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American at Heart

Updated on October 21, 2012
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I am a very patriotic American. I fly a flag at both the front and back of my house every day unless it is raining and I support our troops and tell them so at every chance. The Pledge of Allegiance means the world to me and the Star Spangled Banner sends chills down my spine every time I hear it ,unless it is butchered and made into some sort of rock song or is warbled by some singer and is destroyed. I discuss politics with whomever will listen and I enjoy debates. There is one other thing I do and that is respect Senators, Congressmen all elected officials and the President. These people deserve the respect their office has given them no matter if the person in that office is not someone I voted for. I did not vote for President Obama but he is my President. I am tired of the racial jokes and the goofy song that are everywhere. What is this teaching our grandchildren. Do we teach them to hate and ridicule a man because of his color? In 1958 I entered the first grade. Dwight Eisenhower was in office. I know this because we were told of him and his record as a soldier. In 1960 we did a mock election in class. I did one of my first book reports on John F Kennedy who won the election. In 1963 when he was assassinated I felt the grief that a nation felt. We are now heading into a new election and it seems that the only winner to come out of this mud slinging lying campaign of both Republicans and Democrats are the foreign schools making fun of our election process. I don't even want to watch the television for fear of one of those commercials. They tell us nothing about the candidates. What they do tell us is lies and exaggerations. Fact checkers have called them out about it and still they go on. Both candidates told lies and half truths during the debate thinking maybe once we heard it we would believe it. Again I am ashamed at what my young grandchildren are hearing. They will end up not respecting anyone. It will all be some inflammatory email or song or an altered picture. As an American I protest. I will stand by and respect whoever is elected as my President, Senator or any elected official. If it is someone I don't agree with I will vote again in four years. That is the American way.

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    • Wayne Brown profile image

      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I am afraid that optimism and the hope for it will not save us from the grip of socialism if Obama sees another term. Sadly the majority of our nation does not recognize it when they see...we no longer teach such things in our schools. For that, we will pay a price if things go beyond this election. I applaud your patriotism, your optimism, and your good sense not to have voted for Obama in the first place. Now, if only more people will make that choice the issue will be resolved. Thanks much. ~WB

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      6 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      My sentiments exactly. We are all of the same nation. Voted up and shared. Thank you for this hub.

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      Alex Zelahy 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you for you comments also by debating and discussing these things I feel we can change them, but maybe I am just too optimistic.

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      Alex Zelahy 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      Wayne I feel you are missing my point. That is why we have elections. I already said I did not vote for Obama but he was elected so I will support him as our elected President until the next election. I am just tired and ashamed of the way this election is going. Satire is one thing but the whole thing has gotten out of hand with the Super-Pac funding on both sides and the negative ads.

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      Bob Zermop 

      6 years ago from California, USA

      Nice to hear an attitude like yours, alzel. I'm also bone tired of the crazy partisanship, fundraising wars, and insane lies. I like free speech, and debates. I'm a big fan of satire and comedy, though, and I'm proud to be an American every time I hear a ridiculous policy ripped apart by satirists. I'd say that incredible free speech is damn American too. :D

      But that doesn't mean I like or support the mudslinging and negative ad wars that do nothing but cloud the political process with partisanship and negativity. Here's to hoping for a better age in politics, someday!

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      You miss the point... America has elected a socialist and a closet communist to office yet you are so in awe of your "so-called" patriotism that you cannot see the dangers of this man in the office. Look beyond the office and look at the man who is surrounded by socialists and proud self-proclaimed communists, a man who had been supported for more than twenty years by Bill Ayers and his ilk. If you care about this country believe me, the last the thing you should be supporting in this man. ~WB

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