The phrase “Make America Great Again” draws fire from every corner. Do those voices recognize what they are saying? What is wrong with wanting to make America great again?
Our citizens have paid a huge price defending our nation during war and national crisis. Were those sacrifices made in vain? Should all serving in our military, public safety and others protecting America hang their heads in shame for wanting our sovereign nation to be great? Who could be audacious enough to not want America to be great again?
It can only be a lack of allegiance to America. There are vocal anti-American voices capturing the spotlight. Voices whose allegiance lies apart from America. Voices whose objectives seek to destroy America.
America has always been the melting pot of the world. A nation who takes in all of the world’s poor huddled masses yearning to free. However, President Theodore Roosevelt noted that immigrants should be granted all the rights of citizenship “predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all.”
As a soldier, I swore to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. It is sad when domestic enemies of America are as strong a threat as those living on foreign soils. Maybe the current anti-American sentiment should be a wake-up call to all of us.
Scott Middleton, Southern Pines