Do You Love America?
By: Denny Gillem Lt. Col., US Army, Retired
Too many Americans
don‘t love America. We
are threatened frommany directions, bothexternal and internal.Yet, many Americansseemingly neither knownor care. You know, the
opposite of love isn‘t
hate. The opposite of love is indifference. If you hate something you care enough to want itto hurt or damaged
and that caring might
change. Indifference means it‘s of zero
importance in your life. And the future andsecurity of America seems to be of zeroimportance to many Americans. We must wakethem up.We Americans have more freedom,liberty, and rights than any other people in theworld. We enjoy wealth and prosperity thatdwarfs that of most of the about 200 countries inthe world. And we have become so fat andhappy that we act like this abundance issomehow our divine right, bestowed by God
upon us because we‘re so go
od; thus, it willnever go away. We hear a great deal about ourrights but never about our duties.Freedom is not free. Our foundingfathers put everything on the line to create ournation
and many of them lost everything.Freedom has had to be defended in everygeneration. Our nation has fought many wars toprotect freedom. We must remind folks thatfreedom needs to be defended through bothvigilance and service.America today seems mostly concernedabout fishing poles, Ipods, and partying. Noneof these things are in any way wrong, but whenthey become the primary focus, freedom can slipaway. When a person is indifferent to freedom,to America
the indifferent one no longer lovesAmerica; he or she is willing to let America fendfor itself.We are at war today. Radical Islam has
sworn death to all Americans. They aren‘t going
away, because they love their religion and theircause and their way of life
so they will fightand die for it. But, Joe Average-American just
doesn‘t care.If you‘re reading this, you‘re likely one
of the people who does love and care forAmerica. Care means to act, to get involved.Involved means to invest both your time andyour money. So I really relate to and appreciatefolks who are actively seeking a smaller, less-intrusive government.This year is an election year. This
year‘s elections will determine the future of our
nation. We have our primary elections thissummer. The general elections are thisNovember. Thanks for joining me as anAmerica lover.
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