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THE REAL AMERICA

July 2, 2017

 

If you watch the news presented by the mainstream media you will be bombarded by stories about the United States of America being a divided nation. A nation that is divided along racial lines, religious lines, political party lines, and economic lines. These alleged divisions are established so they can be exploited by those who want to push a specific political agenda. However, I dispute the validity of these divisions because I live in the real America and I have proof that it still exists and is stronger than ever.  

          In a previous article I wrote about the amazing help that was given to us by friends, neighbors, and strangers from all over Texas and neighboring states like Louisiana, after our small ranch took a direct hit from a massive F5 tornado on April 29th. This help was unconditional and came from church groups, first responders, Boy Scouts, and just families who showed up at our door with water, food, chain saws and in some cases heavy equipment to help us clean up our property and save what we could.

No one asked us about our political affiliation or who we had voted for in the last election. No one asked about our religion and until they met us they did not know the color of our skin or our ethnic background, and none of that mattered anyway. All they knew was that we were fellow Texans and fellow Americans. In addition, they did not ask for money, and refused my offer to buy them lunch. One volunteer firefighter from another town drove for 23 miles to the nearest functioning gas station to get five gallons of gas for my emergency generator, and then refused my offer to pay him. All of these volunteers worked for hours to help us.  

          What is also notable is that a remarkable number of the people who came to help were military veterans, who had already served their country in conflicts like Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other war zones. Yet, here they were, still serving their fellow Americans. We are back in our home after 39 days in a motel, but we still have a long road to recovery, but we will make it and we still have people volunteering to help.

          On this Fourth of July holiday as I have two of my sons still on active duty with the U.S. Army and think back on my own service and that of my father. I believe that the America we live in is the one envisioned by our founding fathers. It may be under attack, but it is not beaten and not even broken. We still live in the greatest nation on earth and based on what I have seen it will not die.

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