The men who
bombed Boston were misled. They were
fed some horribly distorted information about America and Americans. They are not alone. Many young people are being taught that we are
“the evil axis.” We aren’t countering
this disgusting propaganda by teaching our values, our point of view.
used to be proud to be Americans. I know
I still am. When immigrants came to our
shores we greeted them happily, helped them find homes, jobs, education, and
most importantly, we taught them what it means to be an American.
defy or defile their religion or country of origin – but we told them about
us. We told them about freedom of speech
and opportunity for all. We taught them
about honesty, ethics, and the contractual meaning of a handshake. We taught them that with independence and
freedom of thought came the awesome responsibility of taking care of oneself
and reaching out to others who were in greater need. We shared our commonality and accepted our
of ourselves as a melting pot – where people from everywhere in the world could
come, learn, assimilate, and become citizens of the USA. We were proud of who we were and what we had
somewhere we became politically correct and decided we were a mosaic, not a
melting pot. No longer was it considered
proper to teach our values. Somehow we
feared that by so doing, we were insulting their values.
hodge podge of mis-information is the statement that we are trying to take over
the world – that we are trying to “colonize” the rest of the world. But, that’s not true – we don’t take over
other countries – although sometimes we certainly do interfere too much.
So, the men
who bombed Boston didn’t have a counter to the propaganda they were hearing. They didn’t know their information was
wrong. How many thousands of other young
men and women who have been given only a negatively slanted view do we have to
find before we wise up and tell the story of America’s greatness?
OK – I’m off
my soap box for now!
Honest disagreement is
often a good sign of progress
Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress