“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt
For many of us, America is our adopted country. It is not a birthright, but a choice. We chose America and she, in turn, welcomed us into her fold.
Why choose America?
She is diverse, feisty, outspoken and sassy.
She has fifty states and the federal district of Washington, D.C., as well as several commonwealth territories. Each has its own unique flavor, style, accent and sights. So much to see and discover.
She provides a multitude of opportunities which, in turn, enable us to achieve our wildest dreams… if we dare.
She believes in second chances, allowing us to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off – if and when we fail.
She allows us to reinvent ourselves, again and again.
She is extremely competitive and proud.
She can be very harsh, yet also very kind.
She, like the rest of us, can put her foot in her mouth from time to time… but then apologize wanly and be done with it.
She may have a few flaws, but she tries to do better.
She will always lend a helping hand to other countries, even though her help is not always welcome.
She embraces strangers but you wouldn’t want her as your enemy.
She is stubborn, tough, independent and free.
She is receptive to hearing all opinions, opposing or not, and will agree to disagree.
She advocates freedom and justice.
She is not infallible, but strives to be.
She believes that the only power greater than her, is God.
She doesn’t let insults faze her.
She stands by what she says and what she does.
She is America.
Happy Fourth of July!
(Poem “Why Choose America?” written by Heather Joan Marinos/Copyright © 2013 Heather Joan Marinos – All Rights Reserved.)
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