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Lessons from John Wayne: The Way Forward

United we stand, divided we fall is a phrase that we all have heard at some point in our life.  The other day I was talking to a good friend and we were talking about the current immigration issues that we as a nation must address.  He told me a story that really got me thinking.  He is Hispanic, but sees himself as an American first and foremost.  He told me how he struggled in high school with his grades and how he felt that he wanted something more in life.  Like most young people, he didn’t have the money for college after he graduated from high school.  His parents could have helped with his education, but he decided that it was his responsibility and that if he wanted to advance his condition in life it rested on his shoulders.  It was a profound declaration you just don’t hear enough of anymore.

He decided the best route to take was enlisting in the military.  The military provided him an opportunity to serve his nation while taking advantage of the educational opportunities offered.  He told me that he had just completed all the course requirements for a bachelor’s degree in management.  I looked at him, shook his hand, and told him how proud I was of him.

You see it was then that it hit me that it’s not about Mexican-Americans or African-Americans or any type of hyphenated American.  It is simply about Americans wanting to achieve something tangible to make a better life for themselves.  It’s about successfully going after the American dream and reaching goals.  This young individual doesn’t see an America with hyphens, he sees an America where the opportunities are endless as long as we are free to choose.

I feel many people have forgotten basic concept.  You can see this everytime you watch a YouTube video of people clashing in California or Arizona.  Hopefully this will act as a reminder that it’s not about heritage, or ethnic background, or even skin color.  It’s about liberty and freedom.  It’s not about the false collective liberties and perceived rights that these radical leftist groups are peddling.  It’s about real individual liberties and freedoms that each of us are born with.  In America we are free to chase our dreams and hopefully achieve success because we embrace the principles of liberty, freedom, and property rights.  This is a path that is available to all no matter where they come from or what heritage they embrace.  We know that the path will not be free from obstacles, but at least there is a path to follow as long as we remain a free people.  However we must always be vigilant of the forces out there that want to keep us divided and arguing over our skin color or ethnic background.  As we fight with each other and knock flags out of each other’s hand, these forces are building walls around us to limit our choices, thereby limiting our liberties and freedoms.  They’re implementing new regulations, overstepping their constitutional authority, and creating barriers through the legal system that are stealing away liberties, and because we’re fighting with each other, no one is even noticing.

One day, no matter the color of our skin or the heritage we claim, we will discover that we no longer have freedom of choice, because the government will be making our choices.  We will look back and wonder where we lost our way, only realizing when it’s too late that the way forward was always before us, we were just too shortsighted to see it.

I’m a big John Wayne fan.  I feel that his western character symbolized what we were all about as a nation.  He walked with confidence and determination, while under the surface there was a lion ready to strike if called upon.  His rough exterior combined with an even temper found a harmonious balance with each other.  Whenever I watched a John Wayne movie I could instantly relate to him and America.  He understood what we were about and how special our country was.  He knew that by building walls between us it would eventually tear us apart.  He expressed these sentiments years ago.

Below John Wayne put this concept of the hyphenated American into perspective. I know this is old, but it still rings true.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!


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  • Teresa May 14, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    That was an excellent video! I hadn't seen that before. We should not judge people by their skin color or place people in different groups according their ethinic background because that will divide Americans, cause chaos, and possibly destroy America. We are all Americans!

  • John Carey May 14, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Yes we are Teresa. It is too bad that there are forces that want to keep us divided by pitting us against each over the "Hyphen".

  • Gorges Smythe May 14, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    I've been a fan of John Wayne all my life, so I know I'll be thought of as un-American for saying this, but The person of Wayne and the persona may not have been quite as paralell as we think. Your Mexican, oops, American friend who got his college through the military is probably the bigger hero. On the other hand, the brats who took down the American flags in California and hoisted the Mexican flag need to be forced to live in Mexico for five years and then see whose flag they like the best.

  • John Carey May 14, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    Gorges, I'm with you as far as how despicable those actions were. I'm just saying that part of me believes that we're playing into the hands of the forces that want to fundamentally change our great nation when we radar lock on the hyphen thing. I agree with you that they have disrespected our nation and for that I have zero respect for them. But I will not allow it to consume me and lose focus on another anti American group in DC that actually has the power to not only disrespect us, but write laws that will eventually enslave us.

    Thank you for stopping by. I always appreciate your comments.