It's What We Do, We Are Americans

Tony Barnes By Tony Barnes, 8th Apr 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/fryecm0y/
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If I live in Germany, I will never become a German; if I live in Moscow I will never be a Russian and if I live in Mexico I will never be considered a Mexican. But, immigrate to the US and after a period of time, a test and a ceremony you will be welcomed as an American.

We Are Americans

It's what we do, we are Americans!!! America is unlike any other country in the world. Someone far smarter than me pointed out that if I go to Germany and live for the rest of my life, I will never be called a German. Put me in a sombrero and provide me a house in Puerto Vallarta and I will still never be considered a Mexican. You would question my sanity if I moved to Moscow, but I doubt you would ever call me a Russian. But, put your feet on American soil, apply to become a citizen and there will be a point in time where we will shake your hand and call you an American.

What are the implications of becoming an American? It certainly means that you are now part of a nation whose history was founded upon Christian principles. This last statement will drive atheists crazy. They will deny it to high heaven and talk about how many of the founders were deistic in belief. However, we owe a great debt of gratitude to David Barton who is the director of Wallbuilders ministry in Aledo, Texas. David has made researching the Christian roots of our nation a lifetime study and provides a plethora of research through his website, books and videos.

Despite people often saying, "We should help our poor before we help people in other countries", we are a nation that has a special responsibility to this world. The Bible says in Proverbs 3:27 (NIV), "Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act." We are a nation that God has prospered because this nation has honored God by building upon the great principles of scripture. Until recent years, the nation has been blessed because the nation has blessed the people of God as promised in Genesis 12:3. Our history clearly shows that in the past we have been a nation where Christians can worship in freedom.

But, we are Americans and we do have a global responsibility to assist those that need our help. Afghanistan is a great example. Although many on the left want to represent the Afghan War as a failed aspect of George W. Bush's presidency, Afghanistan is a great study in how our nation has helped the nation in many ways. In a recent Wall Street Journal article entitled "The Untold Story of Afghan Progress", Saad Mohseni said that in 2001 there were only 900,000 children in school. Yet, 12 years later there are over 8 million children of both genders in Afghanistan schools. Mohseni relates that the average life expectancy of an Afghanistan citizen has risen from the mid-40s to over 60 years of age due to improved access to healthcare. He goes on to talk about a 10 fold increase in the economy and 20 million cell phone users when ten years ago there were only 10,000 phone lines in the whole country.

It's what we do, we are Americans!!! The effects of the Afghanistan War on America have been horrendous with thousands of deaths. And of course we can't forget the visible and invisible injuries that our veterans will bear for the rest of their lives. But, Ronald Reagan's closing remarks in his final presidential speech capture the essence of what has been achieved in Afghanistan through our involvement these past dozen years. The Great Communicator said, "We did it. We weren't just marking time. We made a difference. We made the city stronger, we made the city freer, and we left her in good hands. All in all, not bad, not bad at all." We can debate the quality of the hands the Afghan nation is being left in, but we certainly have made a difference. It's what we do, we are Americans!!!

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Afghan Life Expectancy, Afghan War, Afghanistan, Aledo, Genesis 123, George W Bush, Germany, Great Communicator, Mohseni, Moscow, Proverbs 327, Puerta Vallarta, Ronald Reagan, Wall Street, Wallbuilders

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author avatar Tony Barnes
I am a native Texan who spent 3 years in the Marine Corps Reserves and 25 years on active duty in the Air Force. I have been a Christian since 1985 and am an ordained minister. I am conservative politically and love to study history. I publish a mont...(more)

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
8th Apr 2013 (#)

In theory I agree with much of what you have said, but sadly there are many in America who do not welcome immigrants and wish to keep them out.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
8th Apr 2013 (#)

i feel the same I am still a Brit at heart and in my ways...thank you Tony

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