April 20, 2006

One Reason Why I Love America

If the federal government is run like the Smithsonian, then we all should run for the hills. Red-tape fills my museum like water in a fish tank. Because I work for the government, I am thus cynical about the government.

But my cynicism suffered a gentle blow when I read about the Zacarias Moussaoui case. Moussaoui faces the death penalty on the charge that he conspired with al-Qaida to plan the 9/11 attacks. He has pleaded guilty on this charge and has even asserted that he was supposed to fly a plane into the White House. When asked in court whether or not he would kill more Americans, Moussaoui declared: "Any time. Anywhere."

So here is a man pumped full of hatred towards America. When relatives of 9/11 victims testified in court about their hardships and mourning, Moussaoui scoffed at them. "I find it disgusting that some people will come here to share their grief," he said. He has asserted---under oath---that he will try to kill Americans even if he is behind bars.

It is plain to see that Moussaoui is the ultimate enemy of the United States. Yet he still receives a fair trial on our national soil. His appointed lawyer, Gerald T. Zerkin, is a public defender with experience in capital cases. Even family members of 9/11 victims have stepped forward to argue against the death penalty.The Constitutional rights to a fair trial, an impartial jury, and due process are all granted to the defendant, even though he is a French citizen.

Of course our legal system is far from perfect (ahem, Guantanamo), but it still functions rather well. Why? Because it's built upon a solid foundation---rights to a fair trial, rights to an impartial jury of one's peers, rights to proper counsel, rights to a speedy and public trial. The Constitution is a remarkable machine that has worked for over two-hundred years.

So take that, Zacarias Moussaoui and al-Qaida. You can't tear us down with terrorist attacks and scare tactics. You can murder our soldiers and our civilians, but you cannot destroy our America. The America I love is not defined by race, religion, or geography, but by rights, freedoms, and liberties. The America I love is intangible.

This is one of the many reasons (along with Cadbury Mini Eggs) why I love my country.


  1. Amen to that. No matter where I go in the world and no matter how much opposition we face as a country I will always be proud of my American heritage. I cannot speak for the misguided actions of individual Americans but I can speak for what our country as a whole principally stands for. Our Constitution is unparalleled in the world - over 200 years and running...

    And you're right about America being intangible. It is an ever-evolving nation and we must make sure it continues to maintain all those rights and privileges and principles that our inspired forefathers intended us to have and which we enjoy every single day.

  2. Shawn, finally, we agree on something! The Church is true! Haha.