Perspective Divide

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Annie, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. Annie

    Annie Diamond Member

    Nov 22, 2003
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    I think there is a great deal of truth in this:
  2. nosarcasm

    nosarcasm Active Member

    Jul 15, 2004
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    There seems to be a disconnect between the liberal elites that look
    to Europe for answers and the religious right that look to religion for
    their answers.

    Luckily the reality imo is somewhere inbetween, in a battle
    for a pragmatist approach how to handle life, economy and welfare.

    America is great because despite the usual flaws in the system
    it encourages a competiton of ideas.

    Those who declare their oppinon as truth have made the contest
    a partisanship affair. I still have hope that the compromise that
    arrives from the clash of ideas serves the majority.
  3. Adam's Apple

    Adam's Apple Senior Member

    Apr 25, 2004
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    We Americans are lucky to live in a country with a history full of noble ideas, great leaders, and awe-inspiring accomplishments. Sadly, many of our elites want no part of it.

    I agree with Barone that we are very, very lucky to be able to live in America. No other people on earth have had it as good as Americans. Even today those who come here hoping to achieve the “American Dream” are able to accomplish it with hard work and determination. Everyone who is not in lock step with the “intellectual elites” should stand up and fight against those who are working to undermine the America we know and love.

    And then there's the flag. Most Americans feel a shiver when they hear "The Star-Spangled Banner" played and reflect on the triumphs and tragedies that those serving under that flag have won and suffered over more than 200 years. You're part of something larger than yourself.

    One of the most patriotic and emotional experiences I have had occurred on Veterans Day 200l, immediately following 9/11. That year Grandparents Day at the school our grandchildren attend fell on Veterans Day, and the children presented an outstanding patriotic program.

    Members of the Student Council led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and then read excerpts from some of the writings of our Founders. Every person who had served in the military was asked to come to the stage at the time the song of their particular branch of the Armed Forces was playing. There were probably 100 men and women on the stage at the end of the playing of the military songs. One member of each of the different Armed Services spent about a minute telling the audience how his/her branch of the military served the country. I am sure this was for the benefit of the children, but it was good to be reminded, particularly at that time.

    The principal of the school had one student from each of the elementary grades to tell what it meant to him/her to be an American. Their remarks were outstanding and made you very proud of them and of your own American citizenship.

    At the close of the program, the lights were dimmed in the auditorium except around the American flag, and everyone stood and sang “God Bless the U.S.A.”. There were many people dabbing at their eyes when the lights came back up. The feeling of emotion was so strong in that auditorium—the feeling of great pride in being an American—that it is something I will remember the rest of my life. It was a very patriotic experience; and underlying it all, I am sure, was the 9/11 experience.

    If anyone else on the board has had a memorable patriotic experience s/he would like to share, I would be interested in hearing it.

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