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Rep. Rich Cebra: What America do you want to live in?

Representative Richard Cebra represents Maine House District 68, which includes Baldwin, Cornish, Naples, Sebago and part of Parsonsfield.

I have received some really nasty messages and comments relating to my last column in the Bridgton News which prompted me to sit down and put some thoughts to paper. The question that keeps coming to my mind in light of the current political climate is: So what America do you want to live in?

Do you want to live in the America that restricts your rights like speech, religion and the Second Amendment?

An America that tells old people they should just die because they’re no longer useful?

An America that looks down on farmers and working people as too stupid to know their own good?

An America that tells you that a bad economy is just “the new normal”?
That asks you “what difference does it make?” when brave American heroes are killed in a 21st Century Alamo in Libya, abandoned by the government of the country they have served their entire life?

Do you want to live in a country that tells your honored wounded heroes they have to wait for help, but opens the doors to people that don’t legally belong here?

A country that is erasing its own history of exceptionalism?

Or do you want to live in a country that fixes those things…That looks at this country not as the cause of all the world’s problems, but as the great nation that it is, the Shining City on a hill as President Reagan called it.

President Trump summed it up as he closed his State Of The Union Speech this year…

“As the world bears witness tonight, America is a land of heroes. This is a place where greatness is born, where destinies are forged, and where legends come to life. This is the home of Thomas Edison and Teddy Roosevelt, of many great generals including Washington, Pershing, Patton, and MacArthur. This is the home of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Amelia Earhart, Harriet Tubman, the Wright Brothers, Neil Armstrong, and so many more. This is the country where children learn names like Wyatt Earp, Davy Crockett, and Annie Oakley. This is the place where the pilgrims landed at Plymouth and where Texas patriots made their last stand at the Alamo the beautiful, beautiful Alamo.

The American nation was carved out of the vast frontier by the toughest, strongest, fiercest, and most determined men and women ever to walk on the face of the Earth. Our ancestors braved the unknown; tamed the wilderness; settled the Wild West; lifted millions from poverty, disease, and hunger; vanquished tyranny and fascism; ushered the world to new heights of science and medicine; laid down the railroads, dug out the canals, raised up the skyscrapers. And, ladies and gentlemen, our ancestors built the most exceptional republic ever to exist in all of human history, and we are making it greater than ever before.

This is our glorious and magnificent inheritance. We are Americans. We are pioneers. We are the pathfinders. We settled the New World, we built the modern world, and we changed history forever by embracing the eternal truth that everyone is made equal by the hand of Almighty God.

America is the place where anything can happen. America is the place where anyone can rise. And here, on this land, on this soil, on this continent, the most incredible dreams come true.

This nation is our canvas, and this country is our masterpiece. We look at tomorrow and see unlimited frontiers just waiting to be explored. Our brightest discoveries are not yet known. Our most thrilling stories are not yet told. Our grandest journeys are not yet made. The American Age, the American Epic, the American adventure has only just begun.

Our spirit is still young, the sun is still rising, God’s grace is still shining, and, my fellow Americans, the best is yet to come.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless America. Thank you very much.”

With the right attitude and the right leadership, we can do anything. It’s morning in America again, more people are working today than ever before, our standard of living is higher than ever, we’re coming back. Why would we ever want to go back and double down on the failed Progressive/socialist experiment of just 4 short years ago. Now is a time for choosing. I chose American Exceptionalism.

God bless America.

This column originally appeared in the Bridgton News and is published with the permission of the author, Rep. Richard Cebra (R – Naples).

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