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8/21/2013 6:00:00 AM
COLUMN: We are blessed
Bob Weete
Bob Weete
Bob Weete
Essay

Recently, in a response to one of my columns, an "anonymous" reader suggested that if I wasn't happy here in America, I should "love it or leave it". I have decided that I would respond to that comment right here, publicly, with not only my signature on it, but also my picture. Not to mention my own pride.

I love America. My upbringing at home and throughout my education taught me about the people who took a risk, leaving everything behind them in the "old" country to come to a new land, where they expected to work hard in the pursuit of their happiness.

Not a darned thing was promised or given them; they knew that whatever life they were to have would be dependent on how hard they were willing to work. And they had the strong faith that God would bless them in their efforts.

I learned in school about all the leaders of the small band of people and the risks they were taking as they began to work to declare an official separation from their various homelands and they put their various heads together to form a new kind of government where people had the opportunity to follow their dreams, to become the people that God had intended for them to be.

And, as history tells us, they were reluctant, but determined to be free - free as they had never been before. Today, we can not really understand why or how they managed to actually put their lives and the lives of their families on the line so that future generations of Americans - some from England, some from France, Italy, Germany, Holland, and various other countries - would come to be what was proudly known as a "melting pot".

Yes, many spoke different languages, had different cultures, but they willingly became "Americans" and they were willing to put their lives to the test in order to have the God-given right to live free.

We all know that America has made mistakes; nobody said we were "perfect"; but the smart people leading us prepared laws and rules that would enable us to correct mistakes along the road. Slavery, of course, was one of the obvious errors. But, we also know from history that both whites with various backgrounds and blacks fought side by side to correct that mistake. Many other mistakes were finally corrected as our culture changed from "the old country" cultures. Other countries still haven't caught up with us.

Yet, typical in a way of human beings, we gradually have strayed away from much of the character that had given us the strength, the determination, the perseverance to maintain the culture that gave us the greatest country in the world. Yes, we were proud. And pride is a wholesome thing. That is, when it doesn't become so over-blown that we look down our noses on others. Knowledge and practice of the Bible would keep that in check.

As long as our love of God and the Bible remained in force. Sadly, those beliefs and faith have been strained. So many have turned to "things" and our hearts and minds have been diverted from our true goal. A natural thing, actually, especially if the perseverance to keep our character and laws in line is weakened.

That, we can show, has often happened in history, and the cultures have died and turned to dust. And the people have suffered, and in many cases, they "don't know why".

I can see the comments, now. Anonymous writers will chastise me for my beliefs, even though our Constitution says I am entitled to my own opinion. They have a right to their opinions, too, and that is the way in this blessed country.

However, it is also my feeling of sadness that some Americans have to be so hateful in their opinions; there is no need for that. We still can be civil in our disagreements, can't we? Our leaders have shown us it is "politically correct" to spew trash blatantly at their opponents and it is "okay". No wonder our children feel they can talk trash. They are following their leaders, including other adults in their lives.

"Monkey see, monkey do" was a common statement when I was young. "Little pictures have big ears" was another, meaning that children learn from their observation of adults. And we have all seen adults who do not give a very good example for children to follow.

No, my critics are right, I am not terribly happy as I observe some of the things going on in this, my beloved country. However, in the last couple of years I have learned that, though it looks like we are heading down a terrible path, I believe, I truly believe, that, with God, we can be a part of a turn-around, demonstrated again by actions in history.

But it is up to us to change; each and every one of us. "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got."

God bless this country and all its citizens.




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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Article comment by: Daisy Swift

The Most Honest Three Minutes In Television History

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML3qYHWRIZk


Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Article comment by: Jenna Williams

Bob, I always enjoy your articles. I understand like you that it is frustrating when you try to explain and show people what Obama has and will continue to do harm to this great nation. They look at you with a blank stare or they have no clue. They think we are angry or hate this Country? Absolutely not!!! It is because you are passionate and care about what happens to this Country and see that it is taking a turn for the worst. I generally don't comment on your articles. But would like you to know that I enjoy the read each week!!! Keep em coming. Just one question for all of obamamites .... How how how do you expect us to give out free healthcare, free food (food stamps), free $$$ to every American that needs it??? I agree I wish we could help every starving child, every American family. But the reality is we can't. It's a reality. You libs live in a fantasy world and it WILL 10000000% Bankrupt this nation. WILL!!! Imagine for one sec that you by yourself are in a room with 500 screaming hungry dirty diaper babies. You want to help ALL of them, but unfortunately you can't.


Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: WHAT AMERICA STANDS FOR

I am one those who will comment anonymously. I have commented before and you have so graciously responded. I represent those who are middle of the road. I am sometimes conservative on some matters-economy for one. I am liberal in others-freedom in religion and expression. An example: I don't understand gays, but I would love any family member who admitted to being gay without judgement. I am a churchgoer for over 50 years, but stand behind banning the ten commandments at courthouses. I don't agree with many things in society and politics but I study, get facts. I talk to people with opposing views, listen and sometimes learn something new. I think most Americans do that. I also feel blessed that this great nation still comforts and tolerates those who are different. No other nation does that without some repercussions. God Bless America!

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: lol @ In Palin we trust

don't know if you sided with ol bob or you tried to attack him, but, I think you took a crack at him, funny thing is, even if he wanted to work at Wal-Mart, well that's what's so funny, there is no Wal-Mart in Blythe to work at. Everything he wrote in this article is true, you know it, I know it, the whole world knows it, but most of you have either neglected it or just don't care for it, it's only the greatest Country here on Earth. Tell me exactly what he said, where and why it hurts you.

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: oh deer! dear?

Weete, Weete, Weete, English teacher though thou art (or, rather, t'was)--- "Little PITCHERS have big ears" is an idiomatic expression meant to infer that a small container (i.e. a child) may have large handles (i.e. ears) so as to warn the person with whom one might be in conversation that a young child is present and may overhear their words, which are presumably of an adult nature and not to be spoken in a child's hearing. PICTURES are something else entirely. The most common idiom referencing "pictures" would perhaps be the one that equates one's worth to a thousand words, presumably worth hearing and/or reading, but that is an argument for your next column, I'm sure... Now, about that learning from adults...

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: Court Jester

I can't wait for all the hate letters on this one. Poor liberals can't stand that some people actually want people to stand on there own 2 feet instead of feeding at the public trough.
I find it amusing that the democrats can not fathom the thought of someone keeping what they earn. I'm sure Hillary will turn this around.

Right?


Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@Palin we T. So what's wrong on collecting medicare? If you work your whole life, and medicare was deducted from your wages then you are entitle to medicare.

But if you never worked, and receive medicare. well that just plain wrong, to the working people. You have house wives that are entitle under their husbands, the sames as working mothers.

But sitting on your behind, and receiving welfare because you do not want to work, that's not right. But if your are disable, and can not work that is another thing. All is not clear cut.

What Mr. Weete wrote is so true, and sad at the same time. Its just like soaring with the Eagles, and in the end, like hanging around with the Vultures waiting for a free meal.


Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: In Palin We Trust

Obama loves you Mr. Weete. Just wondering, do you collect Medicare? Anyone on Medicare is a FDR liberal abomination. Why don't such people just go get jobs as Wal-Mart greeters?



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