Antelope Valley Press

From the heart


4th of July celebrated America. We demonstrat­ed our patriotism (def: the devotion to and the vigorous support of one’s country), with flags, fireworks, and festivitie­s yet some disturbing things took place this year.

American olympians turned their back on the flag during the National Anthem. The Macy’s televised fireworks celebratio­n featured the “Black National Anthem.” Another athlete stated the flag offended her and she wants it changed.

Most of the 160 million people that voted in 2020 love this country and support it. Yet people with little knowledge of America and its traditions, want to do away the flag and with much of what we hold dear.

The USA is the country that is most admire. The USA still has the best standard of living. Americans are really free. So why are some coming here wanting to change things?

Citizenshi­p in America isn’t easy, it’s advanced citizenshi­p. You’ve got to want our liberties real bad to make it here. Success doesn’t come on a silver platter. You’ve got to work for it. It seems like the malcontent­s just want changes that suit themselves.

The search for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness has always been the reason to come to the USA. But recently it seems that its the place people come for free stuff and a life of luxury with no responsibi­lities.

Former pro wrestler and Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura said, “I believe patriotism comes from the heart. Patriotism is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief.” Bob Dylan said, ”a patriot is someone who understand­s the responsibi­lities that come with freedom.” So what do we do? We defend our freedoms and culture with every bit of energy we have and we reject those who came to make trouble.

Jim Gardner


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