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Why I Still Love America

 

I am not one of the hate America crowd.

I think the luckiest thing that ever happened to me was to be born American. I did not earn it. It was a lucky accident of birth.

NOT PERFECT

America is not perfect. I will be the first to admit that. She has made many mistakes.

But that is no surprise. America is made up of people and people are not perfect. So no country on earth is ever perfect.

If you seek perfection here on earth I think you are going to be one very unhappy and frustrated human being; because you will never ever find it.

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So tomorrow, the 238th birthday of this great country, I will celebrate America!

I also want to share some things I believe America has gotten right. I want to honor America for the good things she has done.

These days we do not pay enough attention to what is right with America!

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WHAT I THINK AMERICA GOT RIGHT
1 ant 61. The Constitution

Our Constitution grants us life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It makes us – the people – the sovereign authority of the country. It protects us from wrongful prosecution, grants us freedom of religion, and gives us free speech and perhaps most important of all provides limitations on what government can do to her citizens.

We the people rule.

2. The Northwest Ordinance

After the Constitution many, if not most, historians call this the second most important document in American history.

It was signed into law in 1787, just a scant six years after the Constitution of the United States was officially signed by all 13 colonies that officially made us a nation.

One of the most important parts of the Northwest Ordinance is that it prohibited slavery in all new states created in the Northwest territory..

In other words, it took the new nation only six years to officially and in writing to right the wrong of slavery.

Eventually the Civil War was fought and formally abolished slavery all together in the United States of America.

3. Ending World War II

If it had not been for the United States of America entry into World War II we can only conjecture what the world would be like today if the Allies had not won World War II. What ever the configuration it would not be good and it most likely would not be free.

If it were not for our soldiers and our expertise, and our tanks and ships, and D-Day who knows how World War II would have ended. That influx of human-power was just the booster shot the West, the Allies, needed to turn totalitarianism around.

And we have kept that peace mostly around and throughout the world. Most of the borders that were set at the end of WW II are pretty much still in place today.

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4. The Marshall Plan

The Marshall Plan is also known as the European Recovery Program. After World Wars I and II Europe was devastated. We gave 17 billion dollars to Europe to help rebuild their economies after World War II.

“The goals of the United States were to rebuild war-devastated regions, remove trade barriers, modernize industry, and make Europe prosperous again.” (Source – Wikipedia.)

In that we succeeded and made the world richer and safer.

5. The Berlin Food Lift

In short the issue here was the West against The Soviet Union. Some historians call this the first skirmish of the West Vs the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

After WW II in 1948 the Russians were trying to take over all of Germany and make it a part of the Soviet Union. The long and short of the crisis was that the Soviet Union was blocking the West from getting food to the people of West Berlin in the aftermath of WW II. To avoid another war yet feed the starving Berliners President Harry Truman airlifted food and supplies and dropped it into Berlin thereby preventing another war, starvation of the Germans, and a shift in German loyalties to the Soviets.

Over 2 million tons of food and supplies were dropped into Berlin on 270,000 air flights over Soviet territory.

Thus Russia, the Soviets, did not put all of Germany under its totalitarian thumb because of this.

6. The Occupation of Japan After WW II

In short this was simply THE most enlightened occupation of a vanquished nation in the history of the Universe.

There were no Bataan marches like those that had been inflicted on Americans and other countries by the Japanese during the WW II, no slave labor, no mass starvation as were expected by Japanese citizens.

Instead, under the control of the United States and administered by Douglas McArthur Japan was peacefully and humanely turned into a democratic nation by fundamentally changing the nature of Japanese society and by routing out all militarism. America spent millions to get this right.

So successful was this humane approach that the Japanese people came back and beat us at our own game – making automobiles. And darned good ones too.

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IN CLOSING

Yes, America is not perfect.

Yes. America still needs to work on some issues.

However, I do not believe or think that is a good enough argument or reason to give up on America or throw her out with the bath water!

Wishing you a happy and a safe July 4th holiday!

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Featured Recipe    Patriotic Potato Salad

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Even my food today and tomorrow is patriotic!

What could be a more perfect side dish for your July 4th picnic?

It is easy and delicious, and patriotic too.

Plus there is new research out that purple potatoes (blue) are very healthy for you and can help lower blood pressure among other healthy benefits.

So eat up your purple  potatoes knowing your body will love you for it…..and your taste buds will too.

This is what you will need for 4  people:

1-1½ pounds red, white & purple potatoes

2 tablespoons country style Dijon mustard

1-2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

2-3 green onions

Couple strands fresh tarragon

Salt and pepper to taste

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Here is what you do:

Wash the potatoes and steam them until they are just tender, or to taste.

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While the potatoes are steaming, wash and slice the green onions. Set aside. Also roughly chop the tarragon. Leave a few tarragon leaves whole just for visual interest on the finished dish.

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Whisk together the oil, vinegar, and the mustard, and salt and pepper to taste.

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Doesn’t that dressing just make your mouth water? YUM!

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When the potatoes are done let them cool slightly. Then cut them in half and/or into fourths and place in a large bowl.

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Pour the dressing over the potatoes and gently toss to coat. I use a soft, plastic spatula to move the potatoes so that the dressing sinks towards the bottom of the bowl. Then I use my fingers. Taste and adjust for seasonings if necessary.

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Mmmm Mmmm Good!  This is just soooooo delicious!

Place potatoes on a serving plate and scatter with the green onions and the tarragon.

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Can be served warm or cold.

Bon appétit!!!
Cost

1-1½ pounds r, w,& b potatoes         $3.49

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard             $0.43

1-2 tablespoons olive oil                   $0.32

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar           $0.26

2-3 green onions                              $0.36

Couple strands fresh tarragon           $0.50

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost =$5.36
Cost per person = $1.34

Quote of the Day

How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy.

Paul Sweeney

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9 comments to Why I Still Love America

  • I’ll be celebrating. America is still filled with bright, competent, happy people.

    I want to celebrate with blue potatoes!

  • cindy

    Very thoughtful and informative post. You are a very special lady. Potato salad looks yummy too!

    • Roberta

      Thank you, Cindy. Glad you found the piece thoughtful. Happy you liked the potato salad too.

  • I love my country. My dad has always said, “America may not be perfect but it’s the best of the imperfect.” Happy 4th! Love the potato salad recipe!

  • Carol Sternberg

    Great piece on America Roberta! I am first generation American (Norwegian) I love this country and proud of my Norwegian heritage as well.
    I just purchased the potatoes this week. Thanks for the recipe!
    Happy 4th…..

    • Roberta

      I am second generation Hungarian. Like you, Carol, proud of heritage and proud to be an American. Glad you can use your potatoes. Happy 4th.

  • A bit late I know, but thank you for all those reminders of the good that America has done for the world. I am not one of the many Canadians who think it is smart to be anti-American.

    If not for our big neighbour to the South, we could well be on the wrong side of the Iron curtain as a province of Russia.

    The world has needed a policeman since WW2 (and still needs one) I would much rather that policeman wear an American uniform than a Chinese or Russian one.