Annie Peterson | Civil Patriot
Picture a family of four. Dad, Bob, is 43. He’s nice. Maybe too nice. Though he’s got a decent job he’s not really moving up the corporate ladder. In fact, he often gets passed over for promotions, even for raises. His boss has come to lean on him. It’s not that. Bob just doesn’t have the same clout as some of the others or the same initiative. He’s kind of lost in the middle of the pack.
Meet Bob’s wife, Judy. She’s sweet, too. Judy has big dreams for her family but wonders if they’ll ever come true. She works extra-hard at her job at a dentist’s office, but with two kids to raise, there’s only so much she can do, especially these days.
Meet Oscar. He’s nine. He’s got some learning disabilities, but he’s a great kid. Nothing big to worry about with this one. He’s got a terrific sense of humor and a resilient spirit. Oscar’s going to be just fine.
Now meet little Casey. She’s four. She’s a darling little thing with blonde curls and dimples on either side of that always-smiling face. Casey has just been diagnosed with leukemia. She has no idea what’s coming, and neither does anyone else in the family. They’re fighting to hold on—to their emotions, their healthcare, their finances, their faith, their courage. . .everything.
Bob adores his family and he’s desperate to make it through this crisis, but there’s only so much a middle-of-the-pack dad can do when the need is so great. He can only stretch his finances so far, and they’re just not adequate to pay the deductibles and co-pays for Casey’s care. And Bob’s niceness won’t buy him any special favors with those he answers to at work, those who determine his financial status. Sure, they’re sympathetic to his plight. His boss offers him a loan—at 23% interest. He takes it because he doesn’t know what else to do.
Now imagine Bob represents the country of America. It’s a great country. Very nice, as countries go. Nothing much to speak of, from a global perspective. Certainly not what one would call a super-power, so no one will be leaning on Bob’s America for advice or help. It’s right in the middle of the pack, kind of lost in the shuffle.
Bob’s America is filled with dreamers like Judy. And fairly normal folks like Oscar, just moving through their day. It’s also filled with those in great need like Casey—the sick, the homeless, the disenfranchised, the lonely, the forgotten. But, what can he do? “Just getting by” is hard enough.
Now think about the real America. Globalists say, “It’s wrong for Americans to aspire to super-power status! Nationalism is a sin. It’s prideful. We need to be more focused on the whole world, not just our own space.”
There’s some truth to those sentiments but let’s unpack them a little bit.
America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.
Harry S. Truman
When Bob kicks up his work ethic, he develops, as this quote from Harry Truman says, “an imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” He begins to take pride in himself, and (in turn) others respect him more.
When Bob is a force to be reckoned with, he won’t be overlooked at work. He’ll earn the admiration—not just of his boss but his peers.
When Bob is a power-house, he’s respected and he’s in a much better position to help—not just Judy and Oscar, but the Caseys in his world, as well.
When Bob rises like cream to the top of the pack, he’s in a better position to help others—in his neighborhood, his church, and so on. He’s got the resources and the passion, as well as the drive.
When Bob excels, his gives his children something to aim for. His actions say to them, “Follow my lead, kiddos! You’ll grow up to be strong, independent people. You will be the ones doing the loaning, not the borrowing, and certainly not at 23% interest!”
When Bob succeeds, he shines like a city on a hill, giving other countries something to aspire to.
Here’s the simple truth, folks:
When Bob does well, we all do well.
When America does well,
the world does well.
So, the next time someone says, “You’re into that ‘America-first thing,’ right?” just square your shoulders and say, “You betcha! I wouldn’t have it any other way!”
What I will do is put America first. People don’t like to use that term of “America First” but we’re going to make America great again by putting America first.
President Donald Trump