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Thank God for America!

24 November 2007

With Americans celebrating their Thanksgiving this week, some bloggers, including some non-American ones, have been making lists of things about America for which they thank God.

Elizaphanian, for example, refers to One Salient Oversight, and Stumbling and Mumbling, but none of those lists really spoke to me. Yet I take Elizaphanian’s point: many people outside America are critical of the USA, and post criticisms on their blogs. What are the good things about the USA?

Thinking off the cuff, I came up with three things quickly:

  • literature and music, especially jazz, which was originally uniquely American, though it has now spread to other places
  • counterculture, such as the Beats and hippies, and the tradition of dissent against their own country’s warmongering
  • The ugly American — which is the title of a book, but I refer to the eponymous hero of the book, who is a symbol of the best kind of American who travels to other countries, and helps people by getting alongside them and sharing good old American know-how. I have met many Americans like that, many of them Christian missionaries, and I thank God for them.

But I found the best list here, in a link from Just an Apprentice:

  • If grace, humility, and nonviolence are American… I am proud to be American
  • If global democracy is American… I am proud to be American.
  • If sharing to create a safe, sustainable world is American… I am proud to be American.
  • If loving our enemies is American… I am proud to be American.
  • I would die for the people of New York but I will not kill for them… my Kingdom is not of this world.
  • I would die for the people of Baghdad but I will not kill for them… my Kingdom is not of this world.
  • I will stand in the way of terror and war… my Kingdom is not of this world.
  • I will pledge an allegiance deeper than nationalism, to my God and to my Family… my Kingdom is not of this world.
  • I will use my life to shout, “Another world is possible”… for my Kingdom is from another Place.

I thank God that there are so many Americans like that.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. symphonyguy permalink
    25 November 2007 10:04 am

    …just stumbled across your blog…don’t forget baseball. Kurt Vonnegut said that in 1,000 years all anyone would remember America for would be baseball and jazz. Could be worse, I suppose…

  2. 2 March 2008 10:57 am

    Would you consider linking to the new film about Beat “inner circle” member, Gregory Corso.

    http://www.corsothefilm.com

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