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America The Beautiful, The Land That I Love

Updated on November 1, 2017
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

I Assume Nowadays That Love of Country Is Not Politically Correct

This photo taken in Golden State National park makes me happy.
This photo taken in Golden State National park makes me happy. | Source

I Pray Every Morning For My Leaders

Maybe my perspective is a lousy one. Perhaps I look for good and find it. Maybe I should look for bad and find that. I have 4 blankets left in my garage and 5 bottles of water. I should restock as the cold months will hit my homeless buddies. My seven year old looks forward to hiking the canyon where they live. Sure we like tracking coyote but we really like the weirdos that live off the grid.

I should think about our safety more - perhaps. Mums the word with mom. And she does not like my boy playing out front and venturing over to Ms. Webbers house for cookies or over to John and Mary's to play with Ralph the dog. I think he is wise to my watching his every move. But that is part of the dad and boy cat and mouse game.

We have four retired veterans within spitting distance. We do not do enough for them. But it seems they like us to drop by. Little boys seem to light up old folks lives. I suppose that that lightens them up to my ugly daddy mug. We hold hands as we walk, not to protect each other but because we like the feeling. At about six my son rejected it but later that year he insisted.

I Grew Up Respecting Men Like This

We just do the love America things. The boy's mom was born and hidden from the Viet Cong. By golly she loves this land working for our local base.
We just do the love America things. The boy's mom was born and hidden from the Viet Cong. By golly she loves this land working for our local base. | Source

Two Nights Ago

It was late and we were doing that crazy snuggling with our boy between us and my wife blurted out that we should do more because our hood is pretty much poor. So as we chit chatted we made plan. Canned goods are probably the least healthy these days but better than empty cubbards. If we scrimped a bit we could do a dozen or so at the dollar store and take them down the road to the section 8 housing. My wife is all about that Christian notion of helping. I just follow her lead being a retired preacher man and all that.

What is the target of helping? Who needs it and can it get to the children? I just left the box of can goods at the entrance to the apartments. Maybe they were snagged up by a meth addict and sold for drugs. Do we really ever know if silent good deeds help them in need or just go wrong?

Let us get this straight we do good for ourselves. It makes us feel good. I reckon that is bad. I got a hug from a really disgusting smelling and looking bum the other day. I went home and showered. But I felt good about the fruit I bought him at our local bodega where they call me pops. I am on the north side of young.

I Some Times Feel Alone. But My Lovely Wife Tells me Not

I Live In A Place Known As Fighter Town USA

There is a love that consumes us if we let it. I do not have a handle on it. When I get it I will let you know.

I walk out my door and see my immigrant neighbor and get chills.

There is a great deal. It is the deal of Freedom. Have you ever just given thanks that your toilet flushes. I do because I used to crap in an outhouse. I really see some hatred going on. I think all our elected officials are awesome. I think Hillary is awesome and I think that crazy POTUS is doing great. From my home state I respect my man McCain. I think Bernie brought great things to the forefront. I like cops and sheriffs. I feel bad that we leave some behind and let them down. But if I judged me the same way that others judge my USA I would drop dead in shame.

I remember picking up a hand full of red dirt down the road and sticking my nose in it. It was a piece of my land as later that day I stood buck naked and the rain cleaned me.

This is not my land. It is our land and I am glad for everyone who is part of it.

If you do not get this next song. I am sorry. It is about city folk and us nut cases of the country. The horse I rode for the Miller brand was Willy. Willy would try to knock me off by hitting branches. Oh lordy that first time he got me on my sad busted ass, wow that hurt. I got up and Willy just looked at me and somehow did a horse smile. That son of a bitch and I did a many a mile and I loved him.

That is America. If I am one piece of it I am prouder than a man ought to be. And I respect and am happy that you live here or elsewhere and move you country in our direction.

Jerry And I Tipped A Few Back in '75. It Was A Rodeo

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      bradmasterOCcal 4 weeks ago from Orange County California

      Eric

      Accomplishments of Hillary Clinton

      By Bill Burton, former senior strategist for Priorities USA Action, a super PAC in support of President Barack Obama.

      It’s kind of hard to pick one accomplishment for Hillary Clinton. Personally, I’m sure she’d say her daughter and grandchild are her greatest accomplishments. Professionally, how about these three?

