Tom in Iraq as a Military Observer

Tom in Iraq as a Military Observer
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Saturday, December 5, 2015

It's time to American Up!

It is time to American Up.  That’s right, we need to take all of our differences, diversity, and dialogue and use it to make ourselves better.

We have been divisive and derisive enough for long enough and it needs to stop.  Your side doesn’t have to win every issue.  I don’t have to be right every time.  Maybe you can’t remember a time when we actually listened to each other, respected each other, and looked out for each other, but we can move towards that time.  It doesn’t have to be something long lost.  It can be our American Aim—a United Goal if you will—for 2016.

We don’t have to value a black life more than a white one, hate police officers, or bomb abortion clinics.  We have a lot of differences among us, but we are Americans and it’s time that we stopped acting like a bunk of hoodlums.  We don’t have to hate refugees to honor veterans.  Are we not a nation grand enough to do two things at once?  Can we not help those afflicted by war and respect those who stepped forward to serve with honor at the same time?

Can we not tell our politicians, “Enough!  I am not listening to another word that bashes someone.  Tell me what you will do or why we should vote for you, but enough with the put downs of other honorable men and women in the arena.”

Enough with hating people because of their faith.  If you are a Christian as I am, then fulfill your commission—proclaim the good news and do it with love.  If you belong to another faith, then live what your faith truly says.  Don’t let anyone hijack it in the name of their secular cause.

If you are an enemy of the United States, get ready to get your ass kicked big time.  We are through fighting among ourselves.  You are our target.  If your faith compels you to attack the people of this nation, then expect to die.  The one true God has not set you upon this course, so as much as I would like to reach you with good news of life in Jesus before you launch your attack; because I haven’t, then expect not only to die but to burn in hell.  You are servants of the god of this age (That’s Satan for the biblically illiterate).

I am really not a big fan of telling people to burn in hell, but if you have declared war on my country, Burn Baby Burn!

That last part really speaks to only a few who have made it to this country to do us harm.  If they wanted, they could just sit back and watch us destroy ourselves.  We have been fighting each other for too long.

But that time must end.  It must end now.  We must unite as Americans, tolerate our differences better, synergize our diversity, and be the light to the world that we can be when we are at our best.
We are better than we have been for the first 15 years of this century.  We became selfish, self-centered, and just outright lazy.  It is time to reignite our pioneer spirit, bring out the ingenuity that vaulted us to world prominence, and quit fighting among ourselves.

Look ahead with optimism that we can work together once again and truly live as brothers and sisters in this nation that so longs to be great again.

It is time.
It is time to American Up!

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