I had the pleasure of taking a road trip across 7 states this weekend: CO, NE, IA, IL, IN, OH, and PA. I had never done anything like that before. It was humbling. It was awe-inspiring. It was beautiful. As I stopped from time to time, and encountered people of all walks of life in the heartland of America, there was a common denominator. Everyone was friendly. Everyone was pleasant. Everyone made eye contact as I passed them by and said “hello” or “thank you” as I held the door open for them. One gentleman at the South Chicago Lincoln Oasis rest stop went out of his way to complement my Captain America hoodie.
“I like those colors you’re wearing young man,” he said. “Well, thank you very much, sir,” I replied. It was a genuine complement, and I was proud to be an American.
The entire experience was a refreshing change of pace from my regular routine. It was a reprieve from the onslaught of negativism about what’s wrong with America. It was an oasis of what’s beautiful and great about America. It gives me hope that there can be another Great Awakening in America. The American spirit present at our founding in 1776 is still there. It’s just buried under layers of crust that can be chipped away.
May God continue to bless America. May He give those that love her founding principles the strength to fight the good fight against those that hate them. We’re far from perfect, but the GOAT (greatest of all time) in unlocking individual freedoms and unleashing human potential by instituting a constitutional representative republic with checks and balances. The “fourth branch of government” that has evolved since our founding, i.e. the Administrative State, is a serious treat to our republic, however we’ll fight to dissolve it just as we fought for our independence in 1776.
Here are some pictures from my journey across America. I hope you enjoy them as much I do.