      1. Her China speech on women.

      2. Her role in killing Osama bin Laden.

      3. Management of the State Department during which time we saw a 50 percent increase in exports to China, aggressive work on climate (particularly at Copenhagen), and the effort to create and implement the toughest sanctions ever on Iran—helping to lead us to the agreement currently on the table

      #1 China

      China has hit back at US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton after she called President Xi Jinping “shameless” for hosting a meeting on women’s rights at the UN while continuing to persecute activists at home.

      A strongly worded editorial in the fiercely nationalistic, state-run newspaper Global Times likened Clinton to Donald Trump, a “demagogue” whose popularity is based on his “big mouth”.

      “It seems that Hillary, eager to keep a competitive edge in the game, has also resorted to these ignominious shenanigans,” the editorial said, calling her a rabble-rouser who has thrown away her decency and reputation in order to gain a leg up in the election.

      Hillary Clinton takes aim at rivals but has no qualms about playing gender card

      Read more

      In his first visit to the UN general assembly in New York, Xi pressed for the world to step up efforts to improve women’s rights, despite his own country’s detention of feminists and activists.

      The special session was organised to mark 20 years since a landmark UN conference on women in Beijing at which Clinton, then the first lady, had given an influential speech promoting women’s rights as a fundamental universal right.

      Brad says -- Twenty years and it is still not settled. To be beneficial it needs to have helped a lot of people, and here it hasn't helped at all.

      #2 Osama Bin Laden

      How did killing Osama Bin Laden help at all? Had they captured OBL he might have been useful in explaining the attacks on America in 1993, and 911. His perspective as the named master mind of 911 could have answered many controversial questions. But killing him and then disposing of the body just adds more questions.

      #3 Management of the State Department.

      To date, we clearly see no improvement as Iran, and North Korea are still out of control. ISIS was created by neglecting Iraq and Afghanistan is still a major problem for us. The Middle East is in turmoil, Russia is now a major crisis. While this didn't happen all during here State Dept time it wasn't resolved as a non issue. The Russia Ukraine conflict was part of that.

      Hillary Clinton and Obama gave the Russians a sweetheart deal by giving them 20% of all US Uranium production.

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      Also, what has she accomplished during her time in politics from the 1960s till now. Is it an accomplishment for her not to concede the election to Trump. Didn't that create the foundation for splitting the country in two even more so than the Civil War?

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      just to give you a preview.

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      bradmasterOCcal 4 weeks ago from Orange County California

      Eric thanks

      Not a problem.

      My take on awesome when applied to a political figure is that they have accomplished something very beneficial for the country and the people.

      JFK averting war in the Cuban Crisis and getting the missiles out of Cuba is an example.

      Ronald Regan bringing down the Wall in Germany was another example.

      Dwight D Eisenhower Creating the National Highway system is yet another.

      Examples that are not beneficial include LBJ escalating the Vietnam to the level of a war, and committing hundreds of thousands of troops. Then losing the war.

      George H Bush and Ronald Regan, the Iran Contra and throwing Ollie North to the wolves.

      Carter for not dealing effectively with Iran and the American captives.

      George W Bush for not properly handling 911, and for invading Iraq followed by Afghanistan

      Bill Clinton for his misuse of the White House as a Motel 6. Also he didn't properly handle Osama Bin Laden after the terrorist attacks on WTC and the Navy.

      Both Bill Clinton and George W Bush for artificially allowing the economy on bubbles. While the president doesn't have control of the economy, they can influence congress to do something.

      These are good and bad examples and they center on accomplishments achieved or failed.

      In my opinion, accomplishments are objective rather than subjective.

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      Eric Dierker 4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Brad I am sorry for taking so long. And I am working on it.

      I am not a surfer or a Jesus freak. So I take awesome to mean extremely impressive. Or you could also diminish and just say impressive. As thus: extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear.

      "the awesome power of the atomic bomb"

      synonyms: breathtaking, awe-inspiring, magnificent, wonderful, amazing, stunning, staggering, imposing, stirring, impressive;

      That is the concept I have/had in mind of awesome.

      I will address further as we develop,

      Again - my apologies - "that delayed is lessened in value".

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      bradmasterOCcal 4 weeks ago from Orange County California

      Eric

      OK lets start with the Hillary Issue as you have defined the template. The key to this issue is a agree upon definition of accomplishment. As I have stated in the past an accomplishment is more than an effort, a goal, or an idea. An accomplishment is objective rather than subject, and it is more like Kinetic Energy than Potential Energy.

