There use to be a time when Americans were so united. They didn’t resemble one another even if you painted them! They spoke all the languages in the world and formed an astonishing mixture of civilizations. Some of them were from nearly extinct civilizations, others were incompatible with one another, and in matters of religion, not even God could count how many their were.
Yet, millions of American’s placed their hand on their hearts, and said the Pledge of Allegiance. Their were flags flown every day across the country, on buildings and cars as if every day was like a 4th of July celebration. It was a time when singing “the Star Spangled Banner” was patriotic and everyone stood up to sing along with each other, even when stumbling over the words, it was a great and unmistakable way to show how proud you were of the United States. It was a time when singing “God Bless America” all across the country didn’t sound croaky, silly, or ostentatious! It made other countries green with envy because they weren’t able to sing for their country without running the risk of being suspected of who-know-what putting your own interest above their country. It made me wonder how on earth can millions of people from millions of background find such common ground and can unite in such a way that defines all odds. I tried to think of the answer, was it the land? Money? History? I tried to find an answer in the songs they sing, in words they speak, until I reached only one conclusion. FREEDOM
Only freedom can work such miracles. And its freedom in every sense of the word that we hold together this great nation that no one can ever take away. That is the one thing that unites us all together under a constitution that here in America, everyone is equal. They have freedom to speak, right to peaceful assembly, petition our government, to travel without restrictions, the right to marry whoever we love, and the right to control your own fate and body. These are fundamental rights that no one can take away.
We need to bring back a renewed spirit of togetherness. Amid all of the divisiveness we are experiencing we need to stand up with even a louder chorus of determination, and pledge to stand together in moments of uncertainty. National character is an elusive and suspect notion, but Americans are most of the time carefree, pleasure seeking, and willfully independent have a way of rallying in the face of social and political injustice that is sweeping our nation.
We have faced the world as one nation through many experiences and tragedies. Pearl Harbor, the Kennedy assassination, Oklahoma City, 9-11, WWI and WWII, are just a few examples of how this nation came together, not in numb paralysis, but in fierce resolve. It’s that kind of strength that America is all about. When this spirit of America spreads across the country, it brings a spirit of solidarity from countries around the World. Americans coming together is the key to make America Great again. We are that shiny beacon that the entire world sees and the best hope for civility and freedom for them to strive for. We will be a richer and stronger nation, when we have countries who stand together with America.
America has always risen to the challenge when faced against all odds, and when provoked, we will do what we must do to see America great again. So lets stand with our brothers and sister, united in our cause, and stand up against tyranny like our forefathers before us and show the World that we are America, braver and still free. It won’t be easy, fast, or simple, but that is not our American heritage. For I am and we are Americans.