Monday, July 03, 2006

Tony Blair: What It Means to be an American

This is a repost of a May 31 article but it seemed fitting for July 4, 2006. Happy Fourth of July everybody!

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has spoken so well on so many occasions about why we fight the Global War on Terror. But, one of my favorites is his speech to Congress on July 17, 2003. Not only does Blair know why we fight, he also knows why we're proud to be American. Here's an excerpt:
"Tell the world why you're proud of America. Tell them when the Star-Spangled Banner starts, Americans get to their feet, Hispanics, Irish, Italians, Central Europeans, East Europeans, Jews, Muslims, white, Asian, black, those who go back to the early settlers and those whose English is the same as some New York cab driver's I've dealt with ... but whose sons and daughters could run for this Congress. Tell them why Americans, one and all, stand upright and respectful. Not because some state official told them to, but because whatever race, color, class or creed they are, being American means being free. That's why they're proud."

He's right, you know. I've traveled throughout Europe and central Asia. Everywhere I've gone, alone or with friends, the natives have told us they can tell we're Americans. Now, keep in mind, this is often before we've said a word. When I ask how they know they say, "We can tell. Americans just carry themselves differently. You don't even walk like everyone else."

Please read the whole speech. It still rings as true today as it did 3 years ago. And it will fill you with a pride and appreciation for how truly blessed you are to be an American.

(Cross-posted for the 4th at Hang Right Politics)
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