      Good intentions are not accomplishments. FDR may have had good intentions, but the result of his SS pales in comparison to what the government has done for its employees retirement. Submitting bills in congress and even passing bills is not an accomplishment. An accomplishment would be a passed law that actually benefits the country and the people. For example, passing a law that increases the marginal tax rate for the "rich" is not an accomplishment. The reason is that the rich have a whole book full of tax helpers called the Internal Revenue Code. Look at the many billionaires that have significantly and in some cases doubled their millions since 2008. What do you think about the definition of terms in the issue being defined?

      As this was originally your statement, then it seems logical that you take point, and I will take counter point.

      You have put a lot of thought into this arena, so I think that you should be the host.

      Maybe we should come up with a fresh article (hub) to launch this experiment. You would then be host and moderator as some people think I am outside their guidelines in articles and questions.

      I suggest that Hillary starts us off, but as Host the call is yours.

      Remembering veterans gone and those of today that active or inactive.

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      Eric Dierker 4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I don't think rule of law is the only confines. It can be moral or sociological or even theological. Just like in law we can challenge each others "rule"

      OK first format, so others can follow if not then why not just write private emails.

      The first Is “issue” and that takes out the personal. For example.

      Issue: 1. What is awesome about Hillary Clinton? What has she accomplished during her life that is worthy of the "awesome"?

      Would be changed to; Has HRC accomplished enough in her years of public to get a high approval rating and “awesome” as a public servant?

      (Kind of two but that works here)

      Rule: Public servants such as HRC should be judged on accomplishments. The longer the service the greater the accomplishments should be. Length of service is a small part of that value.

      (and the fun part)

      Application: (I will just say a few words here but this would be the meat after we have established our parameters)

      Hillary has served in both the Senate and as Secretary of State. The world did not lapse into chaotic war during that time period. Some of us Americans also hold that her term as First Lady should be counted as a man prospers as he is supported. (leave out the ugly of Bill he served two terms) This part is the cool argument part. With maybe some facts to back it up ;-)

      Conclusion: Basically why our position is correct, based on the foregoing.

      Then we can go responsive like a debate or counter points or we can just set forth our own IRAC and do the arguing in the comments.

      (I like the second)

      Then I would hope we have some opportunity for like Carb Divas’ Q&A or Billybuc’s Mailbag.

      Who hosts?

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      Eric Dierker 4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Brad sorry for going so slow. As you know anything that slightly has to do with Veterans and we just go nuts over it.

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      bradmasterOCcal 5 weeks ago from Orange County California

      Eric

      Not sure that a Law School Test answer function like IRAC can apply to political questions.

      Let us see.

      1. What is awesome about Hillary Clinton? What has she accomplished during her life that is worthy of the "awesome"?

      Issue: Hillary Clinton is Awesome

      Rule: I would suggest that the criteria for awesome be set in accomplishments that are beneficial to the people and the country.

      Application: I am unable to come up with any of her actions that would meet the rule.

      Conclusion: Hillary Clinton is NOT Awesome.

      Statement for IRAC

      I think Bernie brought great things to the forefront. I like cops and sheriffs. I feel bad that we leave some behind and let them down. But if I judged me the same way that others

      judge my USA I would drop dead in shame."

      Note: ISSUE: Each statement can contain multiple issues as it does in law school tests. Each issue would be followed by RAC.

      Issue:

      Bernie Sanders Accomplishment - Great Things in Forefront. Cops and Sheriffs.

      Rule:

      What is expected of a presidential candidate?

      Application:

      Cops and sheriffs is really a local issue and not in the job description of a national candidate for the presidency. I don't have enough context to comment on the last two sentences in the statement.

      Conclusion: Because Bernie Sanders was running for the presidency, the cops and sheriff issue is not really a great thing, but it is a thing. Unfortunately, it is not presidential meaningful.

      Eric

      Maybe you can give some examples on your IRAC answer.

      The focus should be on content, not personal. Just like the news should be about events, and not opinions.

      R in IRAC is Rule of Law, unfortunately in politics rules and law are intentionally missing. After all that would force a response that would be less hype. Rules of law supported by Stare Decsis apply to the original fact situation that the appellate court made its decision. So, deviations from that fact situation can be used to argue against applying that rule.

      I in IRAC would be a legal issue, to which a rule of law can be applied. Issues would be facts of the event or situation and out of that can a law be applied.

