That's My Opinion©
By Sandy Goldman
The Rogers Park
When I was in 8th
grade at Le Moyne Grammar School, our teacher Mrs. Holtz gave us an
assignment. It was to pick a subject of
great significance and then to enumerate the reasons why and its ramifications
in both the present and the future in what she called “a pyramid of thoughts”.
to Mrs. Holtz (whom I loved dearly) - here is a “pyramid of thoughts” more than
55 years later - significant to both the present and the future.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN - BEING AN AMERICAN?
- The right to disagree with your
- The desire to have cocktails with the
- Praying together while in different
houses of worship.
- Unrestricted borders and the freedom
to travel through them.
- To satisfy the desire to travel in
foreign countries and be a tourist.
- A solid economy—in the final analysis!
- Political leaders who ARE world
leaders despite their shortcomings.
- Neighborhoods where people live
together - not always in harmony but neither in armed conflict.
- E Pluribus Unum--out of many, one.
- Placing a man on the moon.
- To mourn, to cry and to get up and
- The people of the great westward trail
of our early history and the great country they produced.
- The victories in many wars for many
freedoms and the courage to know when we were wrong.
- The dark shadows of our country -
slavery, the Japanese and German concentration camps in this country in WW
II, the Capone gangster era, the McCarthy era, the Pullman strikes of
1894, and the quota system in employment, housing, and education and other
evils - but to know also that there are concomitant goods.
- A day of national prayer.
- Hundreds of thousands of workers
manually sifting the ruins at WTC, at Oklahoma City, at the earthquake at
San Francisco and at dozens of other catastrophes.
- To go to bed at night unfettered and
unhindered and to awake the same way the next day.
- The freedom of the press.
- The freedom to love and yes - alas,
the freedom to hate.
- The Constitution and the Bill of
- The courage to admit our faults and
the resolve to correct them.
- The chance to grow old and be
relatively healthy or to have places in which to be cared for.
- To fall in love and to marry one’s own
- The right to have children or not and
to have grandchildren all of whom will live in a free society.
- The right to criticize and to be
- The right to join a union or not.
- The ability to grow as far as the
ability to go.
- To know that in times of jeopardy the
country unites – The United States of America.
- The best medical care in the world.
- Seeing Grand Coulee Dam, Hoover Dam, Yellowstone
Park, the Teton mountain range, Mt. Rushmore, and Chief Crazy Horse
- The skill to be erudite and incisive
and intelligent and also to be stupid and boorish and a jerk. Even to be
anti-American. The last two always seem to go together.
- The potential to be a successful
entrepreneur and also a possible failure.
- To have the strength, the resolve and
the financial resources to seek and find and punish those who would
attempt to destroy us.
- The right to fly the flag (but secure
it tightly, someone pilfered ours on Sept. 14th).
- God Bless America (even the scoundrel
who stole our flag).
...And that's my opinion.
And I'm Sandy Goldman
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