This Is Why America Really Is Great …

Written by Bill Thomas on July 3, 2018

President Harry Truman said, “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” On July 4th families will gather at the lake, have picnics, attend ball games, watch fireworks displays, and many other fun activities. It’s the mid-summer holiday. But it’s more than that. It ought to be a celebration of this great country called the United States of America.

President Donald Trump has taken President Truman’s words to heart. Throughout the 2016 campaign and into the first eighteen months of his presidency, he has fearlessly declared, “We will make America strong again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And we will make America great again.” After eight years of eroding American exceptionalism, we stand on the threshold of a new beginning. What President Abraham Lincoln said at Gettysburg, remembering fallen soldiers in 1863, is still true today, “We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

The United States of America stands tall on this Fourth of July because she is blessed with the greatest military on earth. The Business Insider in a June 18, 2018 article listed the top 25 militaries in the world. Standing at the top are the incredible men and women of the United States military. The U.S. military has led the way in fighting tyranny, standing for freedom and opposing superpowers who’ve tried to conquer territories and build empires by force. The United States has liberated more people from tyranny than any other nation in history. As you watch the “rockets red glare and the bombs bursting in air” on the Fourth, remember the men and women who risked and continue to risk all. They make America great.

The United States of America is renewing her commitment to be a beacon of freedom among the nations of the world. The United States was the first nation in history created out of the belief that people should govern themselves. The United States constitution is the oldest written national constitution in operation and has been a model for other countries as democracy has spread across the globe. In 2018 we are experiencing a revival of that wonderful freedom. Respect for the Constitution is becoming greater in our courts. Recent Supreme Court decisions affirm that.

The opportunity that President Trump has in selecting a new justice only makes the future brighter for those who value the Constitution. Freedom is empowering. In the United States today, freedom is afforded to more regular people now than has been in the last decade. Regular people have more economic freedom as they can keep more of their hard-earned money. Good jobs are more plentiful as unemployment has reached incredibly low levels. Small businesses are free from the shackles of crippling regulations. Remember as you gather with family on Independence Day, that the foundation of this great country is freedom.

The United States of America is standing firm in her commitment to be a leader in promoting religious liberty. Unlike many other countries, this nation was founded to be a place where all are free to worship, or not, as they please. Amid a diverse array of beliefs, many Americans draw strength from faith in God. “In God We Trust” is our national motto. We’ve had several presidents who’ve been quick to say, “Let us pray.” President George Washington said, “”It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” President Trump, noting the role of faith in our nation’s history, said at this year’s National Prayer Breakfast, “Faith has shaped our families, and it’s shaped our communities. It’s inspired our commitment to charity and our defense of liberty. And faith has forged the identity and the destiny of this great nation that we all love.” As you celebrate America’s birthday, be thankful that you live in a place where you can worship or not as you choose.

The United States of America is seeing the dawn of a new day. Dreams can become reality, and nothing is impossible. Our great country is a place where, if you are willing to work hard, you can accomplish whatever goal you’ve set. There are thousands of stories that describe amazing journeys of success: the daughter of a laborer who grows up to be a doctor, the entrepreneur who turns a hobby into a flourishing business, the immigrant who works hard and builds his own company. The American Dream is reborn.

There has never been a better time to be an American than today. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “America is another name for opportunity.” As you gather with family and friends today, enjoy the endless possibilities that belong to you, your children and your grandchildren.

Celebrate our wonderful country this Fourth of July. Pay attention to the words Lee Greenwood made famous. “I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me and I’ll gladly stand up, next to you, and defend her still today. There ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the U.S.A.”

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Bill Thomas
Bill Thomas lives in Washington, Missouri and is a professor at St. Louis Christian College. He's also on staff at First Christian Church in Washington, Missouri. He's authored two novellas, From the Ashes and The Sixty-First Minute published by White Feather Press of MI and three Bible studies, Surrounded by Grace, The Critical Questions and More and The Road to Victory published by CSS Publishing of OH.