I am an American

I am 1 of 310 million people;  I am an American.  I was born with certain unalienable rights, endowed by my creators.  I am an American.  Opportunity is bountiful — to do whatever I so wish to do.  I can be an executive.  I can be a doctor, a lawyer, a factory worker, or a bum.  I can live in any State that I want.  If I don’t feel good — I can call in sick to work — and get paid.   Many people say that the best way to succeed is to get a college diploma.  That is not necessarily true.  Sylvester Stallone dropped out of high school, and drove to California with only the clothes on his back.  He had a dream and direction.  He lived in his car for a while, and I don’t have to tell you the outcome of his dream.  He is an American.

Contrary to what others might think, the American dream is easier to reach than before.  Sensationalism has replaced talent in society.  If you think you’re sensational then, by all means, take the time to audition for the hundreds of reality shows.  Make sure you have six-pack abs, however.

I’m not any more different from other Americans.  I have a screenplay, and I have a dream.  I hope to be successful someday.  However, I’m still working out the definition of success.

I don’t gauge success by the car that one drives, the job that one obtains, or the dwelling that one lives.  Success to me is carving out a direction in your life, and going as far as possible to reach it.  But, I am an American.  It is easier to spend my money; then to save it.  It is easier to knock down something; then to build it.  And, recently, it has been far too easy to complain about something; than to fix it.  We are American.

President John F. Kennedy declared, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things. Not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”

It was hard, alright.  The United States created new technology to meet the goal.  Technology that is far less than today’s.  They say that all the computers in Mission Control are equal to today’s modern-day laptop computer, and the computers on the Apollo space craft had the same power as the modern-day wrist-watch.  The brave men that volunteered for the “space race” are heroes.  They are also Americans.

With technology growing exponentially, year by year, why is it that we are not progressing forward?

This weekend is the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.  Five years later and there are still over 60,000 abandoned homes, and there are still 860 families living in FEMA trailers.  Is this American?  Of course, it’s all the Government’s fault — isn’t it?  It is easy to blame an entity that is designed  to inadequately perform.  Government is designed to resist change.  The Mayor, at the time, Ray Nagin, was staying at the  penthouse suite in the Ritz-Carlton while his city, and its people, were drowning.  It was George Bush’s fault.

In just a few short weeks, the ninth anniversary of the September 11th attacks will be underway.  Nine years later, where the twin towers once stood, there is still a hole.  Nothing has been done, but billions have been spent.  Is that American?  Is it American to show our enemies that we are pussies when faced with tragedy?  Is it American to discriminate against the millions of Muslims in this Country for the acts of 19?  Is it American to think that we live in a cynical nation, and not enough saints?

Enough already! Let’s stand up!  Let’s show everyone!  The same passion that people had towards the corrupt Iranian election, the Tsunami in Indonesia, the earthquake in Haiti and the current oil spill in the Gulf could be transformed into something that will let everyone know — we are American.