There are Americans that do horrible things, and it makes us all angry.
But there is a United States that is more prevalent than our government. It stays quiet for a while, then shows up when other Americans are hurting. It is people, like you and your wife, who contribute anytime another American is in need. If it is left up to the government, it will be screwed up regardless of who is in power. Just look at Katrina, both Republicans and Democrats were inept. But individual Americans and private relief organizations stepped up, and in fact were hampered by our own government.
After Pearl Harbor, Admiral Yammamto said, " I fear all we did was awoke a sleeping giant." The giant he referred to was not our government, armed forces, or a political party. It was all the average, typical Americans in the United States.
I'll tell you the story of my experience with the Murrah Building bombing someday, too long and not enough time right now.
My point is, in this great country, there are more people like you than people like them. Unfortunately it doesn't make good news copy to report on the true Americans. The relief effort required people to go in harms way to crawl, looking for survivors. But it also required people to help out with the tremendous cost of the operation. Your contirbution was as heroic as any other. As one American to another, I thank you.
I want "I wish I had one more day to spend at the office" on my tombstone.
Post Edited (CapninHapnin) : 9/12/2006 11:56:18 AM (GMT-6)