What makes the idea
of America so wonderful? The possibility of anything at all? That is
how I imagine people from far away places felt when they watched us send
a man into outer space and walk on the moon for the first time. We are the
ideal. We are the utopia. We are closer to paradise than they
could ever be. Closer than most realize. And some hate us for it They
harbor great disdain for they believe is the reality of America, where all
the streets are paved in gold and every one is rich and perfect. You don’t
know what you’ve got until it’s gone.
this is an age of extremism and in it teen angst is being used as a political
tool. Columbine allowed everyone to see inside the actual depth of
emptiness some kids feel, medicated or not, and what the outcome of that
torture could be.
Harris' and Dylan Klebold's actions only scratched the surface of the destruction
children could inflict in this country. Make no mistake, that emptiness they
felt is even more profound today then ever before.
to remember we are at war on many different levels. We face mass death brought
to us from radical-thinking people bent on a mission from God that will stop
at nothing to destroy us. It’s happening right now as you read this. It happened
a couple of days ago in Spain. It could happen again here in
this country right now. Do you realize that?
forming opinions and values through reflections of eternal, objective truths
or rather through modern forms of communication and technologies, hand-in-hand
with pop icons and Hollywood liberals who seem to dominate the entertainment
The leftist radical agenda seems to be resonating loudly from within pop
culture and has hijacked punk rock through selfish motives. What are
your motives ?
think punkvoter.com is a good example of a neo-shadow political organization
-- backed by special interest groups -- bent on removing at any cost what
they have defined as a “Regime” whose leader -- to them -- is an “
idiot son of an asshole?” Is that healthy? How will that make are country
better or safer?
see that what Todd Beamar and Jeremy Glick and so many other people did on
September 11 in this country as reflective of what Jesus Christ did for all
mankind? They sacrificed for a greater good and to save others. You
don’t have to go be Catholic to realize that. Isn’t that what Mel Gibson
was really trying to communicate to us. Sacrifice. Isn’t that what
our soldiers do for us. Isn’t that what America is. Isn’t that what America
represents? Isn’t that how we should see ourselves? As a great
idea whose possibilities are endless and subject to great success --
limited only to our collective imaginations and our willingness to work hard
and sacrifice. That is how I see myself. I see my country as I see
is how I see The United States of America for which I would fight and if
necessary give my life with honor if ever given the opportunity to serve
in uniform. You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. Vote for
Michale Graves is the former lead singer for legendary punk group the Misfits. His latest musical project is Gotham Road.
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