Passion for America

  • I found myself listening intently tonight to KERA, and the story of a young man who had come to America from the African Congo to get an education.  He talked of the hope and power of America, and of his hope that his country would one day be a nation of power, as well.  This young man talked of his desire to be an electrical or civil engineer, in order to return to his country to make a difference.  I was struck by such determination, purpose, meaningful drive, and admiration for the country that could make his dream a reality.  I ask myself the question of how America can continue to be a nation of hope and promise, while  at the same time refusing to accept immigrants of such passion and purpose?  Do we, as Americans, given the opportunity for freedom and in many cases, much materialistic excess, demonstrate the same passion, commitment and love for this country, as these immigrants who sacrifice so much to come to America?

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