      Was there mens rea to apply to an crime where intent is an element.

      If there was no breaking could Burglary be concluded from the facts.

      All I am saying is how do we apply a legal IRAC analysis to politics and morals. Considering that Equity no longer has a court, just a remnant of its original self. Like Specific Performance.

      Let me know what you think on the IRAC.

      Thanks

      Eric

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      Eric Dierker 5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Brad I have copied and pasted your points on to word. There is a very true rule that "he who defines the issue wins". But I accept our challenge knowing that.

      I will be using the IRAC (Issue, Rule, Application and Conclusion) method.

      I propose on each we try to distinguish, even though clearly they blur, between Moral Imperatives and Political ones.

      Ground rule one and two: We are not what the call snowflakes, verging on personal attacks no big deal. And the second is that we both wear big boy pants so being bullied is not an excuse to avoid an issue.

      It seems to me that anyone who pays attention will make their own call, attacks really cannot help and cause.

      Your thoughts and publishing?

      I have no idea for sure but I am thinking one issue per week. And I am thinking also it last longer than the 9.

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      bradmasterOCcal 5 weeks ago from Orange County California

      Eric

      Thanks for commenting on my comment. I did mistake McCain as coming from CA as I see your profile showing CA. My bad. I do see that AZ the once real conservative state has been slowly turning away from that position. Maybe it is the many people that moved their from CA. :)

      I would enjoy a point counter point on the content of issues.

      We could start with the 9 points in my previous comment.

      Thanks again

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      Eric Dierker 5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Brad that was great to lay out you side of our side of the debate. 100 % We have this right to debate. Just a little personal matter. You are real smart and spell it out for us very well.

      McCain is from my home state - Arizona. There is a picture of my sponsor to the academy in CS Colorado, Barry Goldwater and Regain putting stars on McCain Senior before all those great men passed. So back aways I also met Junior.

      And I met Sandra Day O'Conner in her very early days as a State Senator. I was a boy scout and in her great love of scouting she invited us every year to visit the capitol with a tour and a citizenship lesson.

      I reckon all that personal stuff is just about growing up in a small population state. We did not learn politics we learned people

      That is also why I write intimately of things I espouse.

      And then having a child as the second in command (sense moved on) of the DCCC gives a good Beltway perspective.

      And then I was trial for maybe 100 suits under the Tort Claims acts of CA and US. (my first were for Hopi and Navajo clients back in AZ.

      I suppose we could go back and forth writing legal briefs.

      But in my dotage I spend enough of that consulting and writing complaints on cases that strike my fancy. And even those SOB's do not hire me for boring citations they hire me to tell a story that will grip a judge.

      Now all that adds up to this. We have different perspectives. And I honor yours and hope you honor mine.

      One last thing let us co-author a point counter point article on our perspectives it would fun for us and if to boring for folks it will not me my fault ;-)

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      Eric Dierker 5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise I just had the waving deal today walking home from my son's parent teacher conference. After I left up from before school "walkathon they have every day with great parents doing the job so teacher's can prepare for lessons. I waived at parents and their children who I know from my son and some parties. Mail lady was out early so some waving there. Two veterans with their wives headed out to a Veteran painting therapy class they go to.

      Crazy Mrs. Weber getting into her car to drive at 88.

      Yep if I took in that we declining as a nation I would have to discount what kids from 4 to 94 are getting including free 3 times a day meals if they need it.

      Thanks for reminding us.

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      bradmasterOCcal 5 weeks ago from Orange County California

      Eric

      You say

      "There is a great deal. It is the deal of Freedom. Have you ever just given thanks that your toilet flushes. I do because I used to crap in an outhouse. I really see some hatred going on. I think all our elected officials are awesome. I think Hillary is awesome and I think that crazy POTUS is doing great. From my home state I respect my man McCain. I think Bernie brought great things to the forefront. I like cops and sheriffs. I feel bad that we leave some behind and let them down. But if I judged me the same way that others judge my USA I would drop dead in shame."

      1. What is awesome about Hillary Clinton? What has she accomplished during her life that is worthy of the "awesome"?

      2.What Hatred do you see going on? By whom, About what? What is your definition of Hatred?

