I am thankful to be an American /To be part of a land that's free / In a nation blessed with the very best I will stand with my head held tall
Those are lyrics from a song I learned in elementary choir and I remember how full of pride and joy I was singing it, because I truly loved this nation and its people and its history. When 9/11 happened, I knew horrible things were going to happen in our country because of it, and I watched in quiet desperation as the Bush Administration stripped our rights while Congress rolled over on its back. For the past nearly 8 years, whenever I've remember that I can be classified as an American, instead of feeling proud I felt mortified and ashamed to be associated with the things going on in our nation and across the sea while this long war just wouldn't stop, no matter how many times they declared "victory."
On Saturday night, when I heard Obama speak to me and the other 74,000 people at the Liberty Memorial, I realized that for the first time in a long time, I was filled with patriotism and hope for the future. Imagine having a government that works for the people again instead of against it! How exciting is that? I nearly started crying I was so overwhelmed, and I couldn't even see Obama! But I could see the crowd stretching out all around me and feel their energy and enthusiasm and it made my skin tingle to see the most Kansas Citians I've ever seen at once all coming together, working to create this change we need.
US Should Open Borders, Open Minds
Thoughts on the Fourth of July
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