The choice to embrace God (or not to) and share our faith with others as a source of strength is the gift of freedom that the founding fathers fought to establish.
I appreciate the right to share and exercise my faith, especially when I see the suffering of others who do not have this right. It is upon this foundation that the fabric of our Constitution is formed. Brave souls have sacrificed a great deal to protect this right. I am forever indebted to all those who gave so much, enduring great difficulties and hardships to keep this freedom alive and strong for all of us to enjoy today.
We cannot allow the tendency of a few to subvert the privilege of exercising our faith. Of course, we let them do that when we will not stand up for ourselves. We can help protect this right by voting and by sending letters to our representatives. Part of our nation’s pledge, “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” means so much to most Americans. It reflects the many sacrifices made on our behalf. We must never forget what this pledge means to us who live in a land where all citizens can enjoy this freedom. We should respect and even revere their sacrifices.
We need to remember the enormous price that paid for the freedom we now profit from, and that our future generations will benefit from as well. May God help us if we ever come to the point that we forget or show a blatant disregard for the significance of this pledge or, heaven forbid, we neglect to show an allegiance to the United States of America. This is why we must be united in protecting our freedom. Nevertheless, if we become neglectful or complacent about this right, I trust that somehow God will re-mind us of the price tag for this privilege.
Why My Family Came to America By Jessica Zuckerman
More than any other nation in history, the United States has made itself a new home for immigrants in search of a better life. It embraces those who come to this country honestly—often with nothing more than their work ethic—in search of the promises and opportunities of the American Dream.
As a second-generation American, I think of this promise often. Each and every day, when I see my grandfather’s Ellis Island records hanging on my wall, I remember what he went through to come to this country. I remember how he left behind all he had ever known in Hungary to escape discrimination and the destruction left in the wake of World War I; how he gave up everything so that he could offer his children and grandchildren the promise of freedom and opportunity in a new land.
His story is not unique. Since our nation’s founding, millions of immigrants have come to our shores with a similar dream, each bringing with them new experiences and pieces of their cultures that together form part of what makes this nation great.
Over the past several decades, however, immigration policy has become confused, unfocused, and dysfunctional. America lacks a simple system to attract the qualified immigrants who can help our economy and contribute to our nation. Millions of unlawfully present immigrants are undermining America’s core principle of the rule of law, while the legal naturalization process isn’t working as well as it should. Large-scale immigration without effective assimilation threatens social cohesion, along with America’s civic culture and common identity. This is particularly true when immigrants are assimilated into the welfare state rather than into a society of opportunity.
It is high time for an immigration policy that serves immigrants and citizens alike. As an important part of this, we must find ways to reform our legal immigration system to create a process that is truly fair, orderly, and efficient. Indeed, currently there are close to 4.5 million individuals waiting in line to come to this country legally—and some have been waiting for as long as 24 years.
These numbers make one thing clear: America needs meaningful immigration reform. It must, however, be done in a deliberative and thoughtful manner. It must also seek to uphold the rule of law, welcome individuals through a legal framework, and discourage future flows of unlawful immigrants.
By recognizing these facts and beginning to work on solutions where we can all agree, we can rebuild an immigration process in harmony with our highest principles and best traditions.
Jessica Zuckerman is a policy analyst who works on national security issues at The Heritage Foundation. Her grandfather, Joseph (Jeno) Zuckerman, came to the United States on the S.S. Rotterdam in 1921.
Jon “David” Kahn – AMERICAN HEART
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Written and performed by Jon David Kahn
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@bapyou Progressives can’t understand patriotism…patriotism is a feeling of love so strong that you’d give your life for it…..progressives only give when they’ve convinced themselves they get more in return for their giving. Everybody else gives more and expects less in return…not progressives, not the entitlement “generation”, certainly not you.
Patriotism is almost non-existent in our youth today. Do you know why? I do? The history books account of why people came to America in the first place. Ask your youth (up to age 35) why America was settled? Was it by immigrants from England that were paid to settle America for England or was it for religious freedom and God being woven into the fabric of our Constitution?They have learned a totally different history of America than we did in the 1940s and 1950s.
Our youth don’t have a love for America like we old timers do and they don’t know why America is special. These are a few of the lies our children are told about why we have this problem:
- The liberal education has brainwashed children to believe America polluted our resources and strive to continue polluting the earth.
- School children are told that America is a war-monger and that it starts wars just for money, so the rich get richer and the poor get poorer or dead.
- Americans are greedy and arrogant, and America is nothing special. This attitude is why children have little patriotism in their bones.
- Most of our children have been taught an alternative story for the revolutionary war and civil war. They do not understand the contributions that have come before us from early settlers and negro heroes.
Please take the time to learn the true reason our early settlers came to America, their struggles, the obstacles they faced and overcame, and the positive contributions of America to bless the world and nations overcome by tyranny and hardships. All you need to do is put a search into your browser and find the good as well as the bad.
It’s a choice on what you put into your memory banks and the attitude you and your children develop.
Ask yourself why people living in foreign lands give up so much to come to America and make a better life for themselves? There must be something special about America or people would not risk their lives and that of their families to come here if they didn’t see what you don’t seem to recognize. Keep in mind that what our founding fathers established a long time ago stands out to nations around the world as a place to go for FREEDOM and OPPORTUNITIES. Without living outside of America, it can be difficult to believe that this concept is truly their way of thinking.
Many Americans have developed fond feelings for their country and memories that created a strong feeling of patriotism inside them. There is a reason why this is true and, if you don’t feel that way now, perhaps you should do some positive research to understand why this is so.