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Thankful to be in the USA

Before next Friday’s blog, Thanksgiving will happen. Rather than address thankfulness after the fact, I thought it best to discuss this week.

I believe it’s time to stand up and be counted.
• I count myself as a blessed wife/mom/grandmother
• I count myself as a member of a military family
• I count myself as a Christian
• I count myself as a proud American
If I think about it, I could come up with many more things I can stand up and be counted for. For the purpose of this week’s blog though, I will concentrate on being a proud American.

Let me just say… the election is OVER. I admit, our choices were not the best, but the process worked and someone won. All the protesting, flag burning, vandalism and violence is not going to change a thing. AND… if you didn’t vote, you have no business having an opinion either way. The chance to express your opinion was at the polls. Can we just move on, please?

I would like to say that I am not against peaceful protest. In fact, peaceful protest can bring about change (think Martin Luther King Jr.).

On the flip side, the protesters have the right to protest and, unfortunately, the desecration of our nation’s flag is also now allowed. It didn’t use to be, but it is no longer a federal crime. See this link for more information… http://www.usflag.org/uscode36.html.

Since it is a time to think about being thankful, let’s start with being thankful to be in the USA where we
• elect our leaders
• have freedom of speech
• have freedom of religion

Many other countries do not have these “rights.” As a Matter of fact, Quora.com states, “of the 196 countries and territories assessed during calendar year 2009, 69 (35 percent) were rated Free, 64 (33 percent) were rated Partly Free, and 63 (32 percent) were rated Not Free.” The USA is listed as one of the top 5 countries with the most freedom, listed after New Zealand, followed by Switzerland, Canada, and Ireland.

No, we may not have the most perfect country in the world. Sometimes I think we’re going downhill fast and we are a mess. BUT, being 2nd in the world in freedom, there is no place else I’d rather live.

Yes, this Thanksgiving I am thankful to be in the USA!

*Pam Horton is a Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach, in the Raleigh area.*

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