America the strong. Why I believe we will pull through these polarizing times.

I was born in 1974, so obviously I had no interest in government or politics for quite some time. I served in the United States Marine Corps, I was a mortarman & security forces. I am very proud of my service. We live in a country were citizenship is granted not earned, which is an incredible thing. If you are born here, America is yours too. Our 13 colonies went to war with one of the most powerful nations in the world to earn our freedom. Our nations founding fathers drew up a document guaranteeing freedom of speech, religion & numerous other freedoms many did not have. We fought against all odds & won. We earned our nation with blood, sweat & the lived of our soldiers. Throughout the next 80 or so years we had a couple other scuffles, worked on trade with other countries & strengthening our union. Then came our Civil War, not only did it break our nation, it pitted brother against brother in savage battles. So many fathers, sons, cousins & friends died it nearly finished our union. The South seceeded, the Norths generals were incompetent &President Lincoln struck a blow that altered our history for the good. With a stroke of a pen he freed African Americans from slavery, they still were not treated right but it was a start. We came through a Civil War a damaged but stronger nation. Ovet the next 45 or so years of insanity. Wid West, building trains, our industrial complex spinning faster & faster & America becoming a world power. We entered World War I & did what we had to do. Maybe 15 to 18 years later we entered the Great Depression, this almost destroyed us economically. But our Leaders rallied around each other, circled the wagons & fought to bring us through. Almost as soon as we came through this the Japanese hit Pearl Habor. We immeadiatly pit our military machine in motion & again did what we had to. Ues if we would have went earlier we could have saved more lives, but we didnt. Not to gloss over any important facts but this is not a real history lesson, it is just a way for me to show why I believe. Over the next 50 some years we were in the Korean War, made a mess of the Vietnam War, had terrorists take our people hostages & had the first Gulf War. Not to mention the Civil Rights movement led by Martin Luther King. A way to make all men equal regardless of color creed or anything. MLK was shot & killed , another American Tragedy, a great man meets a horrible end. But it started something that is still happening today. Many other things happened that effected our country but we always came out a stronger nation. Then 9/11 happened, a tragedy that was uncomprehensible. A terrorist attact flying planes into a landmark to kill innocents. We would of course hunt down the people responsible, we united behind a President no one really wanted. We went to war with Afghanistan. While at war the President gave our leaders false information about another country in order to push us to war. We invaded Iraq, we swamped them & list more people after invasion than during. Then our stock market crashed because of several reasons, but the one that sticks out the most is corporate greed. Obama swept into office in 2008, Tea Party swept in in 2010, Obama won again in 2012 & through all that part the GOP did everything they could to make him a one term president. When that didnt work, they just acted from spite. It feels as if our government is broken. But fellow Americans have heart. We have as a nation come through tougher times then this. Political polarization is nothing compared to the American will. It is tough now & our beliefs are shaken but if we stay the course, work for whats right, believe in community our AMERICAN SPIRIT will win out.

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