Born in America - 05/28/14

  I often wonder why God decided I should be born here?  One day, I'm going to ask Him that.  I'm so grateful that I and every other American won the lottery on this.  What are the odds?  Consider there are more than 7 billion people in the world and just 313 million Americans.   Born in America....  where we can say what we want to say, do what we want to do, worship how we choose to worship, work where we want to work and live where we want to live.  This is not a slight on any other country.  I've visited many and always appreciate a new culture.  It's just to say... we've got it pretty darn good here and that's due in large part to our military and their selfless service.

  After witnessing abject poverty in other countries... kids living in boxes for example in the Philippines.... I'm overcome with a sense of gratitude every time I reflect on how relatively safe we are here.   Case in point: I can send my children to school... an amazing school... where I don't have to worry about a terrorist group barging in, stealing them and all of their classmates and ushering them off to a life of sexual slavery.  The 200 Nigerian girls have been missing 7 weeks now.  Once again, our US men and women, are offering up their services to help find the girls. We have 80 US troops there at present trying to help wrestle the girls away from the Islamic fanatical group, Boko Haram.  Its leader, Abubakar Shekau has said, "Allah says I should sell.  He commands me to sell.  I sell women."   That quote makes me want to puke right here, right now.
  

   America may take some flack as some accuse us of acting as the world's police, but we're the first everybody calls when they need help. So many countries want what we have.  Civility.  Safety.  Law & Order.  Peace.  It may not be perfect, but it's better than the alternative.  Memorial Day isn't just one May day a year.  Memorial Day is every day.  Omnipresent... seemingly just like our military.

 

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