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As Time Goes by with Rich O'Brian: America

By Rich O'Brian

June 28, 2023

I consider myself a patriot, although I cannot honestly say what that role’s requirements are. For example, must one need to be a United States uniformed military veteran or one currently serving in the military? I posed that question to an American military veteran and he said a patriot is one who loves our country no matter his or her status.

Learning that to be a patriot all I have to do is love America was a surprise to me. Learning that is what caused me to realize that that there are those who actually hate the United States of America. What? Yes, they actually hate the greatest nation on earth and want to change it.

Isn’t it ironic that there are those in this nation of ours that actually want America to become a socialist nation? It seems ironic since it was the then former President of the United States, Ronald Reagan that knocked the Soviet Union back on its heels with, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” I think those folks need a little history lesson!

I’ve had the privilege to visit a number of countries in Europe, Asia, South America and the islands of the Caribbean. I found there to always be a great interest in America by the people there. Wherever I’ve traveled, I’ve answered numerous questions about the United States. Most questions are about the freedoms we enjoy in our country; Have you noticed that people are not standing in line to enter other countries? America is the only country where they will beg, borrow or steal to get into. And as you are aware, that’s what they are doing at our southern border.

I’ve always enjoyed my visits to other countries. It has been educational and the people are interesting. The only reason I would ever want to reside in any of those lands would be to live there temporarily as a missionary.

Now, this isn’t to say that our free nation is perfect by any means. There are those amongst whose ill-informed approach to governance often strip us of our freedoms. Our liberty is constantly under attack by those inside and outside our boarders who would do anything to bring us down any way they can as well.

We are about to celebrate our nation’s Independence. Of course, among our freedoms are the privileges to celebrate with barbecues, picnics, ball games and the like. But we must not forget to once again pay tribute to those who loved our country enough to make the ultimate sacrifice, not to mention those suffering with PTSD, mental illness or physical injuries.

We would do well, in addition, to express our appreciation to those among us who serve our interests whether military, law enforcement, fire safety, public health, medical needs or spiritual well-being.

Next week, here in The Garden and all over the United States of America, we will celebrate the 247th Anniversary of our great nation.

Happy Birthday, America.