      3. Outhouse? How about the lead in the Flint Michigan home water supply, this century!

      4. You also think that our elected Officials are awesome. These awesome officials have been the reason that the United States of America has been in decline since the 1970s. Even today they can't put their political differences behind to come together for the benefit of the country and the people. The two political parties are as far opposites as are religious people and religious non believers.

      5. POTUS is doing great, Why is the name of POTUS not mentioned here?

      6. Senator John McCain has done nothing for California or the US. Do you really think that California is doing great, is it awesome? details?

      7. Bernie Sanders, really. Socialism is it the new course for America! Personal performance should be rewarded and lack of it should not be rewarded. But socialists treat just showing up as equality. The people at the top of socialist countries are elite, and therefore very different from the people.

      8. Speaking out on what we think about the USA should not be construed as hating the country. It is a fundamental right to do so and with every right there is a limit to it. When speech turns into action that is criminal, it is no longer a right. The courts determine that crossing of the line. Unfortunately, the US courts have become more and more political rather than impartial.

      9. The USA today is shameful. We have one congress and they don't work as a team for the common good of the country and the people. We have one president and congress should work together with the president for the common good. We have lost every war, by my definition, since 1898. Yet, we continue to be at war on a regular basis. The last constitutionally declared war was WWII. Congress has not declared another war since then. Yet, for 14 years we had the Patriot Act passed even though no war existed.

      Note: My comments were based on your own words, and not you personally. Try it.

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      Denise W Anderson 5 weeks ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      We don't realize what we have here in America. I hope and pray that we will before we lose it! I live in the great state of North Dakota. We can still wave at somebody we don't know when we are going down the street, and no one thinks any worse of us. We stop and help strangers without fear that they are out to get us. With all the stories of mass shootings in the media, one is beginning to wonder!

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      Eric Dierker 5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ken nothing less than I would expect from a good man. I especially appreciate you checking out comments. I am so blessed that people thinks stuff and share it.

      I am lately a bit uneasy. As folks tell me to go "public" with sermons - so to speak. I hope we note none, if there some advertisement. I rode as a cowboy for some now short time. And I have long wrote for my money. But not public. Just as ghost writers for politicians and attorneys and such. I am hired to do the personal aspect of ones life. Of course I also am a jury picker. Not no saint here.

      Oz seems to preach intolerance. That got no place here, if it did my wife would have left me long ago.

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      Ken Burgess 5 weeks ago from Florida

      Eric,

      "Yes I am deleting OZ's comments maybe he can write his own hub. But as the song above reminds us. You might want to ride for your money rather than write for it. Maybe he aught to get a horse."

      By all means, please do so, you wrote a wonderful article, and have some great responses here from a variety of people, save for one person who is essentially assaulting you on your own article, that is why you are given the ability to delete responses on articles that are yours, so they can represent the type of conversation and information you want to share and show.

      This article, including the replies to it, should reflect what you want to have others exposed to. I for one, would be pleased if I were not exposed to the hostile rants against you, it takes away from the message and tone set here.

      Feel free to delete this reply, as it is not really a response to what this article is about.

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      Tim Truzy 5 weeks ago from U.S.A.

      Hi, Eric,

      I'm sorry I didn't respond earlier, but I wanted you to know your story inspires and was told with sensitivity and intelligence. I should have expected as much from a man who has spent a portion of his life trying to educate others about our country.

      Our heritage is American, and I would stand and defend Her with you guys any day. God bless Her perfect imperfections.

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      Eric Dierker 5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Yes I am deleting OZ's comments maybe he can write his own hub. But as the song above reminds us. You might want to ride for your money rather than write for it. Maybe he aught to get a horse.

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      Eric Dierker 5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Jackie your point is so real and meant to be considered here in Fighter Town USA.

      My rep. is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. Just Attended a kind of town hall meeting of hers.

      She works her butt off for are men and women who serve and have served.

      I do not swing with a bunch of her liberal notions but have voted for her something like 25 years (is that possible?)

      She is a persistant, patient fighter worthy of our troops.

      There are good ones out there that make me proud to be and American.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 weeks ago from The Beautiful South

      There are so many to help, isn't there? My dad having been a Vet I am all for helping those and for any leader who does that. They have given us the freedom and good lives we have and now they deserve at least to eat and have good health. Those who ignore that will never get my support.

      We give a living to non-American strangers and let our Vets go homeless and die? I hope that is changing and I think it is.

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      Eric Dierker 5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Really true Venkatachari M. The synergy across the globe is great, I feel it every day.

