As my readers know, I have traveled the world extensively. Although I love so many international destinations, my favorite country on earth is the United States of America! Why? Here’s 5 reasons, along with some of my favorite quotes about the U.S.A.
1. America Inspired Worldwide Democracy
Did you know that the United States of America is the oldest democracy in the world? Many Europeans talk about how the U.S.A. is such a young country, but on the contrary, we have the oldest continual republic and constitution in the world. After our forefathers established our great nation, democracy began to spread around the world like wildfire, starting with France and continuing to this day. It’s amazing how many of the world’s governments have modeled their republics after the U.S.A.
I am writing this article from Charlottesville, Virginia (home of Monticello), the very town where Thomas Jefferson prepared his mind to write the Declaration of Independence. On this special day I would like to endorse the words of Benjamin Franklin: “Where liberty dwells, there is my country.”
2. America is the Land of Opportunity
One of the greatest characteristics of the U.S.A. has always been its liberty and opportunity to thrive. Countless people have left their homelands to escape tyranny, poverty, and starvation. I’m so impressed by how well these entrepreneurial-minded people thrive once they land on the fertile American soil.
Just yesterday on Charlottesville’s main street I met a lady who escaped communism in Hungary and worked her way to the U.S.A. She has a fantastic little toy store, and her eyes beam as she talks about the opportunity she’s found in the U.S.A.
Two minutes later I met a Tibetan man who was selling Buddhist jewelry and art in his booth. His family, and entire nation, was thrown under the wheels of communism while in Tibet, when China invaded their country in the 1950’s. He loves America.
Five minutes later I met a Chinese lady named Lobsang Jigme who recently opened an antique Chinese furniture company called Oyster House. She left Bejing, China to find liberty here in America. Now she has multiple store locations and warehouses in Virginia. All of these wonderful people are proof that America is still the land of opportunity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “America is another name for opportunity.”
3. Government of the People
As a republic, the United States has always been run by the people, not by dictators or kings. This liberty and synergy have allowed the American People to prosper under the least-oppressive government on earth.
Thomas Jefferson said: “I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.”
4. Expansive Beauty
As much as I love Europe, Asia, and the tropics, none of them are as expansive as the United States of America. Whenever my international friends visit the U.S.A. for the first time, they always remark that America is so much larger than they imagined.
From Zions National Park to Yosemite to the Smoky Mountains, America is filled with some of the most beautiful and expansive destinations in the world. I am amazed at how well America has preserved its open space, and treasured its natural wonders…we’re not perfect at it, but we try.
5. Most Diverse People in the World
America has never been made up of a single similar demographic of people, but has become a melting pot of beautiful cultures from around the world. When someone says that they dislike Americans, they really mean that they dislike all the people in the world, because we are a wonderful mixture of all the beautiful people from around the world!
On this special Independence Day, please remember some of our most amazing citizens: the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Thank you!
Take a minute or two and forget all the bad things about America. Shut off the negative news for a day, and ponder on how grateful you are for the United States of America.
Why do you love America? Tell me in a comment below.
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