Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Proud to be an American

Theodore Roosevelt once stated, "We can have no '50-50' allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all." I love that the Olympics bring out the pride in a person for their country. Whether that is the actual athlete competing or the fan just watching. One of the things I have enjoyed most is watching our President, George W. Bush, sitting in the stands cheering on the American athletes. It might be easy to knock him for being there instead of "taking care of business" at the White House, but I am glad he is there. These amazing athletes are working their butts off and they deserve to see the leader of their country on the sidelines cheering them on. Good call on being at the Olympics Mr. President, even if just for a short time. My brother and I were talking about pride and country a few weeks back. He pointed out how it was so easy and respectful for any person in the world to be proud of their homeland. Yet, somehow in America we look down upon pride in the nation and it has become so blatantly popular to be "anti-American" even amongst those who would only choose to live here. I, regretfully so, even admit to choosing to rag on the USA a bit lately. Now I know that our allegiance is to God not nation, but at the same time I am proud to be from America. I love this country and am so honored to cheer for the many, many things that make this place great. These athletes at the Olympics are just another example of what makes this place great. Now keep pushing forward athletes, because like every other American, I sure as hell hate losing. :)