The following post is part of my participation in Blogging 101. Our assignment was to blog a response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “I Pledge Allegiance.”
Indivisible? I’m not so sure any more. Read a news paper. Check out Facebook. Watch the debates. At every turn it seems like there is an idea, group, or person trying to tear this country apart. Ask anyone, and they’ll tell you in their opinion on why the country is going to hell. In fact, Google “This country is going to hell” and you’ll get about 196,000,000 responses. Well, now 196,000,001.
I don’t agree with everything going on in our country right now. I don’t get our obsession with celebrities we’ve never met and idolizing those with the least morals. I don’t understand how people can care so much about a lion in a foreign country they couldn’t find on a map when there are people starving and struggling around them. I don’t understand why people ever take up smoking when they now know it is unequivocally bad for your health. And I REALLY don’t understand common core math.
But there are still so many good and wonderful things about this country. I could point out the obvious and talk about our infrastructure, our court system, public education accessible to all, public health care and the most abundant and stable supply of food in the nation. These systems, any public system, can always use improvements. But at their core, these systems are fundamentally sound and readily available to all.
But for me, the good things are much more personal.
Wyokiddo will know innocence. She will grow up in a place where she can still run free. A place where she can play in dirt, throw rocks and catch frogs. And when she’s old enough, she can go to school and learn about all sorts of extraordinary things. She lives where kids can be kids, instead of having to start working in their family farm or factory. She won’t have to stay at home to take care of younger brothers and sisters while her parents work to provide a meager existence for her.
Wyokiddo will know the beauty of nature. She will see mountains and streams and deserts and canyons, all largely untouched by humans. She will see elk and moose and grouse. She will watch bald eagles soar high over head. She will have the opportunity to hunt. She will learn the responsibility of being a meat-eater and make a first-hand connection between what we eat and the price that animal pays for our satisfaction.
Wyokiddo will have a chance to attend college and choose a career of her choice. She can be a doctor, an engineer or a teacher. She might not go to college at all, instead becoming a self-taught wildlife photographer. Or a dancer. Her future is up to her, not pre-ordained according to any religion or pre-determined by her government.
Wyokiddo will have a chance to marry a person of her choosing. Or not marry. We hope it’s a man and that he has a really nice ranch in northern Wyoming, but hey, parents have to dream…
So my pledge to my country is this…I pledge to remember that America still leads the world in the principles that matter most: the rule of law, equal rights, and freedom in just about every sense of the word. I pledge to focus on what’s right with the U.S.A. and remind my friends and family just how lucky we are to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. She’s not perfect, but she’s closer to perfect than any other country in the history of the world. And that is more than enough for me.