I love my country more than I can
convey in words.
When I became an Eagle Scout, I
was taught to honor, appreciate, and respect all that weíve been
My fellow Nashville resident Lee
Greenwood said it best when he sang:
If tomorrow all the things were gone I'd worked for all my life,
And I had to start again with just my children and my wife.
I'd thank my lucky stars to be living here today,
Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can't take that
And I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
Most Americans would agree with
Mr. Greenwoodís sentiments. But words and actions are two
Voter turnout in the U.S. ranks near the bottom when compared to other countries.
We should be ashamed of ourselves
for that dismal statistic. Itís a
disgrace to the people who made it possible for us to vote.
Thanking the troops for their
service is fine, but actions speak louder than words. We owe a
great debt to the men and women who served and sacrificed for
While we can never repay that
debt, one thing we can do is participate in the
democracy they gave so much to defend.
Voting is about more than
affecting the outcome of elections.
Itís about taking ownership.
Itís about not being
Itís about not being lazy or
Itís about participating in
something bigger than ourselves.
Itís about honoring those who made
Itís about duty and obligation.
(If youíre an American and
donít feel obligated to vote, click
Most states require employers to
give employees time off to vote, and 23 require that it be paid
Regardless of whether yours does,
I recommend that employers implore all of their employees to
vote, and give them paid time off to do it.
It not only makes them better
citizens, it makes them better people. It also makes them better
employees since taking ownership, not being self-centered, and
fulfilling our duties are qualities we look for in the people we
Whatever you do today, I implore
you to lead by example and vote. It's our greatest privilege, and our greatest
obligation as citizens.
To Your Success,
Proud to be an American and Proud
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