Why America Is Great.
Posted by jeremiasx on June 4, 2007
I believe that what makes America great is…quite frankly too hard to define in a five hundred word essay…this was a challenge presented to me by a man in a chat room about two minutes ago. He believed that any “liberal thinker” could not possibly write a five hundred word essay about, “Why America Is Great.” My response will take me less than twenty minutes to compose, and forgive me if I tend to ramble:
What makes America great is the fact that we are all allowed to speak our minds about whatever we please…at any time, and in any forum, so long as our speech does not violate any civil prohibitions regarding disturbance of the peace…and even then, the opportunity may be taken so long as it is defended by the First Amendment. I speak regularly to groups of people, small and large, real and online…I speak sometimes when folks would probably rather that I not…but I do it boldly, and I’m unafraid. That is one reason America is great. We only have to be AFRAID if we choose to be. Knowing we are at Liberty to do what we deem best is Freedom at it’s very finest.
The ability for millions of people to live together day by day, each harboring his or her own personal beliefs, however radical or conservative, and that they might live together in the harmony of peace and brotherhood and plenty…that peace which was longed for by generations of men long gone who dreamed of a day when such a world might be possible…that is the collective promise we share.
There is no cause for strife between brothers if one uses their words to cause the mind to consider the most serious issues of our time. Even the good book tells us that we sharpen one another…and great men always seek the advice and counsel of others. Are we so far impressed by the content which is thrust at us in contemporary media to believe that all the great minds and great thoughts out there are exclusive to the realm of professionals?
Of course not, and that’s why we have blogs. Any individual American can sit down and in the space of about twenty minutes put together his thoughts about the world without, hit a button, and publish his mind for the world to appreciate or despise with utter simplicity. Even a monkey can do it. Some do it every day, from what I’ve seen out here in the blogosphere. The freedom of discussion even in cyberspace…makes our country great. Again…that word, Freedom.
We are entitled to live quietly, going about our business and never rocking the boat…we can idly sit by as our country does things we deem personally reprehensible on the most basic spiritual level…OR…we can go into a forum and speak our minds about what we perceive to be the wrongs and injustices of the world without fear of reprisal from our rulers for if it is true that this is a nation of the people, by and for the people…then it must be so. The silence that is pressed down upon a nation under despotic tyranny is an abomination to the very idea of Liberty. Liberty is what makes this country great.
But even beyond all of these…the Freedom to live in the way that we choose…and this is why I can’t stand abbreviated essays, it’s so hard to fit in everything…that is indescribable…a man is the master of his own destiny, and may choose to extend the points of his compass as widely or as narrowly as he wishes, and so long as he is prepared to accept the consequences of throwing the dice…he may.
I’ll have to do another post to really expound on this topic. I love this country. God bless.