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I have never considered myself to be a patriot. When I would hear others say that “they were proud to be an American”, I would quietly think to myself that I was thankful to be an American. Don’t get me wrong; I, my parents, my grandparents, and my great grandparents and their parents were born here. That was it. I was an American, a citizen of the United States by birth. I did nothing to be proud of but, I had an awful lot to be thankful for: Every four years we elect someone to head our government and there is a peaceful transition of power. The person that we voted for may not win an election, but we accept the idea that the newly elected will represent each one of us. The diversity of our population, all the races, religions, ethnic groups and beliefs all under one umbrella, the United States of America. Everyday when I get up and turn on the lights in my house, brush my teeth with running water at my sink, go to the grocery store around the corner for almost anything that I can imagine, or get up and drive from the east coast to the west coast…..I am thankful. I have been reading Anne-Marie Slaughter’s book, THE IDEA THAT IS AMERICA. Her work has redefined for me what it means to be a patriot. I realized that I was really proud of the ideas and values that are the foundation of this country. The core values being LIBERTY, DEMOCRACY, EQUALITY AND JUSTICE. This was to be a republic FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE. Many people have given their lives for these ideals. What are yours and my obligation to our democracy, our country, and our values? Can we put aside our egos, our fears, and our greed for these “OUR IDEALS”? It is time for each of us to take responsibility for our spiritual, emotional and conscious evolution. We are citizens of this planet and our own individual countries. We must step up to the greatest and most powerful leadership role that any of us can have, that of a citizen, men and women that have been “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights” I am a very ordinary person….someone who ponders as I wander. I welcome you to use this space as a place where we can begin to engage in a civil discourse, share ideas and inspire each other, because after all “we keep a’comin’. We’re the people that live”. There are more of us than any single individual or individuals that may attempt to harness some imagined power over the masses.