by Andy Estes
This land has always been one of true pioneer spirit. Leif Eriksson seeking better fishing. Columbus seeking a passage to India (and later, gold). Ponce De Leon looking for the fountain of youth. The Quakers, Lutherans, Methodists and a host of others seeking relief from persecution. Oppenheimer, Einstein, Sikorsky, the Beatles…all came here for one reason: This land celebrates the individual “…yearning to be free.” Can there be any greater hope in the human heart?
We seem poised on a knife’s edge; at what point does individual liberty threaten the security of a nation? At what point does national security threaten individual liberty? Is wearing Muslim garb more sinister than the tartan plaid in Boston? Is “Bury my heart at wounded knee” less valid than “remember the Alamo?”
We are all part of a Covenant. This is the Great Melting Pot. To be “of America” is to remember what America set out to be: “The land of the free and the home of the brave.”
Andy Estes is an admitted crackpot who believes in freedom, he has been: salesman, construction worker, writer, musician, parent, mechanic and once held the world record score on Zaxxon.