“Born American, but in the wrong place.”

| July 13, 2006

Peter Schramm, Professor of Politicial Science at Ashland University, tells of his long journey from being born in Communist-occupied Hungary to ultimately “teaching…native-born Americans…how to think about their own country.” He ends as follows:

But what I do with these American natives is I teach them about American politics and American history. I start with a simple thing about their country and themselves. I tell them that they are the fortunate of the earth, among the blessed of all times and places. I tell them this as an obvious and an incontrovertible thing. And their blessing, their great good fortune, lies in the nation into which they were born. I tell them not only that their country, the United States of America, is the most powerful and the most prosperous country on earth, but also that it is the most free and the most just. Then I tell them how and why this is so. That is, I teach them about the principles from which these blessings of liberty flow. I invite them to consider whether they can have any greater honor than to pass undiminished to their children and their grandchildren this great inheritance of freedom. And then we talk for a few years about how they might best go about doing that. And this is the beginning and the end of what I have learned and of what I teach both as an American citizen and a human being.

It’s a long essay, but it’s worth reading the entire thing. Hat tip to Winds of Change. ..bruce..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at bwebster@bfwa.com, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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  1. Evil Bruce says:

    My appreciation for this country went up by spending time in other parts of the world thanks to the USMC. Seeing first hand the gap between what we have hear and what is the normal in other parts of the world is a real eye opener.

    Things we take for granted, like electricity that works 24×7, windows on your house, multiple TV stations and a car we can drive to a store to buy high quality food seem like fables and tall tales in some parts of the world.