My wife and I just finished watching the film “Invictus.” In my mind it ranks with movies like “Rudy” and “The Blind Side” as one of the most powerful testimonies to the human spirit ever put on film.

If you don’t know the movie, I recommend you make it a point to see it. The background in which it takes place, in the squalor and mistrust immediately following Apartheid make the power of what Nelson Mandela accomplished and the brilliance & sensitivity with which it was done all the more impressive.

There has rarely been a country more divided than South Africa was at that time. A nation in turmoil from within has no chance of even surviving, let alone moving forward.

At this point in time the USA is in the process of fracturing as we battle each other. We are in jeopardy of falling victim to the ‘bullies’ of the world who prey on the weak. And make no mistake about it, we are weakening ourselves. Already it has begun with the escalation of drug importation, the near complete disinterest in actually dealing with the huge problem caused by illegal aliens and the newest thing – US born terrorists targeting their own country.

When Barack Obama was elected he was given a real opportunity to become ‘Tata’ of us all here. There was a genuine chance to be a force for positive change, but he scorned that position. Rather he set out with a very divisive agenda while involving himself in character assassination of any who dared have another opinion.

I believe that it is not too late. I also feel that as much as I intend to point out wrongs when I see them, I have no desire to fall into that same trap. I am a proud American, and I am filled with Hope for our future.

This is the best country in the world. I have no desire to live in any other. And as long as I have the rights guaranteed me in the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution that will remain unchanged. I have no desire to be anything but an American. My wife and I are strong believers in family, heritage and tradition. Although my bride was not born in the USA and both her parents were originally from the Ukraine, she does not see herself as a Ukrainian American. Just an American. Why is that so hard for some people?

We are not defined by our bloodline, nor by our race, faith, or political affiliation. Here we are all separate individuals and sharing in the equal opportunity offered in this nation. Are there injustices and prejudices here? You bet! Just like everywhere else.

But if you don’t think there is real opportunity to achieve greatness here, you are very short sighted, or perhaps blinded by the ‘welfare mentality’ of expected entitlements. Talk to any immigrant (like my in-laws) who came here legally. They come because of how much better things are in the USA and the ‘rule of law.’ It seems to me that the people blind to how terrific this country is are the spoiled, lazy takers in our society and those who come here merely to take advantage of the freedoms offered to them to try to change those very freedoms.

We don’t need to “fundamentally change” the USA. We need to enforce the laws we have, live by the things that have made this a great place since 1776; the Bill of Rights and the OS Constitution. And we need to all pull together in our commonalities instead of separating based on our differences. It is surely possible to celebrate both.

Mr. Obama, we need a steady, caring hand of guidance, not the raised hand of threat and dictatorial rules. Be a Leader. Be a Public Servant. Help us all be proud Americans again. Please.

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