In today’s mad technology filled world, when you speak out or make a stand, you are immediately open to criticism which ranges from hurtful, to illogical to using the buzz words of the day. I have experienced all of these, but I also get another kind which I wish to address with you today.
What additional criticism do I get?
- You’re not American, mind your own business.
- Why should I care what an Irishman thinks?
- What would an Irishman know about America anyway?
When I get these comments, I always want to ask those individuals one simple question – What would you have me do? Let me explain.
If you are walking along the streets and you see a complete stranger stumble or fall, is your first not instinct to help them? When you are leaving a building, do you not hold the door for the person behind you? When you are at home watching TV and ad comes on seeking donations to help kids, or people with illnesses or a wounded veteran, do you not make a donation? Of course you do. The American people are some of the most generous people in the world and it just another reason why your country is the great.
Now put yourself in my shoes
America is not a stranger to me. You are not some stranger stumbling on the street. America is the country I have loved from an early age but it is also the country I have dreamt about calling home and God willing one day soon I will. Your people and history have inspired me every day by proving there really is no limit in life. The history of America is the story of making the impossible, possible. In two hundred and forty short years you have overcome the super-power of the day at your founding to become the super power of the 21st Century. Your people have innovated and created everything from the plane to the car to the internet to electricity.
I am also inspired by your Constitution which made all of the above possible and changed not only man’s relationship with his fellow man but also with their government. It might seem common place and normal for some American’s, but the concept of god given inalienable rights and belief in the individual has not travelled to many other countries.
So if it’s normal to help a complete stranger, WHY is it so wrong that I seek to try serve the country I love?
Being a Follower!!
I could very easily be a follower in life. I could have followed the example set by the vast majority of my Irish family, friends and Church and believe in Utopia and think how wonderful it is to live under Socialism. I could believe in the power of government, speak about unions and promote the “rights” of the working man, pit man against man depending on their wealth and think in terms of the collective. I could have followed the popular route during the last ten years and promoted how America sucks and called your people war-mongers. I could have followed the thousands of Irish people who said screw US Immigration laws and became an illegal alien – heck if I had travelled that path, I would have more rights than the American people currently do. I could have even followed the typical Irish path for religion and stayed a Catholic. Man how different and easier my life would have been if I was only a follower of everyone and everything that surrounded me.
I really don’t know why I am one of the few awake today. If I ever get to meet my heavenly father I will be very interested in finding out why he picked me to wake up.
After all, there is nothing special about there. I was never the smartest kid in school (was not even close), I don’t have any fancy degrees, am not the greatest speaker, don’t have the best ideas, nor am I easy on the eye.
In fact the only special thing about me is something I cannot take credit for. I am a firm believer in Christ and the Holy Spirit and I firmly believed he touched my heart and mind and told me to question everything and never be a follower.
I am sorry if this offends anyone, but quite honestly I don’t care. I am not here today to do what’s popular, what’s easy, what another man says I can do or what they feel comfortable with and I sure ain’t here to support politicians or political parties.
I firmly believe we are at a Y axis in the road. I believe there is no middle “safe” moderate road left to travel anymore. We must now choose real liberty and freedom or finally succumb to the Leviathan. Simply put the battle today is liberty or tyranny.
I am not in this for fame, fortune or to be popular or to win. I am in this because it is the right principled thing to do and right now America needs some help. I will link arms with any patriot who is willing to stand for your history, your founding principles, your founding documents including the Declaration of Independence and your people. America has given so much to the world, so this Irishman is going to start paying America back serving any way he can. God Bless.