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      Venkatachari M 5 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

      True, Bros Eric and Manatita.

      Afterall, we are human beings first and then living in distant regions. These physical barriers shouldn't hinder us in our love towards one another and towards the whole humanity.

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      Eric Dierker 5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Doesn't it speak volumes that I who lives in the USA is enriched by another country's poet. Let no ocean or border or creed stop us from our natural love of others.

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      manatita44 5 weeks ago from london

      So right. We are all one. America's greatness lies in this Truth which its early patriots practiced and its artistic giants revealed by pen and service. Yes, may your son continue to be blessed and grow wisely.

      Brother Venkatachariji, you always contribute so much!!

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      Eric Dierker 5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Venkatachari M. Your comment just made me go in an interesting direction.

      I think people on earth help make America great. Somehow we have developed a duty to shine for others. That is one of the best gifts we could have -- to strive is good to strive for others is a gift.

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      Eric Dierker 5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita your wonderful poetic words really touched me. It reminds me of off riding an old horse before dawn. And it reminds of waking up my four kids to experience a star studded night.

      We are all one. The best inheritance my children will get is a oneness.

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      Venkatachari M 5 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

      Manatita and Tim,

      I read both of your comments just now.

      Welcome, Manatita, after a long gap of time. Your nice poetry is awesome revealing your love for the country just like that of Eric and Tim.

      I am glad that all you wonderful people are spreading the love for the country and trying to remove the hate from those hearts of others.

      I once again repeat that one should love his country and his people in spite of all those minus points here and there.

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      manatita44 5 weeks ago from london

      We live in interesting times. I suspect both you and I are old enough to see the changes and to reminisce on some of the old memories. Yet we carry on... we strive to Love and America is most certainly a beautiful country.

      The pioneering spirit, the music, the great heroes, the joy in struggle, hard work ...todos. God bless America.

      "The Soul of America Rejoices

      A twilight evening, a new dawn beckons;

      Hope blossoms in the Heart of man.

      The soul of America rejoices,

      As freedom suddenly sings its melody.

      The Tao of dauntless courage,

      Heralds yet another promising sunrise.

      Rejoice, O my soul! Victory to the hour of God.

      The minstrels dance from heaven;

      As sweet trumpets sound with gusto.

      The joyful tears of the Heart, fill the skies.

      Into a river of copious Love,

      The Spirit of the Founding Fathers,

      Float on the crest of silvery wings,

      Kissing the Light of the moon, in peerless bliss.

      -Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. Copyrighted 3/July, 2017

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim it is nice to make your acquaintance. (is that too old fashion?)

      I just hate it when someone like you comes along and makes a comment better than my hub. LoL

      You brought to mind "heritage". I think somehow my immigrant wife did not just join our great country. I think she adopted our heritage. I spent a few years teaching both ESL and Citizenship classes. What a blast. One room filled with Ethiopians, Koreans, Peruvians and Croatians. And everyone became Americans. I tootled down to the immigration/citizen ceremonies and somehow it changed my life.

      Thanks for being you.

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      Tim Truzy 6 weeks ago from U.S.A.

      Eric,

      Your article was very inspiring - we Americans are willing to give each other a chance to fail and succeed. It's interesting - Ray Charles was banned from Georgia for several decades for not segregating his concerts. Now, "Georgia on My Mind," done by the Ray, is the state song, and Ray Charles received an apology.

      Many of our ancestors left their homes (forced or voluntary) to come here. It's a mess, but we keep succeeding? Why?

      I don't like DJT much, but he still is my president. He's an idiot some days, but many people around the world probably think we are idiots. A short list: (landing on the moon, leaving countries for religious reasons, innocent until proven guilty, creating computers and the internet, making the atomic bomb, etc.)

      FDR is one of my heroes, but you probably appreciate the fact he got us through W.W.II, like I do. (Wow! And he was an American with a disability!)

      I'm joking, but I think you get it. We just keep surprising the world. More than hoping Trump go away, I would love for him to exhibit a little more class and not so much bad ass. We have been moral leaders of the free world on occasion. God bless America. God bless our allies and friends, too.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Give me the straight forward word for word quote.

      And let me give you some American history for free. We had this guy that was called FDR. He was and probably should have been brutally criticized.

      He was a cripple, was mostly in a wheelchair. He never whined about life.

