American building blocks

Community Columnist

— I would build bigger and better forts to save the green plastic men, but at the same time, I would find bigger bombs to drop.

“America” is my favorite word of all time, just the way it looks and sounds and what it stands for.

America gave us electricity, the light, the car, the plane, the radio, the television and the computer. America freed the slaves and saved the world from Hitler.

America gave us baseball, Disneyland and Humphrey Bogart. It gave us Sinatra, Springsteen and Elvis. America gave us Abbot and Costello. America has been very good to us, but I wish I couldn’t see both sides of it.

In fact, we aren’t as free as we think we are. We aren’t always the good guys. We don’t always do the right thing.

And the word “America” around the world today may be as distasteful to some as what the word “Hitler” meant to us years ago. Of course, there is no comparison. We aren’t Germany taking over the world, but innocent children in foreign lands could be taught that we are.

If so, who’s to stop them from hating us?

There needs to be an effort to put back that shine to the most beautiful word of all, America.

We aren’t a certain president or party or religion or color.

We are a people. We can’t just isolate ourselves. We are the most powerful country of all time, but we share something bigger than us with every other human being that ever lived.

We share the planet. We are the self-proclaimed stewards of this planet and we can’t let our children down.

We must keep on building, one block at a time, to stay ahead of the inevitable destruction. We need bigger and better forts to gather more of the world inside.

We must teach the world freedom and share it with them. Stop slave labor. End third world poverty. Diminish pollution. These may not be profitable endeavors. It’s just the right thing to do.

I know this and you know this.

And there is nothing better than knowing something and being right about it.

Sometimes, you just have to get off the fence.

Willie Kiernan is a past editor of the Cazenovia Republican and a contributing columnist at Eagle Newspapers. He can be reached through the editor at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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