Just Because You Were Born in America

22 Feb

Just Because You Were Born in America

by L. Stewart Marsden

Just because you were born in America, it . . .

  • Doesn’t mean you’re smart
  • Doesn’t mean you’ll vote every year
  • Doesn’t mean you’ll be a good citizen
  • Doesn’t mean you’ll contribute to society
  • Doesn’t mean you’ll be a good father or mother
  • Doesn’t mean you’ll honor your commitment to your spouse
  • Doesn’t mean you’ll honor your parents
  • Doesn’t mean you will honor your commitments
  • Doesn’t mean you will work hard
  • Doesn’t mean you will sacrifice for others
  • Doesn’t mean you will honor the flag and what it stands for
  • Doesn’t mean you will serve your country
  • Doesn’t mean you’ll do well in school
  • Doesn’t mean you won’t break the laws of this land
  • Doesn’t mean you will not go to jail or prison
  • Doesn’t mean you will not violate the rights of another citizen
  • Doesn’t mean you could pass the U.S. Citizenship Exam

Just because you were not born in America, it . . .

  • Doesn’t mean you’re unintelligent
  • Doesn’t mean you wouldn’t value the right to vote
  • Doesn’t mean you would avoid being a good citizen
  • Doesn’t mean you will not contribute to society
  • Doesn’t mean you will be a bad father or mother
  • Doesn’t mean you will cheat on or leave your spouse
  • Doesn’t mean you will dishonor your parents
  • Doesn’t mean you will shirk on your commitments
  • Doesn’t mean you will be lazy
  • Doesn’t mean you won’t sacrifice for others
  • Doesn’t mean you will dishonor the flag
  • Doesn’t mean you wouldn’t serve this country
  • Doesn’t mean you will fail in school
  • Doesn’t mean you will break the laws of this land
  • Doesn’t mean you are destined for jail or prison
  • Doesn’t mean you will violate the rights of a citizen
  • Doesn’t mean you will fail the U.S. Citizenship Exam.

What does it mean to be born in America?

That you are lucky and blessed and have much to be thankful for.

What does it mean if you were not born in America?

That, like the ancestors of most Americans, you are someone who desires to improve your life and future possibilities, and you see America as the one place in the world where those can occur.

There are, of course, exceptions to all of the above. Thankfully, those exceptions are few.

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2 Responses to “Just Because You Were Born in America”

  1. Dave Moylan February 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    well said, my friend, well said. Keep writing!!

  2. Mo September 28, 2012 at 3:40 am #

    Nice one… i should do a version of this based just because you are born in africa….

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