      Being a color or a gender or a cripple here in the USA does not give you a free pass. We pride in equality. And so sorry but that means we are equal.

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      Oztinato 6 weeks ago from Australia

      Eric

      Why are you avoiding talking about Donald's public bullying of a disabled man? It's a bad sin.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well I reckon I will let God decide. You false prophets are a dime a dozen. Condemn this and condemn that. I just love that you judge others. Good on you for not living here but judging.

      Isn't Tony Abbott the likeness of Trump? You need to clean your own side of street before you complain about ours. You have no right to complain about America as you do not live here. Your perspective is only CNN. Come walk down my street. Or just be lame and parrot, you have no idea about how we live and prosper so much better than Australia. Beat us at one thing including treatment of indigenous. What the heck you still have a queen. Get over it.

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      Oztinato 6 weeks ago from Australia

      Eric

      You have failed the test of being a true Christian. Dismally.

      The record is clear about Donald. His behaviour is appalling and unchristian in the extreme.

      Obama's great legacy of getting the USA though the gfc and leaving a more economically healthy USA is claimed by a high school quality bully.

      Of course you fail to mention Robert Mueller etc.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am so down with you with the criticizing. It is so vital. It is for sure healthy. It is America and it is fantastic and marvelous. Can you even imagine a world being lead by Nixon or LBJ or Carter. And now we have this megalomaniac capitalist guy leading the world and getting support from Brexit London to Amsterdam and the whole EU. Russia even backed off in the Ukraine and reduced action in Syria. And then that scum dog in NK is bartering rather than threatening. Iran now has to take up second stage as it is now clear that unless they want a MOAB up there proverbial keester they better act better.

      Did you see the labor reports. Lowest unemployment numbers since about 1973 with several million new in the work force.

      Oz I have no idea where you really hale from but my neighborhood grocery store is thriving and has job openings because they are booming. My 7/11 has a sign out for applicants, my bodega has just hired a new guy -- who by the way knows his produce.

      Just what Detroit slum are you living in. A brand new handicapped playground at our school and a program with funds to help 5th graders mentor with 1st and 2nd graders with training and supervision. And that don't even cover the food program and sports and music and art.

      My roads are awesome but our water has too much chlorine and flouride -which we are working on. My democratic rep. is awesome and I will attend a town hall with her tomorrow.

      What kind of garbage are you getting from the news? It sure as puppies pee ain't America where my immigrant wife works at the Naval Exchange. Have you evenwalked down a downtown street here and felt way comfortable with wife and child?

      I think you need to back off. Our America is doing just fine and even better than a year ago, by chance maybe.

      And I think you need to take at least one law school class before you think you understand American jurisprudence which without doubt is the finest justice system in the world for at least two centuries.

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      Oztinato 6 weeks ago from Australia

      Eric

      Have you ever heard of Robert Mueller? Or North Korea?

      It is impossible to have a logical discussion with people who believe legal investigations into corruption is just false news.

      How can a real Christian condone what we are all witnessing. Donald should have been booted by any decent Christians when he publicly mocked a disabled person. Shame.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Linda that is a great saying. It reminds me of my sporting years. We would repeat "see it, be it".

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      Linda Lum 6 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, it's all about loving one another. "Be the change you want to see."

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda here is a thought I hope you like; America is you. You are what I want to be a part of. One by one is what makes us one.

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      Linda Lum 6 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, Is our country perfect? Of course not. No place is. But would I want to live anywhere else? Not for a moment. Blessings to you and your family for wanting to help others.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi friend Venkatachari. I know I write about my home. But I friends from Argentina to Croatia and Tibet. We are a happy crew. Maybe not enough water outside of Mexico DF and I worry a bit about our struggling Africans so we do our best to donate our best.

      It seems that the universe has given me a favor to write about. A chore I adore.

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      Venkatachari M 6 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting and entertaining post. It tells how sincerely happy you are. I enjoyed reading all it and the comments below also. I also feel happy with my country and more so with the entire universe to be a part of this beautiful place in spite of all its weaknesses and limitations.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill, our lives are just amazing. Fresh tomatoes today and trim some roses for my lady. And we write because we have the freedom to. Rock on I say rock on.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey Tim, it is always great to hear from you. Here is something funny; I eat avocados at least twice a week. And since I have known you I think of you in the greatest Avocado producing place in the USA.

      Perhaps I should write about our workers who tend the tree groves. Good people. Maybe not all documented. But ner' the less our people.

