I stand. Even if I Stand Alone. Here’s why.
I was never taught anything but Racial equality by a great parents in a great country that I love! For me, The USA always been about all people of all races, who come here legally as citizens, becoming a great melting-pot of people learning to live, work and worship together in a very diverse country.
The best hope for all men and women and diverse people to have the best life together is still in the United States of America, which I celebrate today! If no man stands with me, then I will stand alone! Because America is not only about social civility and justice, which is certainly a great part of our great country! But America is also about individual rights.
If You choose to kneel, while I choose to stand at the flag of this great country, then I will respect that right & honor your choice; as long as you do the same for me: and allow me to stand! Because my father taught me another great principle. My freedom ends where your nose begins and vice versa. Freedom must be expressed in Liberty not the wild will of rebellion, for it to work for us all!
I stand today and celebrate my country on its birthday! Because when I stand, I stand for me and you! I stand for equal rights. I stand for Good, when I stand reverently under God and Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America!
I never make political statements. I love left and right and have my own persuasion that I usually keep to myself. Yet standing for the principles on which this country was founded is not political. It is survival! It is the very glue that holds you and I together in honor, respect and civility, as citizens of the same country.
My father would roll over in his grave and kick my behind should I ever fail to be proud of the country that he fought to protect in World War II. I do not stand because it’s popular. Because, today it’s certainly not. But I stand because I believe in the combined principals of individual liberty AND social justice. In fact, that’s what it means to be an American. I hope I celebrate today with many of you! But if not, then I celebrate alone. And ask God to bless on this Independence Day, this greatest of all experiments in human development; and to bless you and all my fellow citizens. And I ask Him to bless our commitment to each other. Which is what being a citizen in this country that this great country is supposed to stand for! That is why I stand today and pledge allegiance afresh to the United States of America! Want you join me?
It does not begin or end in Washington. It begins and ends with me and you, as fellow citizens! When we pledge Union to each other. We do not pledge compliance to each others ways. But we pledge to work together had to get along, so that independently together; we can build the wonderful fabric of a healthy Society.
We may express our ideals differently. We may have different ideals. But we can learn to acknowledge and tolerate one another with respectful, courteous and healthy attitudes. I will practice this myself and invite you to join me, my friends, and hope that we can all Join one another in a union of acknowledged and appreciated diversity, in a UNITED States of 🇺🇸 America.