Tuesday, April 8, 2008

God Bless That America!

Terry Thornton of Hill Country has asked the question, "What sort of an American are you?" It reminded me of an experience I had while attending school in England.

A group of eight of us who were studying the European Economic Community (now the European Union) decided to take a weekend and visit Holland. We had just finished a trip to a diamond cutting factory and had arrived at our hotel, when one of the younger members of our group discovered she had locked her key in her room. She asked the desk clerk if she could get another key.

"You Americans," the desk clerk snarled. "You think you can do anything."

My classmate was clearly embarrassed, not knowing what she had done to offend. I held back for a moment and then stepped up next to her.

"You're absolutely correct, " I said looking the clerk straight in the eye. "We Americans do think we can do anything." He clearly looked quite pleased with himself.

"And that's what makes America great," I continued. "We've never been limited by thinking we can't accomplish something. It's that "can do" attitude and the blood of so many of our young men that makes it possible for you to stand here today and attempt to insult us."

He never responded, he never apologized, and we never heard from him again.

Now, don't ever equate my love of country with disrespect of another's. When I visit another country I respect their laws, their customs, their way of life, their people and their opinions. It is after all their country. My respect, however, does not equal acceptance. I may disagree completely with their laws, their customs, their way of life, their people, and their opinions, but I respect their right to hold the same.

I expect the same respect from those who visit my country. Respect our laws, our government, and our opinions, it is after all our country. Do I agree with everything associated with my country? Absolutely not, I don't even agree with my husband 100% of the time. But, I have that right to disagree because of this wonderful country and all it stands for.

I live in America and I love it. I wouldn't trade my good fortune at having been born here for citizenship in any other country in the world. I am proud and humbled by our history and the sacrifices of those that made and continue to make America great.

Yes, we Americans think we can do anything, God Bless that America!



Blogger Thomas MacEntee said...

I am very much in agreement but seeing what passes for leadership in the past few years, the ability to do anything sometimes needs to be tempered with the wisdom of knowing when not to do something (trying not to get too political here).

That is why I am such a fan of Harry Truman (as are you I believe). He made a very difficult decision in August 1945 to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I can't imaging having to make that decision but much of history has supported his judgment. And it was American thinking, know-how, drive and perseverance that helped build and deploy the atomic bomb.

Thanks for a great post!

April 8, 2008 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Thanks Thomas! I truly admire Harry Truman. What girl from Missouri wouldn't?

When I was young my brothers and I would fight tooth and nail at home. But, if we got to school and someone picked on them that person got a sock from me.

I feel that way about my country. We may fight tooth and nail at home, but if you attack her you'll get a sock from me.


April 8, 2008 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger Terry Thornton said...


Thanks for a beautiful statement.


April 8, 2008 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Craig Manson said...

Hooray, fM!

April 9, 2008 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Very well put, fM. Spoken like a true Patriot.

April 10, 2008 at 6:30 PM  

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