The other day my niece asked me ‘what is your favorite country?’ Without missing a beat I said “America is my favorite”. She seemed surprised as if most people said Japan, England or some other country. To me the answer was obvious. Other countries are great and have wonderful aspects to them but America will always be my favorite.
There are a lot of reasons I love my country but most importantly is it is a country of dreamers, doers and individual rights.
We are guaranteed rights to speak our minds, worship freely, protect ourselves, and gather together for whatever purpose we see fit. We cannot be searched unlawfully or treated without due process. We are not subject to kings, rulers or one groups whims or philosophies. I understand reality can be less than perfect in enforcing these rights but most countries, even highly developed nations, don’t even have the rights spelled out to begin with.
The fact is in America if you have a desire to achieve something you can go out and do it. Will you be successful? Maybe or maybe not but as long as it is a lawful enterprise you are free to give it a go. In a communist nation you may not have such an opportunity to pursue your dream. Many other countries try to shelter people from failure and therefore limit their eventual success (we are becoming more that way every day which worries me).
We also have a system where we attempt to educate every single person free of charge (aside from taxes). We fall way short on giving an adequate education but at least we try. Still many students from around the world come to America to get their education. It is unparalleled in its colleges and universities which by law no matter race, background or sexual orientation anyone that qualifies academically can enter.
America has a system of checks and balances that help to keep despots and tyrants at bay. We have federalism that gives local and central voices power. We can each vote for all our leaders and for the most part we can all run for office without any prerequisites of education or profession. All of these things are not available in every nation.
Plus, America stretches across an entire continent something only China, Russia, Canada, and Australia can claim. We have everything from the Rocky Mountains to the beaches of Hawaii. We are the head of computer based innovation, have a legacy in manufacturing that needs to be reborn and we lead the way in movie-making, art, music and other creative expressions.
I’ve lived on the East, West coasts and in Midwest and traveled throughout America. Wherever I go I have been blown away by the good people we have all around our country. Sure we have problems but there still is much to be positive and optimistic about. Whenever I travel I can’t wait to get back home, get back to America!
At the very least we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the brave men and women who have fought and sometimes paid the ultimate price so we could have all of these freedoms. America should be our favorite for that sacrifice alone IMO.
Happy 4th of July friends! God bless America!
To read my talk on patriotism I gave years ago check out this post