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Letter: It’s good to be back, America!




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Editor:

It’s great to be back in America. I will say, even at its worst, America is better than anywhere in the world. I had the opportunity to spend the 4th of July in Texas (God Bless Texas) and attend an awesome fireworks demonstration.

Texas does it big, it does it proud, and it does the 4th of July, American. I bet many of you enjoyed your holiday, enjoyed some fireworks, but I bet it wasn’t like this. First, we went to a car race (pretty awesome) and for those that don’t know, in Texas, they say a prayer, then sing the national anthem in the way it was written to be sung, not all Hollywood up (vomit) and by the way, the singer didn’t forget the words, they nailed it!

There is also something to be said by people honoring our troops, saying “Thank You” and offering super-sized drinks and free refills (one of the things I’ve missed) along with barbecue and beans (tasty). For those that celebrated outside of Texas, I will ask, did you get chills up your spine when the patriotic music played as fireworks burst over your head, or was there some crazy music playing as you watched fireworks from afar?

With streets lined with American flags down the street as I went on a little run to clean out the pipes, I noticed that regardless of what is going on throughout America, there is a place where they give a care about America. They just don’t say it; they demonstrate it with their actions. We will see if that’s the same for other places I travel in the near future.

Along with free refills, I can now get cigars in the same day, can take a very long shower without water pressure dropping when someone else is showering, enjoy current music, and enjoy America. Listen, gang, we have it nice, real nice here, and I can tell every time I return back to America I see we all take this great land full of luxuries for granted. Clean water, safe neighborhoods where people aren’t leaving death notes on your door, and stores that make other people from thousands of miles away travel to America to buy our products.

I did chuckle the other day when I heard some teenagers complaining about something mundane in the store and I just sat in the brief line to pay for gas with a smile on my face and chomping on a cigar, thinking, “You have no clue how good you are off here.”

How I would love to take every high school senior to Afghanistan for 90 days to really see the world. Can you picture how they would handle that? After they cleaned the poo out of their shorts after the first IED near miss, we could get them involved into adopting a village and rebuild it and improve their water sources. However, kids, don’t turn your back on that farmer, he may have been intimidated by the bad guys and try to kill you.

Yeah, I would love to take a few teenagers (give me the “real tough guys”) and we will see how tough they are after they ask me where the gym or mall is and I begin to show them they have a few more things in life to worry about, instead of the gym or the mall. Let’s keep you alive for the first 30 days. How ’bout that for starters?

Yeah, this Fourth of July was not only a great patriotic welcome home, it was a reminder that America is alive and strong -- even if it’s not apparent where you live. It’s good to be back, America.

MAJ. PAIN

U.S. Marine Corps

Maj. Pain is an infantry officer who began as an enlisted Marine and then became an officer. He deployed numerous times and did multiple combat tours as an infantry officer. Follow him at www.onemarinesview.com.
 

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