Proud to be a Christian

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I am proud to attend church every Sunday to worship my God, Jesus Christ. I am proud to live in the greatest country in the world, America. I am proud to have volunteered in the military, served four years and received an honorable discharge. I am proud to volunteer to help those in need. I am proud to give and lend financial help where the need requires.  
I am proud to live under the laws of freedom’s documents (the Constitution and Bill of Rights). I am proud to stand at attention when the American flag passes before me.
I am proud that a family member (ancestor) received the Medal of Honor. Charles Whittlesey and his men were surrounded for six days, out of food and water and low on ammunition, but refused to surrender. I am proud that two members of my family died fighting in the War of 1812. I am proud that my brother- in-law was a crew member on the carrier Hornet and helped launch the B-25s that attacked Tokyo in 1942. I am proud that my uncle and father served in World War I. I am proud that my father built ships during World War II. One such ship he helped build was the famous light cruiser Juneau CL 52, sunk in the battle of Guadalcanal (where the five Sullivan brothers were lost).
I am proud to celebrate with my wife our 45th wedding anniversary. I am proud that I was blessed with good health that enabled me to work long hours at hard manual labor. I am proud that my wife and I were able, through hard work, to educate our children. I am proud to have wonderful grandchildren.
I now say what a privilege it is for me to live in the greatest state in the union – South Carolina. I am proud of the fact that South Carolina is blessed with honorable and outstanding politicians Sen. Jim DeMint, Rep. Mick Mulvaney and other patriots.
To all those who make it a hobby trying to chastise and criticize all that they see wrong with America, ask yourself this question.
How many of these glum and unhappy people living in America are trading their citizenship papers with the thousands of people who are walking and swimming to try to get to America? The answer is no one. If you don’t like America, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, go to some other country; the door swings both ways. If you want to come back, prove yourself first by being a proud American.

Franklin Whittlesey
Indian Land