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Posted July 04, 2021

Sean Ring

By Sean Ring

Five Reasons I’m Happy I Was Born in the USA

Hope you had a wonderful 4th yesterday!

It’s a short Rude today, so you can get right back to your holiday.

As Pam and I were celebrating our 10-year anniversary, it was nice to reflect on our relationship, our son, and our future while on the beach.

But this year also marks my 10th year of not being a US citizen.  I’m still happy with my decision, but there are some great things about The States that I probably haven’t said yet.

    1. How did a ragtag bunch of rustics beat the British in the 1770s?
    2. The sadness of small countries bragging about small accomplishments.
    3. Public education in the 80s.
    4. The togetherness of the 80s and 90s.
    5. The sheer amount of accomplishments in 245 years.

How did a ragtag bunch of rustics beat the British in the 1770s?

Even today, I don’t think people genuinely understand how big the British Empire was and how hard a task it was to break away from the largest empire the Western world had ever seen.

Read Walter Isaacson’s biography of Benjamin Franklin to get a sense of how even that great Founding Father didn’t want a war.  In fact, he wanted an Imperial Parliament and the British Empire to conquer the world.

I don’t know about you, but that’s not what I was taught in history class.

But the “no taxation without representation” brigade would not be denied and so the Colonies went to war with the greatest war machine ever assembled...  and somehow won, despite their great General losing far more battles than winning!

Thank heavens for the French emptying their treasury to fight the English on the Colonies’ behalf.

Once Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, the new country came into being.

Later Adam Smith would be proved correct in that the UK didn’t need political control, but free trade to lead the way to economic success.

Politically, the UK turned east after the American Revolution, the War of 1812 notwithstanding.  But trade with its former colonies flourished.

The sadness of small countries bragging about small accomplishments.

Brazil winning the World Cup.  New Zealand and South Africa winning the Rugby World Cup.  Australia winning the Ashes (a cricket tournament with England).

English F1 fans cheering for Lewis Hamilton because he’s English.

Anyone who watches the Olympics at any level above sheer curiosity.

To quote our beloved former President, “SAD!”

I’m no fan of war, but sports have become a proxy war.  It’s embarrassing.

And luckily, I’ll never understand it.  Because I was born in America.

Public education in the 1980s

I’ve read more Shakespeare than most of my British Commonwealth-born friends.  I just don’t get it.  The richness of the literature made it to Hasbrouck Heights High School, but to barely anywhere in the former British Empire?

You wouldn’t believe it unless they told you.

Not everything was fabulous, and I’m certainly not classically educated, but I was prepared.  That’s more than I can say for most kids these days.

Homeschooling has never been a more attractive option, and for good reason.  But it wasn’t like that in the old days.

The togetherness of the 1980s

Remember when you could have a normal, interesting conversation with differing viewpoints with a Democrat?

It’s been a long time, I know, but those days were great.

No outrage, triggering, or name calling.  Just a good old-fashioned debate about where the country should go.

But that’s when America had a loyal opposition, something that’s long left its shores.

The sheer amount of accomplishments in 245 years

There was only 66 years between Kitty Hawk and the moon.

Think about that.

Not even seven decades between learning to fly and learning to fly to the moon.

Insane.

Imagine what we’d be doing nowadays if we weren’t worrying about deadnaming, triggering, critical race theory, and pandering to a crowd that probably won’t even watch your movie.

“Beam me up, Scotty!” wouldn’t just be an exclamation, it might have been a reality.

Here’s a list of American Nobel Prize winners.  If you can get past Kissinger, Krugman, Gore, and Obama, it’s a list to be proud of.

Well, that’s all I’ve got today.  It’s good to remember things we ought to be thankful for.

God Bless America.

All the best,

Sean

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