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America: the beacon of freedom

Dinesh D'Souza (far right) with some of the cast from his movie, America: A World Without Her
Dinesh D'Souza (far right) with some of the cast from his movie, America: A World Without Her
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Apologize. Say you’re sorry. Bow abjectly and back away in defeat. The left fully expects that reaction when they accuse America of being the big, bad bully on the block. The left points its finger at America and shouts, “Thief!”, “Murderer!” “Capitalist!” and expect the rest of us to back down in utter defeat and respond with, “Yes, you’re right. We have done this and more. Here, take my country. Do what you want with it because you can do a much better job.”

Yesterday, I went to the movie theater to see Dinesh D’Souza’s America: Imagine the World Without Her. D’Souza, an immigrant from India has put on film, what every American needs to know, internalize, and share with everyone. He brings to the fore the concept that many in our country, including some in power, wish to destroy us for our sins; but we have not come by our wealth and success through thievery, murder, and worse. I won’t go into the details because I want you to see this movie. I want each and every American to understand the concepts D’Souza presents.

Briefly, America is more an idea than a country. For the first time in history, a people grew in wealth and power by creating wealth rather than stealing it from someone else. Not only have we created it, we have shared it with the world. Our technology, medical advances, literature, music, and way of life has swept around the globe, improving the lives of millions.

D’Souza, an immigrant from India, sees our country not with the jaded eyes of someone born here. Those of us blessed enough to begin life in this country sometimes take so much for granted, but an immigrant who knows poverty and oppression in his native land, sees our country with new eyes when arriving on our shores.

No, we’re not lily white. No country, no people, no culture is. But our good far outweighs our faults, and the idea of America draws immigrants to our shores as no other country in history. Millions try to cross our borders for the life the idea of America holds out to them. They follow the beacon of freedom and come here legally, and illegally. They risk all, including their lives, for their chance at the American dream. I don’t see an equal number of people risking the same to leave.

Nope. Sorry. I do not apologize for being an American. I do not back away when accused of terrible sins. This is my country. I’m proud of it. When the left makes its accusations, I just say I’m sorry for whatever sins we might have committed so get over it. It’s a new day and time to move on.

I’m thankful to God for this country and the grace He has shed on us thus far. I pray He will continue to bless us so that we can achieve even greater heights of goodness in the years to come, not only for ourselves, but for the rest of the world as well.

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