I've been staring at this blank page, on and off all day, trying to come up with something uplifting...and I just can't. Our nations is so very, horribly divided, not between the haves and have nots, but between the productive and the parasites (the worst of which are in government on local, state, and federal levels).
All of my life, I've been so proud of our nation, and our system of government. Lee Greenwood nailed it in my opinion--or, at least, that used to be the case.
Now? Now, we have the government on all levels getting so intrusive and vindictive that I no longer say what's on my mind (not even here). I no longer trust that the government works under constraints set out more than two hundred years ago by men much smarter than any I've ever met today. I no longer believe I live in a free country. Why?
NSA, DEA, BATFE, DHS, DFS, and all of the other alphabet soup organizations.
I will admit: we have it nowhere near as bad as places like Egypt, or Somalia, or Cuba or Venezuela or Argentina...yet.
I pray to God that it never gets to that level.
But, I haven't been able to write an uplifting post over what America means to me, and what it should be to the world.
Because the America I grew up believing in? The one I thought existed? Yeah. It died. I'm not sure how, or when, but it's gone.
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