As we put the wraps on the 4th of July weekend for this year, I would like to remind everyone that patriotism should be celebrated every day not just once a year, because America, my good people, is the single greatest country on earth. Understand, believe and support this statement as fact - or kindly pick another place to hang your hat.
Good luck finding a better one.
Because, if I've said it once, I've said it a million times; as imperfect as things are in this "new" little country of ours - I'd rather live here than any place else. Ever.
Look, of course America isn't without her flaws and certainly we don't all agree on everything all the time here in the good old US of A. However, most all of us seem to believe in hard work, helping the poor and sick, and that we are one nation under God. And, despite the notion by some folks around the globe that we are simply a bunch of loud, crazy cowboys-there are a plethora of grateful countries to whose aid we have rushed in times of trouble and who'd likely attest that we are the most loyal, philanthropic, fair, giving, helpful and democratic republic anywhere on the planet.
Even if we are a bunch of loud, crazy cowboys. I mean, is that really such a bad thing, after all? Take, for instance, this lot of bona fide cowboys who represent America just fine, if you ask me ...
First of all, Theodore Roosevelt. Yep, he wasn't just the 26th U.S. President and creator of the "Square Deal" - this Bull Moose was also an authentic, horse-riding Rough Rider. He was a not only a devoted public servant but a proponent of harmony. In fact, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1919 for his part in ending the Russo-Japanese War. Not too shabby of a role model for America, in my opinion.
Then there's John Wayne. This Academy Award winning actor wasn't just a Hollywood icon, he was also a true patriot who staunchly backed America and her leaders, even when they weren't his first choice. In fact, he famously voiced support for John F. Kennedy after his inauguration, even though he'd campaigned for his foe, Richard Nixon before the election. His devotion to American veterans was almost as legendary as his slow, distinctive delivery as the hero in a western movie. True Grit? Yeah, he had it. Clearly, "The Duke" bled red, white and blue.
Finally, there's my unorthodox choice as a paragon of cowboy-ness Miranda Lambert. I know, she's a girl, but still. Whether you like country music or not, you've got to hand it to this tough gal crooner. Texas born and bred, this bazillion-record-selling singer who's won like, 197 country music awards in her young and destined-to-be-long career is a symbol of American girl power at its unapologetic, kick-butt best. This dynamo not only eats red meat, she hunts, fishes and will totally skin hubby and fellow mega-star Blake Shelton alive if he cheats on her. I'm not positive if she actually chews tobacco but it wouldn't surprise me. You've gotta love a girl like that. Go, Miranda!
Bottom line; Americans are God-fearing, decent, reliable, empathetic and charitable, on the whole. To my fellow Americans; please honor your homeland. To the rest of the free world; please give us the courtesies and regard we respectfully offer to others ... or we'll send Miranda Lambert after you.
God Bless America, y'all!
Kimerer is a Tribune Chronicle columnist and wildly patriotic American. Send her your nominees for all-time top American cowboy or cowgirl at firstname.lastname@example.org.