America the Beautiful
After the presidential election of 2012, my enthusiasm for America has been tempered. Since my countrymen choose the subservient chains of a sheltered tyranny over the wild adventure of emancipating liberty the colors of the flag lost their luster. The honor of service was stripped of its joy. My countrymen are turning America into something ugly. I didn't love America anymore because America was no longer lovely. But, I wanted to love America again.
This personal melancholy remained with me until yesterday. Now, I have a renewed love for my country, and a resurrected sense of honor for our godly heritage. This re-birthed patriotism began in an unlikely place. I walked into a movie theatre where the choices included such movies like Tammy (one reviewer from the New York Observer gave it zero stars). I placed my money on the counter and purchased a ticket to Dinesh D'Souza's movie America: Imagine the World Without Her. D'Souza refuted the arguments by Progressive ideologues that America is the epitome of evil in the world. He highlighted the things that made this country admirable. He exposed the lies and the liars, but the tone of the movie was hopeful. He drew a portrait of America that is beautiful.
America has something for everyone to admire. Blacks, Indians, immigrants, and patriots all will find something to love about America. One such example comes from the post-Civil War South. The first female self-made millionaire was Sarah Breedlove, known as Madam C.J. Walker. This black woman was the daughter of Louisiana sharecroppers. She saw a need in the community where poor diet caused women's hair to fall out. She adapted her knowledge of hair and hair care products to market cosmetics that allowed women to take care of their hair and their dignity. Her entrepreneurial spirit generated wealth like no other black woman had done before her. She was an admired philanthropist and trained many other women how to build and manage their own businesses. She accomplished all this before Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson arrived on the scene to inform the Black community just how horribly they have it.
There are thousands, maybe millions, of beautiful stories like these in America just waiting to be told. Write them. Tell them. Live them.
America is beautiful, but she is beginning to believe the lies of the Left that she is ugly. Pray for her; protect her with your vote; hold her public servants accountable, and remember that we live in the greatest, most beautiful nation God has ever formed.