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“God bless America, land that I love.  Stand beside her and guide her through the night, with the light from above.”
I love America- you can’t really love something/someone until you have experienced their faults and imperfections.  Before that, it’s infatuation.  True love has experienced the faults and chooses to love the whole package, imperfections and all.  God, please bless America!
She’s not perfect, and she is making some choices to wander away from God’s principles, but I am thankful to be a citizen of the USA- a country founded for religious freedom where we still enjoy many more civil liberties than are allowed in other nations.  Good nations, with a lot of positive things going for them…but they still do not have the same liberty we have on American soil.
For better or worse, parents can direct the upbringing, discipline, and education of their children with minimal government interference.  We can truly worship as we choose, wherever we choose, gathering in large groups in public without fear of being arrested.  We can post heated opinions about our government leaders on Facebook, in newspapers, and on other public forums without fear of imprisonment.  We can go into debt to “live the American dream” or we can work hard, sacrifice in the short term, and save for the possibility of passing it on to our children.  Whether our choices are right or wrong, good or bad, Christian principled or not- they are our choices, and we are free to make them and free to live with the consequences (good and bad) of our freedom.

Today, I am thankful for the patriots that have given their lives to preserve the DREAM.

America the Beautiful

Words by Katharine Lee Bates,
Melody by Samuel Ward

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

The American Challenge – What Every American Should Know About Their Own Country


Robert C. Etheredge has masterfully compiled a go-to resource of American history that EVERY American needs to read- whether they are natural-born citizens who have lived here all their lives or first-generation immigrants.  The American Challenge is well-written and easy to read and includes a short summary of the major events in American history in timeline format, relating these events to what was happening in the world-at-large at the same time.  Also included is a short biography of each President, lists of American poets, songs, movies, books, food, inventions…everything that America is famous for and that a well-educated American should know about his country!  A copy of the founding documents as well as a transcript of important speeches given by key leaders in both ancient and recent history is included.

I believe every American should read this book and have a mastery of the content within.  Do you know who becomes President if both the Vice President and the Speaker of the House are unable to fill the vacancy?  Do you know which denomination of money is called a “fin”?  What about a “sawbuck”?  Do you know who Pecos Bill was?  Betsy Ross?  Black Bart?  John Dillinger?  Do you know what Walt Disney’s first two movies were?  Have you heard the story of the “Candy Bomber”?

I challenge you to take the Citizenship Test included at the end.  Can you pass the test required to become a naturalized American citizen?  Do you think it would be a good idea to require every American to pass the Citizenship Test (thus demonstrating an understanding of American history and how our government works) and take the oath of allegiance before being issued their first voting rights?  Would doing so give American voters a better understanding of the responsibility and privilege of choosing our leaders?  Would it encourage Americans to vote according to their world-view and truly-held values rather than which political party captures their attention?