America is Already Great; We Just Need to Remember It

Regardless of what you may think about Donald Trump’s run for President, it is hard to argue with his slogan “Let’s make America Great Again!” It is patriotic and evokes images of a past time when America was a world leader and a nation in which one could be proud to live. The only problem is America is already great. What Donald Trump and everyone else who is proud to be American need to do is remind the rest of the world of that fact. But we need to start at home.

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a veteran’s appreciation viewing of “London Has Fallen” at the local base movie theater. The movie itself is not important, but how the movie opened is– with the playing of the National Anthem. As soon as the first notes were heard, everyone sprang to their feet, snapped to attention and did not whisper a sound or move a muscle until it was over. Of course, this should come as no surprise as I was in the middle of a major military installation; but, as I stood there surrounded by others who are proud of their service and the nation they defended, I realized this is not the norm.

AnthemI began to think about how little the National Anthem is actually played any more. As a young boy I remember hearing it all the time – every sporting event, the start of every school day and even each evening as the local television network signed off the air. Today I almost never hear it. Sure, it is played at the beginning of major sporting events but it does not seem to mean as much. Professional athletes can be seen on national television doing their own thing while it plays or outright ignoring that it is even taking place, something which not too long ago would have resulted in a stiff league penalty or even a loss of employment. Major entertainers are encouraged to “add their own twist” and mistakes are no longer even news worthy.

Now consider the other examples of national disrespect we as a nation allow all in the name of personal expression. Flags being burned by high school students who cannot even remember 9/11 and fakes wearing military uniforms in an attempt to achieve personal gain on the backs of true heroes are but a few examples. Yes, I agree that freedom of speech is a cornerstone of what makes America great, but so is national pride. Just as we do not allow someone to yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater so they can see what happens, nor should we allow the systematic dismantling of our very foundation for the same reasons.

It is not time to make America great again; it is time to remember it has always been great. There was a popular pro-American rally cry during the anti-war craze of the 1960’s that might need to be revived – “Love it or leave it.” There are planes and buses leaving for Canada and points abroad every day.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
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