Fellow Americans: Do You Get How Blessed You Are?

Fellow Americans: Do You Get How Blessed You Are?

I remember seeing a music video once where, as the song starts, it pans to a scene where one of the guys holds up his U.S. passport and says, “As long as I have this … it really doesn’t matter.” Meaning—his U.S. passport was his most important possession. That idea was running through my mind as a friend shared some devastating news with his listeners. His name is Jonathan Dunne, and he’s been working for years to educate Americans about our unlikely history, the tenants that made us great, and ultimately— how to protect that gift. Amazingly, he’s not American. He’s Irish, and becoming an American has been his dream for over 20 years. This year—with a job offer in hand—he was just some paperwork away from achieving it. Without getting into the minutia of immigration law, it boils down to this: he doesn’t meet the qualifications for any work visa. And with that, Dunne’s dream died. Through tears, he begged his listeners not to suggest he come here illegally, because “I’d never, ever ever disrespect the country I love so much.” What a concept. And what love of a country that’s not even his—and may never be. I can’t help but think about this as we just celebrated another year of independence. Do we get how blessed we are? Let me ask that again. Do we get it? Do we understand what a precious gift we hold? Do you understand how blessed we are to have been born here, invited in, allowed to stay here (despite some of you having broken the law to do so)? Do we understand that we—rich and poor, powerful and lowly—are...