There was a time when Americans were unashamed and eager to display their patriotism. There are many accounts of heroic individuals or events, in Americans storied past, where the qualities inherent in our early settlers - integrity, honor, character, conviction, courage and fortitude - were conveyed in correspondence or in written accounts of those individuals and events.
But look around you. Think of everyone you know. Thinking objectively, how many of them truly possess those qualities? Do you even possess them? Would you be willing to die to protect someone else's right to liberty? Even if yiu didn't know them? Even if they were not American?
Here's a letter, written by Lt. Col. William B.Travis. Ever heard of him? Probably not. But I bet almost every native Texan knows who he is. So why don't all Americans?
Commandancy of the Alamo------
Bejar Fby. 24th 1836
To the People of Texas & all Americans in the world------
Fellow citizens & compatriots------
I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna ----- I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man ----- The enemy has demanded a Surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken ----- I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the wall ----- I shall never Surrender or retreat
Then, I [call] on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & every thing dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with an dispatch ----- The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this can is neglected, I am deter mined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country ----- Victory or Death
William Barret Travis
Lt. Col. Comdt
P. S. The lord is on our side-When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn--- We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels & got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves---
So, would you have the quality of character to stand against such adversity, knowing that your fate was surely sealed? What percentage of us would do so? One percent? Less? That's a sad commentary on just how far the character of America has deteriorated. And how is it that we care more about accepting the rituals and traditions of other cultures, and incorporating those rituals and traditions into our lives, while simultaneously we demonize and ignore much of our own?
Remember the Alamo, and why those men stood their ground despite the odds against them. And then try to visualize what it meant to be an American 170 years ago, and why 170 years ago we had the respect of the the whole world. Notice we have little respect today. Perhaps it's time to be American again. What do you say?
Stand With God, Stand Fior Liberty, Prepare To Fight For Both!