My America defeated European Imperialism, fascism, nazism and Japanese imperialism; then rebuilt the economies of Europe and Asia, including those of her enemies, following a terrible war that my America largely financed, and finished.
My America built the strongest, richest, most creative society in the modern world; established principles of social justice emulated in many countries. And while my America has not always been noble, she has always been proud. And responsible.
They tell me my America is dying. She cannot afford to look after her people. She cannot afford to educate her children. She cannot afford to care for the soldiers who carried her in their hearts to the battlefields of the world and sacrificed lives, limbs, families and finances for her honor. They say my America can no longer afford social justice; can no longer afford to be a great nation.
I know better. You know better. The world knows better.
150 years ago, my America was a house divided. The world looked to her to fail. But she prevailed. If my America fails it will be from an enemy within that usurps the ideal of the equality and value of humankind.
70 years ago, my America was where she is now––brought low by greed and arrogance. Those who most benefited from her forsook her. They raped and pillaged her promise, forgot her common people. But my America shouldered the burden of caring for her people and created a new society that reached out to all. She grew and prospered. She entered a second great world war that threatened to end the good in the world. And she won. Again.
After that war, she took on another enemy of liberty, an enemy called communist tyranny. An enemy behind an iron curtain symbolized by a great wall that divided Germany. My America brought down that wall. She had built a culture and an ideal like none before. And everyone wanted some part of it.
My America is a place where commerce, individualism, liberty, social justice and creativity have always fought through adversity to thrive. And nothing has changed but the minds and attitudes of the few who control my America today. Today the usurpers have returned.
They tell us our America can not care for her poor, her hungry, her huddled masses. They tell us our America cannot provide the Medical care and social security we have paid for so dearly over decades.
They tell us we cannot protect the homes or the property we own from usury and cynical manipulation of our freedoms.
This is true only because they have made it so. And we let them. The people we have elected, the corporations we have enriched, those we have given our sacred trust, our lives, the sweat of our brows, the fruit of our loins, the power of our minds; they have forsaken us. Forsaken our land and our future. And by distracting us from real issues, they convinced us to allow it.
I want my America back. The one that overcame everything, that built the truly great nation that struggled to become worthy of valor and belief. The one they tell us has failed.
Today, my America is fighting for her life and continued existence. An existence my Father, a pilot and a member of the “greatest generation” volunteered his life to help prevail. It saddens me to be part of the generation that will abandon and disassemble the greatest experiment in freedom in the history of the world. It saddens me to watch my America fail to educate her children and fulfill her promises to her people and the world. I have real trouble understanding how my America has come to this place. And then I look at those who lead us. And how they deceive us.
Why are we here? Thomas Jefferson said, “Experience has shewn that even under the best forms of government, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” So, here we are.
Will we regain our American birthright? In my America we must. It starts when we stand together, no matter how they try to separate us. My America–and yours–requires that we prevail.
We are under assault in every governing body. Will you resist?