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Wednesday, June 18 

Let's Have Some Perspective Here

Perhaps you've been under a rock recently and didn't hear the following quote by Gore Vidal.
“The president behaved like a virtual criminal but we didn’t have the courage to sack him for fear of violating the American Constitution. We live in a dictatorship. We have a fascist government... which controls the media.”
It is idiots like Gore Vidal that make America look bad to the rest of the world, not conservatives. But I'll get back to that in a minute. First, let's talk a little about just what Vidal has to hate about America.

Maybe it's the fact that he can walk in to any supermarket in America on any day of the week and find more food than your average Ethiopian city.

Or maybe it's the fact that you are free to attend any worship service you want, of any religion you desire, at any time. Or not attend. The choice is yours, and it's guaranteed in our constitution.

If you wish to help defend this country, you are free to join any of the branches of service. If, on the other hand, you wish to live under the protection provided by the men and women who serve this nation, you don't have to serve. Because we are an all voluntary military, unlike most countries in the world.

If you decide that you don't agree with one of our elected officials, you are free to protest, write letters to the editor, or spout off your insanity to a news organization like old Gore Vidal did above. And here's the best part, jack booted thugs are not going to show up at your home and drag you off in the middle of the night, never to be heard from again. Try that in Cuba. Or Venezuela. Or Zimbabwe. Or one of a dozen other utopian's societies that are idolized by those on the left.

At then end of a hard day's work, you can go home to your brick home, equipped with a washer and dryer, dishwasher, central heat and air and park your car in your garage to protect it from the elements. You can flip on your cable or satellite and choose from hundreds of channels of news or entertainment while sipping an ice cold beverage waiting for your fresh, hot meal to be delivered. There are literally billions of people on this planet that would give everything they had to live in your garage, let alone enjoy the luxuries you take for granted every day.

If there is a natural disaster (flood, fire, earthquake, hurricane, you name it) in your area, people from all over the country will come to help. They will fill sandbags, and shovel mud or do whatever it takes to help you out. Not because someone is paying them to do it, but because they see a fellow American in jeopardy and they want to help. Just look at the recent flooding in Iowa. Or the thousands of people who have been to New Orleans to rebuild after Katrina.

For that matter, look at the billions of dollars that U.S. citizens have sent around the world to help others after natural disasters, like Burma, or following the tsunami in Indonesia. And that's not counting the money the U.S. government sends, I'm talking about private citizens voluntarily giving to aid organizations.

When election day comes around you can get up in the morning, make your way down to the polling place, vote for any candidate on the ballot, or even write in a candidate, and no one will haul you off to jail or shoot you in the street. The worst thing that will happen is you'll get to work later and get into a heated discussion with Bob from accounting, because he's a lifelong member of the other party and you disagree about the best way to reduce oil prices. Then you'll go back to your desk and go to work.

Speaking of which, maybe you should be upset that 94.5% of the country will get up and go to work today. Which is one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world. Japan's is slightly better, but I can't find anyone else with an unemployment rate close to it. Not even in Europe, which is held up as a model of everything we should be doing in this country.

If your home catches on fire, you can grab your home phone, your cell phone, your wife's cell phone, or any of your children's cell phones and call 911. Trained firemen and rescue workers will rush to your home to save your family and attempt to save your property. If you do lose everything, chances are that you have insurance that will pay you for your damages so you can get back on your feet in a minimal amount of time.

If someone attempts to break in to your home, you have the right to keep firearms in your home to defend yourself. You can also call 911 and tell them that someone is trying to rob you and they will send armed police to your home to defend you and catch the bad guy. Or if you had a firearm of your own, to pick up the body of the bad guy. And the good news is that you don't have to bribe the local police official to stay on his good side so that he'll come out to help you.

And this list is in no way all inclusive. These are but a fraction of the myriad of freedoms and opportunities you have merely by living in the United States. But Gore Vidal and idiots like him would have you believe that we live in a fascist state. That you should be in fear that at any moment George W. Bush's storm troopers will kick in your door, force you to convert to Christianity and haul you off to prison until you either agree to be a good conservative and support him, or they decide to execute you.

It's no wonder the rest of the world thinks ill of us, we can't even get our own media or politicians to speak well of America. The wife of the Democratic nominee called the U.S. a mean nation, Gore Vidal and his like call us fascists, and liberals in the media and in Hollywood spend more than 90% of their time talking about how awful this country is. If the only thing I knew about America came off of CNN, I wouldn't want to live here, either.

Maybe, just maybe, someone ought to spend a little time reminding everyone what a great nation this truly is.

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Outstanding. It is a shame how much more popular it is to bash this country than to appreciate how well we have it here. Nice that you took the time to write out what really should be obvious.

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