“Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.” -Benjamin Rush

After watching the trailer for Dinesh D’Souza’s new film “America”, it caused my patriot heart to swell with pride and tears spilled from my eyes.  The trailer features great highlights in America’s history and seeing those incredible moments made me realize how much we have taken America for granted.

Can you fathom what the world would look like had America never been discovered by Columbus?  What if George Washington had been killed while leading his troops into battle during the Revolution War?  Or perhaps what we’d look like if Abraham Lincoln had lost the Civil War to the South?  Those are the type of scenarios D’Souza lays out in his upcoming film that is scheduled to be released in July.  The world would be a very different place had America never existed.

America has always been a beacon of freedom, hope and opportunity.  I have been blessed beyond comprehension to be born in America; which is a fact that most of us fail to appreciate.  Foreigners can see how incredible we are, and have been, but why don’t we see it?  I long for the patriotism Americans had in times gone by.  We should show pride in what the United States has accomplished throughout history, and not apologize for it.  In the critical moments of history since the 1940’s America has been the nation to look to as a savior, so to speak, and as a beacon of hope.  When America has intervened in the World Wars and the wars that followed, which country has always saved the day?  That’s right…America.

Let’s look at what the word “patriotism” means. The dictionary definition of “patriotism” is “devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country”, but I feel that patriotism is much more. The word “patriotism” evokes a feeling of responsibility and pride.  Be it a good time or a bad time in our nation, the country always needs you, so patriotism still matters and will always matter.  The spirit of patriotism keeps our country united; it brings people from different walks of life to work together to makes us a better, stronger and prosperous nation.

America is exceptional; it is special.  We are a nation of strength, ingenuity, intelligence, dedication, compassion, innovation and diversity.  Our accomplishments are something to be proud of and celebrate.  We owe it to the generations to come to not only fight to preserve our freedoms, but to also remember where those freedoms come from; God.  God has blessed America abundantly over the past 200 years.  Indeed, we have turned our back on Him, but He has blessed us with a nation that is too precious to let die.  Let us renew our love for America.  Let us wave the banner of freedom high for all to see.

“O beautiful for patriot dream

That sees beyond the years

Thine alabaster cities gleam

Undimmed by human tears.

America! America!

God shed His grace on thee,

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea.”