Friday, March 4, 2016
WHAT HAPPENED TO AMERICAN PRIDE?
When I was a little girl, my dad always told me to be proud to be an American. He taught me to always sing the National Anthem in my loudest voice, put my hand over my heart when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and never ever feel embarrassed to show my love of this great country.
Dad, I am not proud of America these days. It is a presidential election year and, Dad, all of the candidates do not have one redeeming quality among them. They don't discuss issues, they insult one another. They display the behavior of children when they should be showing the nation why they should be chosen to occupy the office of the most powerful person in our country. They don't even address the nation as a whole, their speeches are aimed at the groups who want to undermine our current president. They lie in a big way, they accuse without proof, they instill fear to look like saviors, they ridicule and insult the intelligence of the citizens and worst of all, they use the words that this country was built on to tear it apart. It is a sad day when the biggest headlines are that American citizens are looking into leaving this country to live in another country because they do not want to live under the rule of one of these candidates. America was the country that all other countries looked to as an example of freedom and democracy. Now, America has become the laughing stock.
As much as I miss you, Dad, I am glad you are not alive to witness this. It would break your heart to see what the citizens of the country you loved so much have become. I pray that when this election is over, America can recover and become the nation it once was.
Posted by Ellen Fassbender