Published: Wednesday, July 4 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
TRUE Love of country don't divide TRUE Americans today."Every year, the Fourth of July holiday provides Americans with an
opportunity to celebrate the birth of our nation and give thanks to our founding
fathers who boldly proclaimed our independence. In this great nation, we are
truly blessed with freedoms and opportunities unlike any other country in the
world. However, this would not be possible without the sacrifices made by the
brave soldiers who have served our country throughout its history, many of whom
paid the ultimate price. We owe a debt of gratitude to all servicemen and women,
whether they stood strong against tyranny to establish our independence over 200
years ago or are continuing to defend our freedom today. I hope all Floridians
enjoy celebrating with friends and family today, and wish everyone a happy
Extremism on either side of the spectrum is the divide of our country. Hurtful
rhetoric and actions belie the fact that we are a moderate nation.
Chuck says, "TRUE Love of country don't divide TRUE Americans
today."But for too many of us, whether or not you are TRUE
depends on whether or not you agree with them or not.
"By wide margins compared with Europeans, Americans believe that
"success in life" is determined by individual effort and not by outside
forces." This used to be true, but unfortunately is no longer. Most
European countries actually have better rates of social mobility than the U.S.
does. Rick Santorum, to his credit, often pointed this our during the campaign.
It is ironic that Europeans seem to don't believe this as much, even though
they are now better at it.
I work with Europeans daily.... and one of their criticisms of Americans is that
we are far more materialistic. That having a big house, the right car, the
latest gadget is far more important to our ability to achieve
"happiness" than it is to them - speaking in generalizations of course.
We tend to measure success in how much money you have - and it is reflected in
how we prioritize many aspects of our lives.Europeans aren't
better or worse than us. they have many of the same positive qualities as well
as vices as we do. But there is a big difference in how we view and weight self
versus community needs. Example, Utah freely raises its historical elements in
order to make way for progress. Had Europe taken this approach, its historical
cities and villages would not exist today and there is no economical math model
that would justify preserving these century old buildings. But europeans value
their history more than they value rent per square foot in these cases.Just different - not right - not wrong - just different.
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