Today, I’ve been reflecting on my life and how lucky I am to have all the freedoms given to me as a citizen of the United States of America. This year, I attended the Young Women’s Leadership Summit held by Turning Point USA in Dallas, Texas. While it is no secret that conservatives are far more patriotic than the left, I have never been in a more patriotic environment. Every woman in that room, including me, had a deep love for our country and was unapologetic for it. When I arrived back home, I quickly realized that I was back in the real world, where not everyone feels the same gratitude to our country. What saddens me most is not that everyone doesn’t love our country, but rather that so many hate it.
It’s sad that today’s left stands united in hating our country and our flag.
You may not agree with the administration of our country, and that’s okay. Thankfully, you live in a country that allows you to openly voice your dissent. Independence Day is not about loving President Trump. Independence Day is about being proud that you were born in the United States of America and appreciating all your privileges and freedoms given to you just because you were lucky enough to have been born here. Independence Day is about being thankful for the courage of our founding fathers to leave their home and found a nation on the principle of giving power and freedom to the people. Many people will argue that we aren’t the greatest country in the world because other countries have freedom too, but the magnitude is incomparable. Other countries do have freedoms, but not one country has freedom that is guaranteed quite like ours.
“If we lose freedom here, there is NO place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.” – Ronald Reagan
The false sense of victimhood indoctrinated on its’ people by the left is a root cause for the disdain that some people have in this country. There is no question that certain groups of people have been wronged here. However, the core value that our country was founded upon -freedom- is what allows those circumstances to change. To me, freedom is opportunity. Freedom allows you to voice your opinion when you believe something is wrong. We are given the opportunity to pursue happiness without restriction and make positive change. Our freedoms give us the opportunity to rise out of bad situations and change them. We are “the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave” because we have the freedom to stand up for what we believe in. I respect those who disagree with poor leaders, ideas, and policies. However, I do not respect those who hold hatred for a country whose fundamental values of freedom allow the people to openly voice dissent and advocate for change. We are all given the choice to stand up when something is wrong, and only you, not this country, are to blame if you choose not to. The left only focuses on the moral wrongdoings of the United States of America, but fails to recognize the incomparable good it has done for its own people along with the rest of the world. No country in the history of the world has ever fought for the liberty of others as the United States of America has.
I’ve always thought that it is ignorant to say “If you don’t like it, why don’t you leave?” because our nation was founded on freedom – with one of the many freedoms allowing people to question and change what the government does. However, I think that it is different when you disagree with our country’s fundamental values and lose your patriotism because of a false sense of victimhood. If you hate the United States of America, our flag, our anthem, and our values, why don’t you just leave?
You won’t because you know that leaving the United States of America would be a mistake – one that would leave you with less opportunity, less privilege, and surely less freedom.
Written by Unbounded Ambition Contributor, Madison Smith.