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America Is Still Great


Last updated 1/20/2021 at 4:41pm

By now we have read reactionary commentary on what transpired in Capitol Hill and pondered within ourselves how life in America go to this point. Although a logical reaction, one must not forget a fundamental truth: Being an American is something to be immensely proud of.

Some of you may roll your eyes ridiculing such a statement as a nationalistic cliché. It may be so, but as an immigrant from Finland, who is dreaming of becoming an American citizen, I passionately believe in American exceptionalism. However, it breaks my spirit to see how neighbors wish ill upon each other based on such trivialities as who is or isn’t residing in the White House. Such tribal mentality exacerbates social strains and plays to the hands of political marionettes, whilst propping up the share prices of social media companies. Your discontent with the status quo shouldn’t bolster someone’s political capital or business profits.

To regain a sense of normalcy, we should all start from turning off cable news and limit social media usage. We should participate with our neighbors in community building events rather than worry what political signs people have in their yards. Where we should exhaust our political energy should be in local elections. But most importantly we as a small-town community must focus on why America is a wonderful place to live

Here are few of the reasons I as an immigrant think America is still a great nation. America is exceptional because it is a country of free thinkers, not indoctrinated masses. America is compassionate because people help each other when natural disasters wreak havoc. America is wealthy because innovations are not made in government labs, but by individuals tinkering in their garages. America is righteous because you maintain world order when rest of the world cowers away from responsibilities. America is graceful because you are not ashamed to praise your Creator. America is virtuous because you are the last nation standing for liberty. Americans are honorable because you rather die on your feet than live on your knees.

That’s a lot to be proud of.

Henri Erti

Pisgah Forest


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