TAILS - Sayings to describe a cat's life.
My heart and prayers
go out to the victims of
terrorism and to their
This was posted on a list board in NY;
THE POWER OF ONE
As the soot and dirt and ash rained down,
We became one color.
As we carried each other down the stairs of the
We became one class.
As we lit candles of waiting and hope,
We became one generation.
As the firefighters and police officers fought their
way into the inferno,
We became one gender.
As we fell to our knees in prayer for strength,
We became one faith.
As we whispered or shouted words of encouragement,
We spoke one language.
As we gave our blood in lines a mile long,
We became one body.
As we mourned together the great loss,
We became one family.
As we cried tears of grief and loss,
We became one soul.
As we retell with pride of the sacrifice of heroes,
We become one people.
We are The Power of One.
We are United.
We are America.
by Dr. Cheryl Sawyer,
Professor, University of Houston
Clear Lake Campus
I received a copy of the following article
written by Barry Loudermilk.
I agree with him, it is passed time,
and we do need to take a stand.
Proud to be an American?
God bless AMERICA !!!!
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma School officials remove "God Bless
America" signs from schools in fear that someone might be offended.
Channel 12 News in Long Island, New York, orders flags removed
from the newsroom and red, white, and blue ribbons removed from
the lapels of reporters. Why? Management did not want to appear
biased and felt that our nations flag might give the appearance that
"they lean one way or another".
Berkeley, California bans U.S. Flags from being displayed on
city fire trucks because they didn't want to offend anyone in the
In an "act of tolerance" the head of the public library at
Florida Gulf Coast University ordered all "Proud to be an American"
signs removed so as to not offend international students.
I, for one, am quite disturbed by these actions of so-called
American citizens; and I am tired of this nation worrying
about whether or not we are offending some individual or their
culture. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, we have
experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Americans. However,
the dust from the attacks had barely settled in New York and Washington D.C. when the "politically correct" crowd began complaining about
the possibility that our patriotism was offending others.
I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against
anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to America. In
fact, our country's population is almost entirely comprised of
descendants of immigrants; however, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some native Americans, need to understand.
First of all, it is not our responsibility to continually try not to offend you in any way. This idea of America being a multi-cultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. As Americans, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language, and our own lifestyle. This culture, called the "American Way" has been
developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and victories by millions
of men and women who have sought freedom.
Our forefathers fought, bled, and died at places such as Bunker Hill, Antietam, San Juan, Iwo Jima, Normandy, Korea, Vietnam.
We speak English, not Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian,
or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our
society - learn our language!
"In God We Trust" is our national motto. This is not some off-the-wall,
Christian, Right Wing, political slogan - it is our national motto.
It is engraved in stone in the House of Representatives in our Capitol
and it is printed on our currency. We adopted this motto because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation;
and this is clearly documented throughout our history.
If it is appropriate for our motto to be inscribed in the halls
of our highest level of Government, then it is certainly appropriate to
display it on the walls of our schools.
God is in our pledge, our National Anthem, nearly every patriotic song,
and in our founding documents. We honor His birth, death, and resurrection as holidays, and we turn to Him in prayer in times of crisis.
If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the
world as your new home, because God is part of our culture and we are
proud to have Him.
We are proud of our heritage and those who have so honorably
defended our freedoms. We celebrate Independence Day, Memorial Day,
Veterans Day, and Flag Day. We have parades, picnics, and barbecues where we proudly wave our flag. As an American, I have the right to
wave my flag, sing my national anthem, quote my national motto, and cite
my pledge whenever and wherever I choose. If the Stars and Stripes offend you, or you don't like Uncle Sam, then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet.
The American culture is our way of life, our heritage, and we are proud
of it. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and
we really don't care how you did things where you came from.
We are Americans, like it or not, this is our country, our land,
and our lifestyle. Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right
to express his opinion about our government, culture, or society,
and we will allow you every opportunity to do so. But once you
are done complaining, whining, and griping about our flag,
our pledge, our national motto, or our way of life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great American freedom, the right to leave.
If you agree, pass this onto other Americans!!
It is time to take a stand!!
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