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      Bill Holland 6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm with you, buddy! I do love this country and am pretty darned happy I was born here.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey Patricia I just tuned to a job report I like to check in on. Oh my! Oh my! Think thusly if you would. Our unemployed number is the lowest since 1973. That is not a percentage but a number even though we have millions more people. And our lay off numbers are better than since Reagan.

      I was whining about my cancer on Monday. We lost my mother in law about a year ago to cancer, in a backwater town called Cu Chi outside of Saigon.

      The look on my wife's face was worse than a hard slap for whining.

      We are so grateful to live here. I actually live because of the benefits of our country. Perhaps it does not make me win but it gives me the opportunity to.

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      Tim Mitchell 6 weeks ago from Escondido, CA

      Awesome article Eric!!!

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Oz. Has anything changed for the worse in America over the last year. My school district just got a federal bump of about 1 million$.

      The clinic up the road hired to more nurses with federal funds. I know two VA users who just effusive at the changes. I know two good men who just got jobs in construction.

      My streets are paved and cleaned twice a month. We have not had a power outage in the last year. My son gets an awesome lunch every day with local produce, for like 2$.

      Where does all this "sky is falling" stuff coming from? Especially from an Aussie who we are opening up trade with as we get rid of NAFTA. Is your American neighborhood worse off?

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      Patricia Scott 6 weeks ago from sunny Florida

      Well said...and not said often enough. My Father instilled in me and my sisters a deep impassioned love for this country despite whatever failings it may have....he said...it is the best. And I agree. We have so much freedom.....we can rant and rave and carry on about this and that issue and this and that political figure and it is okay....we are given the right to do so....not so in many places around the world as you know. And some take this freedom one of life's most precious commodities and abuse it.

      I feel like Pollyanna when I extol the wonders of our country....but feeling so blessed as I see others who are barely scraping by enjoying the freedoms we share, I try to reach out and do more without letting them know from whence the help came.

      The last year I was blessed enough to teach my class was filled with 20 excited curious 5 year olds. The theme for our end of year program was THIS LAND. It was a musical and we sang many many patriotic songs.....I hope those little ones carry those songs, the meaning of them, and the joy in their hearts and minds today...Thank you thank you thank you again and again for sharing this.

      Angels are once again on the way ps

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      Oztinato 6 weeks ago from Australia

      The hope is that the real spirit of the USA will vigourously prosecute the patently obvious current abuses such as the crass nepotism, the election fixing, the racism, collusion etc etc.

      I have a smidgen of hope that these current good Republican led prosecutions will quickly snow ball and end their evil twin white "Republican" Donaldite supremacists.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ken, it is a pleasure to have you comment. I look up to your respectful manner on difficult subjects. You provide critical analysis without rancor. (mostly ;-)

      I would hope that in our debates that we are some of what makes America great.

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      Ken Burgess 6 weeks ago from Florida

      Good read. Good enough that I don't want to take away from it by bringing a retort to the political rant/reply below.

      Some things just should be appreciated for what they are, I would say this piece by you fits that bill.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well it is good to hear from you Oz. I understand that you do not like my sentiments. I respect you for yours. But it is a strange notion that; "the USA as we know it could be finished." I think many people voted for our current POTUS for exactly that reason. They want that idea that we need to get to it and correct the USA as we know it.

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      Oztinato 6 weeks ago from Australia

      I agree with your opening line: "Maybe my perspective is a lousy one" but at least that is honest of you.

      We the people around the planet are looking on in horror at what is currently happening in the USA re the imbecile Donald. A very dangerous white extremist element has been unleashed; one that cuddles up to resurgent Nazis.

      Unless the honest republicans end the current fiasco, as indeed they are trying to as we speak, the USA as we know it could be finished.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh I seriously hope that I was not a wet blanket on dissent. I love it. I was suspended from high school for an underground newspaper.

      I put on that black arm band to protest our involvement in S, Asia and marched right down that main street. I fully loved marching with my buddies of color and native American right.

      Not a damned thing happens here that is not hard fought. Thanks for caring and go ahead kick some butt for me!

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      ahorseback 6 weeks ago

      Who ever denies that my friend Eric loves not just America .....but all that comes from us as American's , is in for a bloody nose . ........:-] I know I actually contribute to some negativity my friend but ........well I mean well ! You sir , are God like in what you teach your children .