The Fightin’ Side of Me

If you’re runnin’ down my country, hoss, you’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.

I’m not normally one for country music, but country artists are sometimes the best about singing songs about this wonderful country that I am proud of, the United States of America. Tonight was the first time I’ve heard this song, and I liked it because it expresses my feelings towards Americans who don’t like America.

 

I hear people talkin’ bad,
About the way we have to live here in this country,
Harpin’ on the wars we fight,
An’ gripin’ ’bout the way things oughta be.
An’ I don’t mind ’em switchin’ sides,
An’ standin’ up for things they believe in.
When they’re runnin’ down my country, man,
They’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.

Yeah, walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.
Runnin’ down the way of life,
Our fightin’ men have fought and died to keep.
If you don’t love it, leave it:
Let this song I’m singin’ be a warnin’.
If you’re runnin’ down my country, man,
You’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.

I read about some squirrely guy,
Who claims, he just don’t believe in fightin’.
An’ I wonder just how long,
The rest of us can count on bein’ free.
They love our milk an’ honey,
But they preach about some other way of livin’.
When they’re runnin’ down my country, hoss,
They’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.

Yeah, walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.
Runnin’ down the way of life,
Our fightin’ men have fought and died to keep.
If you don’t love it, leave it:
Let this song I’m singin’ be a warnin’.
If you’re runnin’ down my country, man,
You’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.

Yeah, walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.
Runnin’ down the way of life,
Our fightin’ men have fought and died to keep.
If you don’t love it, leave it:
Let this song I’m singin’ be a warnin’.
If you’re runnin’ down my country, man,
You’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.

The United States isn’t perfect, but a lot of our imperfections have to do with government corruption, liberal education, globalism, and illegal immigration, not to mention presidents who believe America needs to be weakened and humbled, and presidential candidates who think that our economic system needs to be remade into Communism so it will be more ‘fair’.

I’m a bit of an oddity because I was born on the tail end of Generation X to parents who were Baby Boomers. My grandfather fought in World War II and Korea and lived to tell about it. I grew up in the Bible Belt where there was always an American flag in the sanctuary, no matter what church we went to. In elementary school music class, we learned patriotic songs like America The Beautiful.

In Boy Scouts, we learned in detail how to handle and respect the flag. At the end of every Laser Show at Stone Mountain, they played God Bless The U.S.A. and I was always so moved that it brought tears to my eyes. It still does.

I love this country, and I’m proud of it.

I grew up in the 1980’s during Ronald Reagan’s administration, so when I think of the word ‘presidential’, I will always think of Reagan. In his final address, Reagan gave a warning and an encouragement to America regarding patriotism. I have it queued up to the end, but do watch the whole speech sometime, it’s fantastic.

When it comes to America, I get angry sometimes because I see people who don’t love this country, or see problems with the fundamentals of this nation. When I look at the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, I see a country crafted by men of honor who looked upon making a new nation as a sacred task, guaranteeing liberty and protection for the generations to come.

Deep down inside, I believe there is nothing wrong with the heart of this nation. But I do believe America is sick. Our politicians are corrupt beyond imagination, especially in the White House and Congress. We desperately need to weed out corruption in our government. Reagan also said that, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”” Well, government has ‘helped’ far too much–and it’s time for a change.

I encourage you, if you are an American or long to become one, to look into our nation’s history. We have a long, valiant history filled with men and women who worked and fought to guarantee our freedom. Learn about patriotism and what it means to be an American.

But if you start talking bad about this country–if you want to burn the flag, if you want to bring Communism in, if you want to let violent jihadists in, if you want to leave our borders open to invasion, if you want to keep your establishment politicians in office, making the big bucks while our personal freedoms and fortunes suffer, if you want to kowtow to foreign nations, then be warned…you’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.

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