Jul 042018

Warning: This is more of a Bad Nick blog than a regular blog, but I think it needs said.

Happy birthday to my country. If I haven’t said it lately, I love you. I love the personal freedoms we all have because millions of brave men and women laid their lives on the line, and even sacrificed them to protect those freedoms for their fellow citizens. I love you not just for the beauty of your mountains, and your seashores, and your forests but also for your small towns and big cities. I love you for your people, whether they wear three-piece suits and carry briefcases when they get on the subway to go to work, or if they put on bib overalls and heavy boots and climb onto a tractor at the start of their workday. I love you for your universities, your libraries, and your roadside produce stands. Yes, America, I love you.

Now, that being said, America, grow up! Enough with the childish bickering back and forth because one candidate won or another candidate lost, or whatever. Enough with the stupid memes on social media that portray whoever you’re against as the Big Bad Wolf ready to blow the house down. Enough with the division that has broken up friendships and even family relationships. You are 242 years old today. Stop acting like you’re a spoiled four year old child.

When did the two party system become the “My party or else” system? While I love this country, I absolutely hate how polarized we have become. I had a long time friend tell me I was a liberal snowflake because we didn’t agree on something that President Trump did. A few days later another friend of long-standing told me I was a deplorable, not much more than a cross burning KKK member, because I own not one, but two AR 15s. She said it was people like me that are responsible for all of the school shootings happening in this country. Nope, you got the wrong guy. I haven’t shot anybody in 40 years, and it wasn’t a kid and it wasn’t at a school.

Calling people names because they may not agree with you about politics or anything else, is like schoolyard bullying. What’s next? Telling them they have cooties?

The other day when we were shopping at Michael’s in Daytona Beach, they had window stickers for cars that said My Dog Is A Republican and My Cat Is A Republican. They probably had the same thing saying somebody’s critter was a Democrat, just for equal time. Hey, heads up, your dog licks his butt and doesn’t give a damn about politics. Your cat craps in a box, and he doesn’t give a damn about politics either.

Here’s the thing nobody seems to remember – we are all Americans! Not one of us was born a Republican or Democrat, a conservative or a liberal. And nowhere in any Bible I’ve ever read does it say that when we die there is a Republican heaven or hell, or a Democrat heaven or hell.

Eventually Trump will be out of office and somebody else will replace him. Some people will be thrilled and others will be pissed off, just like right now. In the meantime, how about we all grow up and get back to being Americans?

Thought For The Day – Life is too short to be serious all the time. So if you can’t laugh at yourself, call me and I’ll laugh at you.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  28 Responses to “Happy Birthday America, Now Grow Up!”

  1. Well said, Nick!

  2. Hear, hear!

  3. Happy Fourth of July Nick ! My dog is a Independent for Independence Day.

  4. God Bless the USA thank you

  5. Happy Independence Day Nick … you gun tote’n deplorable snowflake you!

  6. Amen!

  7. So very well said and much needed.

  8. Thanks for saying this, NIck! We all need to hear it. Wish everyone could read it and abide by it.

  9. yes- the name calling and public shaming is appalling. (Slightly off topic, but of interest to me…I’m currently being publicly shamed because I visited Dow Gardens, and they are an evil chemical company. Just shaking head.)

  10. DITTO

  11. Well said, I am also proud to be am American.

  12. I hear applause! Well said Nick…

  13. I couldn’t agree with you more – God Bless America and ALL the “Nick’s” across this beautiful land…

  14. The Bible may not have a Heaven or Hell for the differing political parties, but it does distinguish between liberals and conservatives. Ecclesiastes 10:2

  15. This quote, which has been attributed to Socrates, but who knows, is one of my favorites: “When the argument is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser”.

  16. Happy Birthday America!

    As for today’s problems, I believe there is a well financed, well thought out, well planned propaganda campaign going on to change America.
    It seems to be working.

  17. Very well said Nick!

  18. Well said!

  19. As Al stated above: ^^^ DITTO ^^^.
    Thanks for writing what many of us want to stand up and shout today. Enjoy our Independence Day!

  20. Welcome back Bad Nick, you are right on target! Couldn’t be said better! I sure hope most Americans think the same.

  21. Ditto. More common sense is needed

  22. You nailed it straight sir!

  23. Well said Nick. Growing up is an act of will and it can be done. We may all have differences of opinions but American citizens have so much in common we need to put our differences aside and unite as friends and neighbors especially on this Independence Day. We have been blessed to be in the greatest nation in the world and we can be thankful for those that went before us to make our country great. God Bless America . Have a Happy Independence Day everyone.

  24. Great Blog! Let’s hope people listen to you.

  25. So TRUE and well-spoken!

  26. The sooner the better

  27. Amen!

  28. 100% agree!!

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