Sunday, September 11, 2005

The Greatest Country

We live in the greatest country in the world. There are many things we take for granted that are not as freely available in other countries.

Our children get a free public education, boys and girls both. We are free to choose what we want to do with our education. Women can be doctors, lawyers, teachers - the sky is the limit.

It is not legal for men to beat their wives. They can't set them on fire because all the dowry is spent and they want a new wife. Our young girls aren't circumcised with rusty razor blades. We don't leave our daughters on orphanage steps because they weren't born a son.

We can go vote peacefully. Nobody is going to shoot us or bomb us when we go to the polls.

If we don't like something, we can do our best to change it. We can speak out, collect signatures, get our issues on the ballot.

If our elected officials are jackasses, we can say so loudly. We can yell it in the streets, take out an ad, post it on the internet. We have the power to vote them out in the next election and replace them with another jackass.

We have social programs and safety nets. While they don't catch everyone, neither are we leaving our people to starve in the streets.

Even grocery stores are something we take for granted. There isn't a separate place to go for bread and for meat and for the other necessities. They are all under one roof, and if we don't like their prices, we can go just a few minutes down the road.

When the terrorists struck on September 11th, they shook up a lot of our assumptions. For a while, we didn't feel safe. They wanted to disrupt our lives and they did. But we refused to allow them to permanently change the way we live. We continue to work, love and raise our families. We will never forget the events of September 11th. How could we? But we will also not be cowed by fear.

Fortunately, those son of a bitches didn't destroy our country like they were trying to do. A pox on their "holy war." They are overgrown playground bullies with weapons and I hope they all burn in hell.

This country is not perfect. No country is, but we are closer to perfect than any other place on earth. Nobody can take that away from us. I am so glad that I live in the United States.

3 Comments:

Blogger nobody1001 said...

I am so very proud of the articulate young woman you have become. Thank you for saying how we all feel.

MOM

9:39 AM  
Blogger Mad Rabbit said...

I echo the words of workinggirl.55 and would like to add that as proud as I am to be an American, I am equally proud to say how much I love and reapect you.

12:01 PM  
Blogger Mad Rabbit said...

I meant respect; but you know what I mean.

12:03 PM  

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