Anyone reading my column on DailyMail.com over the past few months will not be surprised by how divided Americans are as a nation and culture.
A recent poll by the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia found that nearly 50% of Donald Trump voters and 40% of Joe Biden voters somewhat agree with the proposition that the country should be divided with red or blue states. . ,
It is both shocking and shocking that so many citizens find so little in common or what makes us think that half the country thinks that is better than ending our 250-year experiment with freedom and democracy.
I get it, there’s a lot to be pessimistic about after five particularly terrifying years that began with the chaos of the Trump administration and continues with the ineptitude and extremism of the Biden administration.
Inflation, Afghanistan, crazy school boards and awakened culture go hand in hand, a media indicating that it is okay to rob businesses as long as it is in the name of racial justice, the never ending covid malaise, etc…
I could have gone further and I am sure I will continue to do so in future also…
But for today, as we enter this most revered weekend of American traditions, which is Thanksgiving weekend, and also my personal favorite holiday, I thought it would be better to focus on the things I still love about America. like about.
The things that make me feel a deep sense of patriotism and endless hope as we enter the official start of the holiday season.
So here it goes, my 10 reasons to be grateful and optimistic about the future of the country, which Ronald Reagan once described as ‘The Shining City on a Hill’.
1. There is no global music and entertainment culture without American culture
I know this will annoy our foreign readers, so bear with me. We are the birthplace of rock and roll, rap music, outlaw country, southern truck driving country, and beyond.
I won’t even start talking about our films. I have traveled all over the world and there is no place in the world that is not influenced by our entertainment industry.
This is not to deny the achievements of artists from other countries. But we proudly dominate this space and are still a soft-superpowered bar.
2. Las Vegas
We have an entire city that was designed and dedicated to extravaganza and entertainment. On the whole, there is no other city like it in the rest of the world.
There is no other place where just saying the name of the city what is expected to happen there
It’s the world’s international hub for steamy, gambling, dining from the world’s best chefs, who travel there to mark their success opening a restaurant on The Strip.
The greatest artists in the whole world reside there, knowing that people will travel thousands of miles to see them.
There is no other place where simply saying the name of the city means what is expected to happen there. ‘Vegas, baby’, and ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’ are notorious slogans for a reason.
It is one of the greatest cities in America and the entire world and, in every imaginable way, inherently American.
3. American West
As an Arizonan, I’m completely biased on this one but the American West will always represent freedom, new beginnings, and an innate wildness of spirit that encapsulates our nation’s ethos.
Cowboys are a reason for life and the stories continue to inspire and intrigue. Just look at the country’s number one show Yellowstone. A western soap opera about land grabbing in Montana.
4. We are a giving, charitable country
According to Fortune magazine, we set a record $471 billion dollars in charitable donations. For all the stereotypes about how selfish Americans can be, we are a country that gives in, nationally and internationally.
5. Our Election Process
Politicians must travel to small towns across the country, meet voters face-to-face and show them who they are
From the New Hampshire primary to the Iowa caucuses and on to Super Tuesday. We have the most engaging, complex and citizen-centric process of selecting the leader of the free world we have. It has been alive since its incarnation by our founding fathers. You can’t fake it, buy or steal it.
Politicians must travel to small towns across the country, meet voters face-to-face and show them who they are. I love it and I’ve never been sure there was a better way to do it.
6. Our Cultural Melting Pot Through Immigration
When you come here and become a citizen, you are an American, full stop. It doesn’t matter where you come from or why, that’s who you are when you become an American. This is the most special, sacred and very beautiful part of our country.
Give us your tired, hungry, poor. For all current divisions, immigrants want to join our incredible country and become Americans, which has always inspired us to be great and globally.
7. Men and Women in Our US Military
We have the most respected fighting force in the entire world, made up of the most selfless men and women who have chosen to dedicate their lives and risk their lives to protect and secure our freedom and democracy. .
I am eternally grateful for every single day.
We have the most respected fighting force in the whole world
8. First Amendment, Our Freedom of Expression
You can say anything, say anything in this country. This is certainly the crown of our constitution. The most sacred, important and important amendment of them all in the country is to follow.
It is a priceless freedom to be protected at all costs and in every way. Sadly, there are few other places in the world where our level of freedom is even equal.
Don’t listen to Prince Harry, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
9. Religious Freedom
All you have to do is to understand what is happening to the Ugyur people in China, who are being ethnically purged in mass genocide and placed in ‘re-education’ camps for being Muslim, to understand that we How grateful everyone should be. We worship whatever God we believe here.
Modern, Pfizer, J&K, I am grateful to all of them.
I will be celebrating tomorrow with my entire family and a few friends and I am comfortable doing so because we have all been vaccinated. I am grateful to the doctors, scientists, first responders and all those who have helped bring us out of one of the worst disasters in human history.
Our country put out the vaccine in record time and in record numbers. I am eternally grateful and on this Thanksgiving weekend.
This is where I leave you.
Enjoy our Turkey, Stuffing, Football, Macy’s Day Parade and Cranberry Sauce from a can.
America, hell yes.