Home of the Brave
On a recent flight to California I sat next to a young man from Hungary who has lived in the U.S. for 3 years. One of the first things I asked him was, “What is one observation of American culture you can share with someone who’s always lived here?” He responded quickly with the comment, “Americans truly don’t understand how easy life is here. Every American should be required to do an exchange study in another country for one year. That would change your land.” He grew up under communism and was only allowed to learn English. (a driving goal), in 1979 when he was 18.
As we go to the polls today, I am so grateful for the freedom to vote. There’s much that needs to be changed, but I was convicted as I read this quote from our 20th President, James Garfield, in a speech delivered to Congress in 1876.
“Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature. If the next centennial does not find us a great nation it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”