President’s blog for the week of 26 June 2017

President’s blog for the week of 26 June 2017

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Grateful To Live In America

Despite widely differing personal views, the people of this country can agree upon one thing: the fledgling United States government’s policies supporting democracy, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness crafted over 200 years ago led America to where it is today, a world leader and global success story. But that is just half the narrative. America is a leader in so many different ways for which we all are grateful.

 As a thought leader. Government-supported and free public schools for all were established after the American Revolution and by the 1930s, 100 percent of children attended school.  Though any parent will tell you our schools could do better, and vast discrepancies in quality exist, universal education is a fundamental right in America.

As a benevolence leader. A portion of the United States’ budget is allocated to provide foreign aid across the world for humanitarian needs following war-related or natural disasters. Whether or not you believe in this portion of government spending, the United States continues to be a helping hand to other countries in times of crisis. Additionally, America is home to thousands of charitable organizations, one of the most notable being the American Red Cross. According to its website, the American Red Cross is dedicated to preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors throughout the world.

As a liberty leader.  In 2013, Gallup asked people from 154 countries if they would like to migrate, and if so, where would they want to go? The United States was by far the most popular choice. Gallup estimates that around 140 million people would relocate to the United States, if they could. The United Kingdom was the second-most popular, with 42 million people.

But why do America’s shores continue to beckon? One reason could be the opportunity to prosper in the United States. Our county stands for balance of power and rule of law, where political leaders are fairly elected.  Our country encourages and celebrates individual achievement, but it is also a melting pot of cultures and ideas. In America, everyone has an equal and fair chance.

Although there is a lot to improve upon, these are just a few of the ways our country provides leadership to the rest of the world. These leadership roles represent fundamental democratic ideas that we all should express gratitude for, but never take for granted. I wish all of our hard working CEMA members a safe and fun filled 4th of July.

”Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.”  Coretta Scott King