center was attacked in 2001. I was a freshman in college and I remember watching the news footage that morning being absolutely petrified. The days following this horrific event showed American’s coming together in a way they had never come together before. We were proud to be American’s in 2001 and we allowed our pride to bring us together to support one another during that terrible time. The American Flag was flown from every porch, building and many cars as it was a reminder of how great our nation was and it gave us all hope for the future.
I am still proud to be an American and I believe that we live in one of the greatest countries in the world. Yet in 2019 a statement like this is often met with criticism and hatred. Somehow being a proud American now holds a negative connotation. The American Flag no longer represents purity, valor, or justice instead people now believe that it represents racism and division. The Pledge of Allegiance is also under attack for being divisive and is no longer being recited in many schools and government institutions. This past 4th of July I saw numerous Facebook post from friends and family members stating that they couldn’t celebrate the holiday because there were people in this country who didn’t have freedom.
People seem to forget that if you are an AMERICAN CITIZEN that you do have freedoms. Freedoms that are not available in many other countries. Instead people want to focus on the fact that we have men, women and children being detained at our southern border because they want to live in our country. The problem is that these individuals are making a CHOICE to cross our border illegally. They are not being detained because they are a certain demographic. They are being detained because they are breaking the law. I understand that some of these individuals are coming here to reunite with family or to seek safety but it doesn’t change the fact that they are doing so illegally. They are endangering their children and themselves by making the difficult trek through rough terrain and through dangerous territory.
I am not a heartless individual and my heart breaks for the children involved in this horrible situation. We have a real crisis on our southern border and Congress has been turning a blind eye to this for far too long. Now many politicians want to use this situation to push a political agenda one that is turning American’s against one another. There has been a lot of finger pointing and blame but no action to correct the situation. We need to discourage illegal border crossing and figure out a way to overhaul our immigration system. If our elected officials spent a little time working on this problem rather than playing blame game they could fix this situation.
The American Flag is not divisive or racist it is our liberal politicians pushing this mindset creating an illusion of division. These politicians are more concerned with the welfare of those illegally entering our country than they are with true American citizens. American’s need to start thinking for themselves and remembering what it means to be an American. In the United States of America we can have differences of opinions but at the end of the day the very fact that we are American should bring us together. Abraham Lincoln warned us that a house divided would fall and it seems that this is what many politicians want to happen. Why? So they can gain control and strip us of the very freedoms we take for granted.
Regardless of your thoughts or feelings on illegal immigration or any other issue it shouldn’t change how you feel about your country. I will continue to be a proud American and I will continue to raise my children to have respect for their country. Patriotism is not a bad word it simply means that you support your country. Shouldn’t you support the country you live in?