The Poet

The Poet

Opinion Piece by Ron Porter, Page 3, August 13, 2017

 Somebody commented on a Face Book post, complimentary to my country, with this condemnation of the United States. It seems she was confused as to whether the image posted read U.S or displayed the word "us". her comment is below, in blue. My response is in violet.

 If that's just US, that's flipping awesome. If it's U.S., then I may disagree with some of your points. We have a really big ego, but I don't think that it has always been justified.

· Reply · July 5, 2016 at 1:58am
Ronald S Porter
Ronald S Porter Yes Irene, it has always been justified. The United states has helped more people, saved more countries' freedoms, provided more aid in time of need then any other country in the history of the world. During the cold war we even gave grain to our enemies so that the innocent might eat. And after we had defeated our greatest enemies, we The United States of America are the ones who protected them from being pillaged and plundered, rebuilt their cities industry and held out the hand of friendship to them. And, we never asked for even a "thank you"in return, we did it because that's what we do. Over four hundred years ago my Ancestors came here as slaves; now a Black man sits in the oval office; many sit in CEO seats, corporate executive boardrooms and seats of power at every level of government. Have we committed sins? Yes. Have we spilled blood? Yes. But we do not even begin to approach the evil that other nations have perpetrated for twelve thousand years. No country has ever achieved our level of power and not used it to subjugate and, exploit every nation in its reach. At the end of World War II, we had the ability, and means, to become the sole power on the planet and crush all other nations into the dust. Instead, we packed up and came home, because we had finished the job we set out to do. Our system of government, based on The constitution of The United States or America is the greatest provider and protector of individual rights that has been written since alphabet was invented. So yeah, we have have a big ego; but it is not in the context that most people use it , to mean "arrogance" or "conceit". We have a big ego in the sense of strong identity and rightful pride. We have it; we deserve it, because The United States Of America is the greatest nation that has ever existed on the face of the earth. History bears me out and I thank God Himself that I am blessed enough to have been born a citizen of the United States of America. If you do not agree....well you are free to do that because, and only because, this is the U.S.A.

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